Finally on Saturday,after a gap of 45 days, All India Congress Committee Vice President Rahul Gandhi would be sparing little over precious three hours time to visit quake hit areas of erstwhile Doda district.
On the other hand the poor and needy people would be hoping to hear golden words of the dynamic Congress leader as regards receiving some relief and getting rehabilitated to bring back their derailed lives on track.
After all for last 45 days the people in the area have been awaiting distribution of relief material but till date they have not received any thing but hollow assurances.
The centre govt is yet to apply its mind and announce whether they are going to sanction the financial assistance as projected by the state govt. On May 21 the state cabinet had approved a relief and rehabilitation package to the tune of Rs 607 crore while seeking assistance from the centre.
Meanwhile, the efforts made by the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to help affected people with funds from the state disaster relief fund cut little ice with the affected population as they refused to accept the paltry assistance.
All along the leaders in the Doda region and the state cabinet have raised hopes of the people that they would be receiving the assistance at par with the Leh cloud burst victims and soon the centre govt would announce the same.
Apparently, the centre was not convinced with the assessment made by the state government and was waiting for its own agencies to submit a detailed assessment report on the basis of which they were expected to sanction the financial assistance.
As per rough estimates the May 1 earthquake caused widespread damage to over 70,000 structures besides large number of state govt buildings including schools and heatlh centres.
It remains to be seen whether the high profile visit of the congress vice president would be enough to convince the central govt agencies to accept the assesment report prepared by the state govt or they would take a liberal view and approve the package on the basis of their own assessment reports to enable the affected population restart construction/renovation/repair work of their damaged houses before the onset of monsoon.