SRINAGAR, JULY 12: Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar today reviewed the functioning of the Estates Department and the facilities being extended to the employees in the estates colonies in Jammu and Srinagar.
The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary Planning and Monitoring Department and Estates, Rohit Kansal, Director Estates, Tasaduq Jeelani and other senior officers of the Department.
The Advisor stressed on the department to come up with proposal to construct more accommodation for the employees besides providing better living facilities to them in the existing estates colonies and providing them recreational facilities.
The meeting was informed that the department owns 4522 dwelling units in the state which include 117 Ministerial Bungalows. It was informed that the department hired 42 JKTDC huts, 252 JKTDC rooms, 106 private hotels, 107 private houses and 2858 hotel rooms during May 2018 to October 2018 while in Jammu the department hired 132 JKTDC rooms, 1277 private hotels and 273 private houses.
While reviewing the ongoing projects, the advisor was informed that the department is constructing 400 flats at Pampore at an estimated cost of Rs 90.65 crore comprising of 192-1BHK, 128-2BHK and 80-3BHK.
It was given out in the meeting that the department has also completed construction of 32 residential flats at Sarwal Phase-I while construction of 28 flats in Phase-II is going on at an estimated cost of Rs 8.22 crore and is likely to be completed by April 2019. The construction of 28 flats at Ahata Amar Singh at the cost of Rs 8.42 crore is likely to be completed by May next year while the construction of 28 flats at Lower Muthi at the cost of Rs 3.33 crore is likely to be completed within 15 months.
Meeting was further informed that the department has also acquired 92 kanals of state land at Alochi Bagh for construction of residential accommodation and DPR for the same is under formulation while DPR for the construction of 1024 flats at an estimated cost of Rs 372.04 crore at Shivpora, Srinagar for Employees under PM’s Package is also being formulated.
The meeting was further informed that the department also plans to construct additional office accommodation at civil secretariat Srinagar and Jammu at an estimated cost of Rs 52.33 crore and Rs 58.43 crore respectively and the memorandum in this regard will be placed before the State Administrative Council very soon.
Akhtar expresses dismay over lack of dev in B’pora
Srinagar, Jun 17: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senior leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar toured various far-flung areas of north Kashmir’s Bandipora in order to get the first-hand appraisal of the grievances being faced by the people in these remote hamlets of the constituency.
Akhtar visited Chandaji area where recently two young were killed due to the windstorm. Expressing solidarity with the bereaved families, he questioned the delay being done by the government in disbursement of ex-gratia in favour of the next kin of the victims.
Also, while meeting several peoples’ delegations in the area,
Akhtar was appraised about the lack of proper road connectivity and how in spite of the approved scheme under PMGSY, no work on the project has been started yet.
Akhtar also spoke to the concerned Chief Engineer over the issue who assured him that the work on the road will begin soon.
The PDP leader, meanwhile, urged the government to ensure that present development season is not lost and take into consideration the hardships being faced by the inhabitants of the area as they have to walk through 7 km long tough terrains to reach the main road.
Akhtar also expressed concern over the non- implementation of the SAUBHAGYA scheme, stating that till date only half of the hamlet has been covered under the said scheme, thus contradicting claim of the Prime Minister that every single hamlet has been electrified. He urged the government to address the issue on priority so that people aren’t made to face further problems on this front.
Akhtar also highlighted the issue pertaining to the lack mobile telephony services in the area. He said that as Gurez and Bandipora are already connected, it is the only place where there is no mobile connectivity. The PDP leader said that it will need just one mobile tower to bring the area on the communication map.
Further, Akhtar also visited several other areas where the recent hailstorm had wrecked havoc. He has urged the government to compensate the victims on priority at an earliest.
The former minister also expressed dismay over the dismal pace of work on main Bandipora road from Ajas to Sonarwani being executed under CRF. He said that keeping in view the snail’s pace of work, it doesn’t look like that it will be completed in December this year which is the target completion date of the road project.
He also questioned government’s non- serious approach as the work on Athwadu Sonarwani road project is yet to begin, adding peoples woes to a large extent.
CB arrests man impersonating as official from CS’s office
Srinagar, June 17: The crime branch of Jammu on Monday arrested a man from Talab Tillo Jammu for impersonating as an official of Chief Secretary’s office. The fraudster according to the statement issued here, has duped several senior officers of various departments.
The person identified as Ashwani Bhardwaj, son of Shiv Kumar Bhardwaj, a resident of JMC 39, House No 223, Mohalla Jhullka, Darbar Garh Jammu, have ho duped and cheated numerous senior officers of various departments by fraudulent means.
The fraudulent activities of accused Ashwani Bhardwaj came to light after Director Tourism, Kashmir filed a complaint against a person who claimed to be an officer of a personal section of Chief Secretary’s office and asked him to direct the Assistant Director Tourism, Leh to contact on his mobile No 9797578686.
The fraudster was contacted by AAssistant Director Tourism Leh, and he asked Assistant Director Tourism, Leh to deposited Rs 10,000 in A/c No. 36341661376 of SBI on the plea that some of his relatives are presently stuck in Leh and are in severe need of money and have no source of means there.
Subsequently the Assistant Director of Tourism, Leh transferred an amount of Rs 10,000 in the given account. Later on, during the enquiry, it came to fore that there is no such official in the personal section of Chief Secretary etc.
On receipt of this complaint, Crime Branch begun an enquiry based on preliminary information and it was found that the said accused has duped several other senior officers of J&K by impersonation and fraudulent means and cheated them worth lakhs of rupees. Accordingly, a case FIR No 34/2019 U/s 170,420 RPC was registered in Crime Branch Jammu and the investigation was entrusted to SI Hilal Azhar of CBJ. The accused Ashwani Bhardwaj was arrested by a special team led by SI Hilal Azhar after hectic efforts under the supervision of SP Crime Mushtaq Choudhary. The accused is presently on police remand and involvement in other cases is being investigated.
Mir condemns killing of police officer
Srinagar, Jun 17: Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN) president and former minister Ghulam Hassan Mir on Monday condemned the killing of a police officer who was injured during a militant attack in Anantnag district and succumbed to his injuries on Sunday evening.
Station House officer (SHO) of Saddar Police Station Anantnag, Arshid Khan had sustained injuries in a militant attack on Wednesday evening and was rushed to SKIMS Soura for treatment. The injured police officer was taken to AIIMS New Delhi for specialized treatment but he succumbed to his injuries on Sunday evening.
Mir expressed solidarity with the bereaved and prayed for their courage to bear the loss.
He also termed his killing as unfortunate and said “such killings won’t serve anyone’s cause.” How long the blood of Kashmiris will continue to flow in the Valley, he asked