SRINAGAR, NOV 13: Advisor to the Governor, K Vijay Kumar, today chaired a high-level meeting at the office of the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to review the pace of developmental projects for restoring the glory of Old City (Shahr-e-Khaas) Srinagar.
The meeting was attended by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, IGP Kashmir, SP Pani, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Syed Abid Rasheed, Chief Engineer PDD, Hashmat Qazi, Commissioner SMC, Joint Director Information Kashmir, SSP Srinagar, Director Health Services Kashmir, Director IMD JK Sonam Lotus and other senior officers of the district administration.
This was the second meeting on the projects being taken up for the development of Old City Srinagar keeping in view the aesthetic, cultural and historical significance of the city. The first meeting was earlier held at civil secretariat in Srinagar where deadlines were fixed for completion of various developmental works.
The DC Srinagar briefed the Advisor about the ongoing works for development of sewerage network in downtown where only one third of the population is connected with such network. The DC also highlighted the peculiar issues faced by the district administration due to highly congested localities which lead to public mobility issues.
“The Governor’s administration is committed to improving the standard of roads and educational infrastructure, electricity and water distribution networks through specific interventions which will restore the glory of the old city. New places are being surveyed for improving the green cover of downtown while maintaining its ancient charm,” Kumar said.
The DC Srinagar said his administration had identified some thrust areas including building a reliable sewerage network, decongestion of localities, road widening projects, restoration of monuments including shrines and temples, and 12 community halls to improve the quality of life in downtown Srinagar.
The DC also briefed the meeting about the road developmental projects currently underway in downtown Srinagar including Syed Meerakh Shah road on which a CRPF bunker has been pushed back after twenty years to pave way for expansion of the road, Zadibal Road, Buchpora-Hazratbal road, etc.
On the issue of government-run schools, the Advisor directed the school education department to start work on building washroom facilities at all the schools in Srinagar city within seven days. Kumar said youth engagement is the focus of the government and the school education department has an important role to play in it.
“From the primary to higher secondary levels, the department must organize tournaments in cricket, football, volleyball and other sports, and involve local clubs as well as school students. J&K State Sports Council can organize tournaments as well which will engage the young generation in positive activities through which they can earn laurels for the state and the country,” he said.
The Advisor was informed that of nearly 36000 students enrolled in government run schools, around 19000 have been involved in various sports activities. The district administration sought financial assistance to fulfil the high demands of sports kits. The Divisional Commissioner asked the concerned to prepare a project and assured full funding.
On the issue of uninterrupted electricity supply, the Advisor said inclement weather throws up challenges for the administration and they must use this opportunity to serve the people in their dire times, “Faults would happen during inclement weather due to bare wire system. However, the PDD department must ensure that a proper schedule is formulated and electricity is supplied as per schedule so that people at large don’t face any inconvenience,” he said.
The Power Department sought the intervention of the Advisor in implementing the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme in Srinagar city, saying it will significantly help in curtailing nearly 60 percent T&D losses. The officials said the upcoming Khanyar grid will improve electricity dispensation in Srinagar and bring up the level of reliability. He was told that the Srinagar city will have a far better electricity distribution system in place in the next seven months.
Forge unity, not let regionalism, other prejudices divide us: Farooq
Srinagar, Mar 24: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah on Sunday urged the people across the state to forge unity for addressing common challenges that the state is facing saying that he desires a society free from communal strife, social injustice and inequality.
Addressing a gathering of people at Batwara, Sonwar Abdullah said that the whole cluster of human virtues like empathy, compassion, kindness, generosity, and forgiveness forms the core of Islam and that the need of the hour is to imbue our lives with these intrinsic qualities of Islam.
“We should repent and ask for forgiveness from Allah Almighty. My father Sher-e-Kashmir drew his energy from the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). He withstood political shenanigans, oppression and confinements for the protection of the state’s special character and integrity. Now it is for the youth to shoulder that legacy of his, however we cannot put up a strong front against those as are inimical to the special constitutional position of our state unless we forge unanimity and not let regionalism, communalism and other prejudices divide us,” Abdullah was quoted by the spokesman as saying.
“Our state is facing a grim situation, the communal forces and their cronies in the state are contriving to destroy our special character, however it is up to us now to make clear to them how passionate we are about our integrity and special status,” he said adding, “The forthcoming elections provide us with a vital opportunity to clean the country and the state of communal filth. I am sure that people have made it a point to give a befitting reply to such forces as are hell-bent to destroy the pluralistic visage of the country.”
Party president later participated in the Fateha Khwani of late Ghulam Nabi Wani at his residence at Batwara. Party president visited the grief-stricken family of late Wani and personally extended condolences to Ex MLC Sheikh Ghulam Qadir Pardesi and YNC provincial president Ahsan Pardesi. He prayed for peace to the departed soul and strength to the grief-stricken family.
Green Srinagar Initiative: Nearly 40 thousand tree saplings planted in first week since launch
Srinagar, Mar 24: Nearly 40 thousand tree saplings have so far been planted in institutions and individual households under the ambitious Green Srinagar Initiative which was launched on March 15 here.
Giving details the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, said of nearly 40 thousand tree saplings of different varieties over 20 thousand saplings have been planted in 100 schools, over 12 thousand in different departments, about 1500 in different police stations, over a 1000 provided to different NGOs and about 3500 planted in individual households across Srinagar.
Dr. Shahid who is also the CEO of the Srinagar Smart City Limited which runs this initiative and oversees its implementation said the full target of planting 50 thousand tree saplings during the first phase of the project is expected to be achieved by the targeted date of first week of April.
The Green Srinagar initiative aims to make Srinagar green in the truest sense involving meaningful and smart plantation while bringing all plantation activities in the district under a single organized platform directing and managing them.
It also aims to gather and keep track of data of saplings planted in the district in order to ensure their post-plantation maintenance to get the desired results.
The project undertakes to plant 50 thousand Chinar saplings in addition to some 1.50 lac other tree saplings in schools and institutional areas and along avenues across the district during the first year. Plants exposed to public or vehicular movements are also being tree-guarded under the project.
Saplings have been made available at seven distribution centres set up at different locations one each in all seven zones of the district. Each distribution centre has been equipped with six workers and a dedicated vehicle for processing orders for saplings and undertaking plantation activities in areas falling within their respective zones.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan had flagged off a fleet of 10 dedicated green vehicles as part of the project launch on March 15.
Dr Shahid said besides the Green Srinagar mobile application the general public can call at phone numbers 7780819894, 6005830787 and 7006166039 to place their requests for plantation adding that order requests can also be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NC, PDP workers from Sonwar join Peoples Conference
Srinagar, Mar 24: In a major boost to Peoples Conference in Srinagar, more than 100 prominent NC & PDP workers from Sonwar joined Peoples Conference (PC) in presence of party chairman Sajad Gani Lone at Srinagar today.
Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone while welcoming the new entrants into the caravan of change said that PC is emerging as a strong and valiant pro-Kashmir and pro-people political alternative to the traditional family parties asserting there is widespread realization that PC is the only party which can mitigate the problems of people and take the state on a path towards prosperity.
“The people of Srinagar have been pushed against the wall and are facing a reign of economic persecution. The governance deficit in the previous regimes is responsible for economic dissatisfaction and political alienation in Kashmir. There are growing rumblings of discontent with the two parties. Now people of the state are yearning for change, they want an alternative to NC & PDP to take the state towards peace & prosperity”, he added.
Those who joined the party include NC Vice Block President Basharat Nazir Bhat, PDP youth leader Umar Mushtaq Mir, Halqa President PDP Shalimar Gazanfer Husain, NC Halqa President Balham Yaqoob Abbas, PDP’s Mohd Sarwar among others.
Urging the workers to work with commitment & zeal, Sajad asked them to serve the people selflessly to usher in an era of prosperity.
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