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241 languishing, unfunded projects approved for funding

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Srinagar, Oct 03: The ‘High-Powered Committee’ (HPC) for unfunded/languishing projects Wednesday approved 241 projects across Jammu and Kashmir worth Rs 570 crore to be recommended for funding through newly constituted J&K Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (JKIDFC).

The projects were approved at the maiden meeting of HPC convened under the chairmanship of Principal Secretary, Finance, Navin K Choudhary.

Principal Secretary Planning, Development and Monitoring Department, RohitKansal and Commissioner Secretary, Public Works, Khursheed Ahmad, who are members of the HPC, and Secretary School Education, Ajeet Kumar Sahu along with other senior officers attended the meeting.

 

“Due to a host of reasons, these projects have been lingering for a long time. But now these have been approved for funding through JKIDFC, the officers of the concerned departments will have to ensure that these projects are completed by the next financial year,” Choudhary said.

During the meeting, the HPC approved recommending to JKIDFC the construction of 26 school buildings of J&K’s School Education Department and 151 projects including bridges, etc under Public Works Department, besides projects from other Departments.

The HPC also approved JKIDFC funding worth Rs 179 crore for projects in Kargil and Leh districts of the arid Ladakh region which includes roads, bridges, additional classrooms, playgrounds, sports complex, etc.

Choudhary directed the officers to prepare a comprehensive list of all the projects which are pending in different parts of state due to lack of adequate funding and cost overrun.  It was also observed that some of the projects were not taken up due to procedural delays.

The Principal Secretary Finance said that the process for approval of unfunded/languishing projects has formally begun with Wednesday’s meeting and such meetings would be held at regular intervals to ensure their assured funding and time-bound completion. He said next meeting of the HPC will be held on Monday in which the unfunded/languishing projects of other departments will be scrutinized and later recommended to the JKIDFC for funding.

 

 


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Upcoming snow spell: Avalanche warning issued for Kashmir, Ladakh districts

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Srinagar, Jan 19: Kashmir areas experienced fresh snowfall on Saturday, with the weather office forecasting more in store for the next three days.
“A western disturbance (WD) is presently active over the state under whose influence moderate to heavy snowfall is likely to occur in the valley till January 23 after which the intensity of the WD will start decreasing,” a Met Department official said here.
District administrations have set up helplines to help prevent any untoward incident due to the heavy snowfall.
Meanwhile Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan Saturday issued fresh avalanche warning for nine avalanche prone districts of Kashmir division.
The warning has been issued for the avalanche-prone areas of district Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh.
As per the hand out, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has directed the Deputy Commissioners of all these districts to advise the people living in avalanche prone areas not to venture out to avoid the loss of lives.
The Div Com also directed the concerned DC’s to take all the precautionary measures and to keep the SDRF, Police and Para-medical staff with ambulances in readiness to avert any untoward incident.
While the nightlong cloud cover increased minimum temperatures throughout the valley on Saturday, the maximum temperatures are expected to drop further, the weather official said.
Srinagar recorded minus 2.0 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam minus 4.4 and Gulmarg minus 7.0 as the minimum temperatures.
Leh town had minus 9.2 degrees Celsius and Kargil minus 18.9 as the night’s lowest temperature.
Jammu city recorded 8.3 degrees Celsius, Katra 9.1, Batote 3.9, Bannihal 2.3 and Bhaderwah 1.3 as the minimum temperatures.

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UN clearly did its job: Guterres on Kashmir human rights report

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United Nations: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday hoped that India and Pakistan will engage in a “meaningful dialogue” to resolve their issues.
The UN chief also said he has been offering his “good offices in relation to the dialogue between the two countries that, until now, had no conditions of success.”
Guterres was speaking to reporters at the UN headquarters in New York.
“I hope that the importance of both India and Pakistan is such in international affairs, I hope that the two countries will be able to engage in a meaningful dialogue,” he said.
The UN chief was responding to a question on his repeated urging of dialogue between the two South Asian neighbours.
In relation to the human rights situation, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has produced recently a very detailed report. So, the UN has clearly done its job in that regard, Guterres said to a question by a Pakistan journalist on the situation in Kashmir.

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Day after grenade attack, forces conduct search op in Lal Chowk

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Srinagar: A joint search operation was launched by the forces and police in the commercial Hub Lal Chowk area of Srinagar on Saturday.
The search came a day after the grenade attack took place in the locality, which left a vehicle and windowpanes of some shops damaged.
Witnesses said that a large contingent of police and paramilitary troopers were deployed near the Clock Tower here while the frisking was also intensified.
They said that drones too were used during the operation.
However, a top police official said that it was a routine exercise ahead of upcoming Republic Day.

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