Srinagar, Oct12: As many as 221 languishing Water Supply Schemes have been sanctioned with an estimated cost of Rs 459 crores across the State under the special dispensation to be funded through Jammu and Kashmir Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (JKIDFC).
The information was given at a meeting chaired by the Secretary, Public Health Engineering (PHE), Irrigation & Flood Control (I&FC) and DMRRR, Farooq Ahmad Shah convened to discuss and finalize the action-plan for completion of languishing water supply schemes.
The meeting was attended by the Chief Engineer, PHE, Abdul Wahid, Superintending Engineers, Executive Engineers, Officers of Finance and Planning Departments besides other senior officers of PHE Department.
Threadbare discussion was held on languishing projects and other related schemes including Water Supply Schemes district wise.
On the occasion, the Secretary PHE said that the Government had recently accorded sanction for the establishment of JK Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (JKIDFC) for completion of unfunded and languishing infrastructure projects in the State which are the priority for the Governor’s administration.
He directed the officers of the Department to prepare comprehensive plans in this regard and submitted the same to the concerned quarter for accord of necessary sanction. He also asked officers to ensure that the projects are free from all encumbrances before it is considered for approval.
Shah said that all the pending projects should be strictly completed within the stipulated time frame. He also asked them to complete the fixed targets well in time and also stressed for judicious use of funds. He said no further time or cost overrun shall be allowed under any circumstances on such projects.
He also said that the instructions were already given for monitoring of all executions of works related to PHE Department by the third party.
He emphasized upon all the officers and engineers of the PHE Department to work with added zeal and zest in order to ensure timely completion of all ongoing languishing projects and other works in a transparent manner.
Earlier, Farooq Shah inspected beautification work on Jhelum embankments at Zero Bridge. The embankments got damaged and deshaped in 2014 devastating floods, and in flood-like situation in March 2015 and June, 2018 with the accumulation of heavy debris and overburdens. He was informed that beautification of embankments by way of reshaping of slopes and top has been taken under identified 23 works.
He was informed that an amount of Rs 4.5 crore was earmarked for reshaping, correction of profile, upgradation of parks, construction of stone ditching, removal of blockades near LD and Gonikhan, construction of parapet walls, providing solar system illumination to bunds at leftover spots, plantation along embankments top, revival of Peerzo channel and other related works.
Chief Engineer, PHE, Abdul Wahid and other officers accompanied the Secretary during the visit.
Hajj pilgrims directed to deposit insurance premium, transport charges
Srinagar, June 18: The Executive Officer, State Hajj Committee (SHC) Tuesday informed that all the selected Hajj pilgrims shall deposit the State Hajj dues including mandatory insurance premium, transport charges from Hajj House to Airport and other handling charges to be incurred by SHC.
Giving break-up of the dues to be paid, the official handout issued from the office of SHC read that pilgrims who do not want to avail the boarding facility at Hajj House Srinagar shall pay Rs 750 per pilgrim, while as the pilgrims who want to avail the boarding facility at Hajj House, Srinagar shall pay Rs 1000 per pilgrim which include Rs 250 as boarding charges for one night. Besides, pilgrims travelling from Delhi Embarkation Point shall have to pay Rs 150 per pilgrim as insurance premium. It is further informed that those Hajj pilgrims who have opted Delhi Embarkation Point for their departure shall have to deposit only Rs 150 per pilgrim.
The Hajj pilgrims of Jammu division who have opted Srinagar Embarkation point and Hajj pilgrims of Ladakh division shall have to deposit additional charges on account of boarding for their stay at Hajj House, Srinagar.
The concerned pilgrims are required to deposit the receipt of the amount at the office of respective deputy commissioners at the time of collection of passports and other travel documents.
I&B Ministry cautions channels over portrayal of children in dance reality shows
New Delhi, June 18: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has asked all private satellite TV channels to avoid showing children in an indecent, suggestive and inappropriate manner in dance reality shows or other such programmes.
The I&B Ministry has noticed that several dance-based reality TV shows portray young children performing dance moves originally done by adults in movies and other popular modes of entertainment.
“These moves are often suggestive and age-inappropriate. Such acts may also have distressing impact on children, impacting them at a young and impressionable age,” an official statement said.
All private satellite TV channels are expected to abide by the provisions contained in Programme and Advertising Codes prescribed under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and rules framed, the I&B Ministry advisory to the channels read.
According to the rules, no programme should be carried on TV which denigrates children, and programmes meant for children should not contain any bad language or explicit scenes of violence, it said.
The ministry has accordingly issued an advisory to all private satellite TV channels to avoid showing children in an indecent, suggestive and inappropriate manner in dance reality shows or other such programmes. The channels have been further advised to exercise maximum restraint, sensitivity and caution while showing such reality shows and programmes, the statement said.
About 150 landline phones, broadband connections disrupted in Srinagar
Srinagar, June 18: About 150 landline telephone and broadband connections of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) are down since June 16 evening in the uptown Srinagar badly affecting professionals, including doctors, media persons and students.
Responding to the question, BSNL official said that some miscreants have damaged the main cable between Sanant Nagar telephone exchange to different parts of the uptown, particularly Natipora, Budshah Nagar and Azad Basti.
‘We are looking to locate the area where the damage has been caused,’ they said, adding that it may take some time to restore the telephone and broadband lines.
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