Leh victims yet to get permanent dwelling units

No permanent structure has been installed for the homeless so far despite assurances being given by the authorities that units for the victims will come up before the advent of winter. Only a sample prefabricated structure has been constructed so far at Solar colony, Choglamsar, and most of the victims are still putting up in tents.

In Skurbuchan village, the National Bamboo Application has constructed four prefabricated bamboo houses for the victims and they are planning to construct 20 more such units in the same area.

Chief Executive Councillor of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council Tsering Dorjay said, "We are now not constructing houses for the victims.""Instead, we are giving Rs two lakh to those whose houses were completely damaged and Rs one lakh to people whose houses were partially damaged," he said.

Apart from this, the government will give subsidy on timber and will make available all the construction materials for them, Dorje said.The authorities are now planning to shift the victims who are presently putting up in tents to government buildings like schools and other such buildings so that they could protect themselves during winter.

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