Kishtwar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday demanded a Rs 600 crore package from the Centre for earthquake affected Doda-Kishtwar belt of the state.
    
"We seek Rs 600 crore package for earthquake-hit families of erstwhile Doda district. The State government has already submitted the proposal for this package to the Union Government," Omar said addressing a gathering after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi laid the foundation stone of 850 MW Rattle Project.
    
Two persons were killed and 69 others, including 26 students and three teachers, injured when scores of buildings were damaged in a massive earthquake in Doda and Kishtwar districts on May 1, affecting over 80,000 families.
    
The Chief Minister also sought special component for land compensation under Prime Minister's Reconstruction Plan (PMRP), Phase two.
    
Omar said large number of houses have damaged in erstwhile Doda district in the devastating earthquake besides severe damage to public infrastructure.
    
"We hope that the Centre would come forward and help the affected families to reconstruct their houses," he said.
    
"Under the PMRP, the state was given special component for acquisition of land to construct roads under PMGSY. We request same component under PMRP-2," he said.
    
Underlying the need for linking Doda and Kishtwar districts with the Valley for economic welfare and round the year accessibility, Omar sought Central funding for construction of Singhpora-Violo Tunnel.

(Agencies)

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