The Jammu and Kashmir government is planning to develop housing colonies at various places in the twin capitals of Srinagar and Jammu to provide better housing facilities to the people, particularly weaker sections of the society.

“We are planning to develop modern housing colonies at various places in Srinagar and Jammu to rehabilitate displaced families of River Jhelum and economically weaker sections of the society,” Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand said on Tuesday.

Chand, who is also in-charge Housing and Urban Development Department, said about Rs 3.50 crore are proposed to be spent on these colonies both in Srinagar and Jammu during the current financial year.

“About 300 hectares of land have already been notified for the purpose,” he said.

He said one more mini housing colony is being developed at Bemina at a cost of about Rs 12.94 crore. An amount of Rs 2.80 crore have already been spent on the project.

In Jammu, Chand said housing colonies for economically weaker sections of the society is being developed at Udheywala, Ploura, Gole Gujral and Bhagwati Nagar under State plan.