Sonia Gandhi to visit Jammu-Kashmir May 29

May 23rd, 2010 - 11:55 am ICT by IANS  

Sonia Gandhi Jammu, May 23 (IANS) Congress President Sonia Gandhi will visit Jammu and Kashmir May 29, a party spokesperson said here Sunday.
She will visit the capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar, the spokesperson said.

Sonia will inaugurate a tribal cultural centre in Jammu and address a function organised by the Gujjar community. Her family has been closely associated with the Gujjar community.

The late prime minister Indira Gandhi, mother-in-law of Sonia, used to visit the Gujjar community once a year.

After spending some time in Jammu in the morning, she will visit Srinagar to lay the foundation stone of a colony for Dal dwellers.

About 11,000 Dal lake dwellers are being shifted out of the lake where they had set up their clusters. They are being rehabilitated on the outskirts of Srinagar.

Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, who is also holding the portfolios of housing and urban development, told IANS that Dal has been cleaned up to a large extent and efforts were underway to restore it to its original glory.

The Dal dwellers, he said, would be given a good place to live. The government will construct a residential colony for them.

“That would further help us in cleaning the waters of Dal, which is part of our heritage,” Tara Chand said.

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