Jammu, Jan 8: Advisor to Governor Kewal Kumar Sharma Tuesday directed for ensuring early completion of the sewerage network projects in the twin capital cities of the State so that proper waste disposal is ensured and ecological concerns are also addressed.
The Advisor was speaking at a meeting convened to discuss the status of implementation of the sewerage treatment projects being executed by NBCC and other executing agencies under erstwhile JNNURM.
Financial Commissioner Housing &Urban Development, KB Agarwal, Secretary in Housing and Urban Development Department, Anil Kumar Gupta, General Manager NBCC, Chief Engineers and other senior officers attended the meeting.
While directing for the early completion of the sewerage network, the Advisor said that the executing agencies should work in tandem to ensure the bottlenecks if any are removed and the remaining works are completed at the earliest. He said the completion of these projects would go a long way in channeling the sewerage and related things in the capital cities and provide the much-neededrelief to the people.
The Advisor was informed by the General Manager NBCC that the work has got stalled due to non-release of funds and if the funds are released both the schemes for Jammu and Srinagar will becompleted by September 2019.
The Advisor directed for immediate release of the pending funds if any so that the work is fast-paced on these prestigious projects and people get benefited from these. He also directed the executing agencies to strictly adhere to the timelines fixed for completion of these projects and ensure that there is no further delay on their part so that these are commissioned within the stipulated time set.
It was informed that the Sewerage Projects for Srinagar and Jammu were sanctioned by the Centre at the cost of Rs 132.92 crore and Rs 129.23 crore respectively for integrated development of infrastructure in the cities. Besides, Rs 108.85 crore have been released for Srinagar, out of these Rs 96.70 crore have been utilized whereas for Jammu, Rs 66.06 crore have been utilized against the release of Rs 70.21 crore by ending March 2018.
The meeting was informed that Comprehensive Sewerage Plan for Greater Srinagar including 60 MLD Capacity STP, trunk sewer lines, lateral sewer lines and house connections have been completed to a large extent while as the comprehensive Sewerage Scheme for Greater Jammu including 27 MLD capacity STP and trunk sewer lines have been completed while as the work on lateral sewer lines would be completed soon and house connections would be installed soon.
The Advisor asked the concerned Chief Engineer, UEED, Municipal Commissioners to constitute a team of officers to monitor the progress of work on the sewerage schemes in Srinagar and Jammu on weekly basis and address bottlenecks, if any and complete the project on fast track basis. He directed the executing agency to mobilize resources to ensure completion of both the projects at the earliest.
Vote me to represent ‘suppressed’ Kashmiris in Parliament: Er Rasheed
Kupwara, Mar 24: Awami Itihaad Party (AIP) president on Sunday asked the people of Kupwara to vote for AIP in the upcoming parliamentary election for the restoration of dignity, honour and rights of people of J&K.
The spokesman said that Rasheed lashed out at NC, PDP and PC and asked people to rise to the occasion and discharge their duties by taking a decision of their conscience and reject all those who are equal stakeholders in destroying Kashmir.
Er Rashed addressing a gathering at Chinar Park in Handwara tehsil of Kupwara district on March 24, 2019
Quoting Rasheed, the spokesman said; “my ten years in the state assembly are like an open book and masses must make a difference between friends and the foes. While NC is trying to create a fearpsychosis among Kashmiris by discussing BJP’s hyper-nationalism, PC is dividing Kashmiris into ethnic and sectarian lines to gain votes. Both PDP and PC need not forget that they are partners in crime and have been coalition partners of BJP.”
Rasheed added it looks strange that all the three parties are now trying to show sympathy with the Kashmiris and are leaving no chance to abuse Delhi, whom they have been encouraging and facilitating behind the curtains to destroy self-respect of Kashmiris.
He said “Whether it is banning of Jamat-I-Islami or JKLF, or harassing Mirwaiz and others, NC and PDP are the real architects of all these conspiracies. People need not to forget that at the time of much talked grand alliance to form government NC and PDP were never sincere as they had an understanding with New Delhi to continue with the Governor’s rule so that the special status of state is eroded and pro-resistance voices are suppressed without involving NC, PDP or PC in the entire dirty show.”
Rashed further said that this parliamentary election will be a cross check to the sincerity, commitment, conviction and political will of Kashmiris who have been crying in every nook and corner and blaming NC, PDP and PC as the mother of all evils and are holding them responsible for the sufferings of Kashmiris. Let people decide whether they want to support proxies of New Delhi and agents of extremist forces or want Er Rasheed to represent them in the parliament without getting succumbed to the compulsions and self-interests.
Rasheed accused successive governments of ignoring Kupwara district and using people of Kupwara as just a vote bank. He said “Those claiming to be savers of Kupwara should answer if BJP could create a separate division for Ladakh region why couldn’t Handwara get a district. While Late Mufti’s regime ignored Kupwara on every front, Omer Abdullah’s six years were no way different. The promises of getting a medical college, university campus, four-lane road, railway link, a tunnel for Karnah and maternity hospital proved nothing except false promises and a tool of exploiting sentiments of people of Kupwara.”
Strategic NC-Congress tie-up confined to LS polls only: Rana
Jammu, Mar 24: National Conference Provincial President Devender Singh Rana on Sunday described arrangement with the Congress for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections as a well thought out strategy to unitedly fight the divisive forces in the larger national interest.
“This arrangement is confined to Lok Sabha elections only as the nation is confronted with a huge challenge posed by those believing in divisive and hate politics”, Rana said while welcoming youth into the party fold here this morning.
The youth joined in the National Conference in presence of the party District President Jammu-Urban Dharamveer Singh Jamwal, Women Wing Provincial President Satwant Kour Dogra, Ex Corporator Subash Bhgat and Corporators S Such Singh and Ashok Singh were present.
He said the country is passing through a difficult phase and it is incumbent upon the compatriots to save it from the elements inimical to its secular fabric and hell bent upon dividing the society on the basis of religion, race and caste. This is an unprecedented scenario, totally against the very idea of India, which assimilates diverse religions, castes, languages and races, he said, hoping that the people will see through the game-plan of polarizing the society for garnering votes.
“For defeating the dangerous narrative of hate and intolerance, all those believing in India’s diversity will have to come together and save democratic spirit of the country”, Rana said adding that youth have to play a definite and decisive role in this regard. He urged the youth to become the catalyst of change by actively associating themselves in the process of isolating reactionary forces. He said the exploitative politics has impeded development and throttled the openings in jobs for the youth. The BJP’s promise of two crore jobs annually has not only emerged as a big hoax but also an insult to the youth who have been taken for a ride. The countrywide growing unemployment is reflective of the level of governance the nation has witnessed during the past five years, he said and sought a change in the scenario to have a responsive, accountable and effective government, which believes in deliverance rather than false slogans.
He exuded confidence that the people of Jammu, especially the youth will ensure the victory of the Congress candidates Raman Bhalla and Vikramaditya Singh respectively from Jammu-Poonch and Udhampur-Kathua parliamentary constituencies with huge margin.
The Provincial President lauded the yearning among youth for changing the political discourse from negativity to positivity, saying their choice for National Conference is a development in right direction. He said National Conference is the only and natural choice for public spirited youth who want to serve the society and steering it out of the environment of mistrust and fear.
“National Conference has all along provided a robust platform to youth to become the instrument of socio-political change”, Rana said and hoped that the joining of devoted young people will take this public movement to its designated destination. He said the National Conference has a proven record of public service with emphasis on opportunities of progress to all, irrespective of caste, creed, colour or religion. He said the party has tirelessly worked for equitable development of all the three regions and their sub-regions during its different spells of governance.
Farooq with his national standing will ensure voice of Kashmir is heard in Parliament: Sagar
Srinagar, Mar 24: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar on Sunday asserted that the people of Kashmir need a louder, credible voice to represent them in Parliament saying that Dr. Farooq Abdullah with his national standing will ensure that the voice of the state is heard in Lok Sabha.
Sagar while addressing party functionaries, workers at Koolipura locality of Khanyar constituency said that Dr Farooq Abdullah is not novice to the politics of Kashmir and that there is no one else who can reprent the aspirations of Jammu & Kashmir more effectively than him. “People of the state want a credible voice to represent their aspirations in the top most house of the country. Our party is the only credible voice of all the regions of J&K. It is the National Conference that is credited with establishing a welfare state in the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” adding, “The people of Kashmir remember PDP for unleashing countless miseries on the state. People still recount the numerous blunders PDP and its leadership committed from time to time.”
While exuding confidence into the party functionaries and workers, Sagar said, “Forces as inimical to the special constitutional status of our state will try their level best to go to any extent to weaken the voice of Kashmiri. The forthcoming election is of great importance to us, it provides us with an opportunity to show how passionately we care for our identity and unique status.”
Addressing the workers, YNC provincial president Kashmir Salman Ali Sagar said, “The ensuing elections provide us with an opportunity to show our resolve for the protection of Art 35A and Art 370. This time elections are for protection of our identity, special status. We have to utilize this opportunity and give befitting reply to those forces as are contriving to destroy our identity. We should also remain vigilant of the cronies of RSS-BJP and show them their right place in the forthcoming LS elections,” adding, “Every vote matters and every vote should be polled in favor of NC, for ours is the only party that has never compromised on the special constitutional position of our state.”
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