Jammu city is under immense pressure because of rapid urbanization, and very high migration from the hilly areas of the state including Kashmir. In such a situation a large number of unauthorized colonies which are totally unplanned have come up on the outskirts of the city which accommodates the migrants, labourers from others states, and those who shift to Jammu during the winter.
In the wake of massive growth of such colonies it is now imperative upon the government to regularize such areas, and bring some sanity into their functioning so that residents facing problems are not permanently harassed. A committee as such had recommended regularization of 21 colonies in Jammu, and 1 such colony in Jammu but the decision has been stuck in litigation. The High Court has made it clear that regularization is possible only when there is an effective policy in place in this regard. In wake of such a situation entire development work is stuck in these unauthorized colonies, and the government will need to take a quick decision to resolve this impasse.