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Augment WSSs, harness water resources to address water scarcity issue: Adv Ganai to officials






Srinagar, Oct 17: Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai Wednesday called for taking concrete measures to augment the existing water supply schemes (WSSs) to address water scarcity issues and making J&K zero-shortage drinking water state at earliest.

The Advisor stated this while reviewing the functioning of Public Health Engineering (PHE) and Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) departments. The meeting was attended by Secretary PHE, I&FC Farooq Ahmad Shah, Chief Engineer PHE, Jammu, Ashok Gandotra, Chief Engineer PHE Kashmir Abdul Wahid, Director Finance, Azad Ahmad Wani, Director Planning MY Bhat, Superintending Engineers and other concerned.

Ganai emphasized on sustained efforts to harness the State’s abundant water resources in order to provide safe drinking water to every household.


He asked the officials to complete all the incomplete schemes at earliest so that pure drinking water can be provided to the people in water scarce areas. He said the department can prioritize some languishing projects on merit under the new schemes so that funds can be provided for early completion of the projects.

Officials informed the Advisor that the department has forwarded 448 water supply projects with a balance cost of Rs 786.86 crore to the Finance Department against which 221 projects with a balance cost of Rs 458.49 crore have been recommended by the High-Power Committee.

The Advisor, however, stressed upon a well-thought-out strategy before framing modalities of new water supply schemes, in particular relating to source depletion and long-term viability. While reviewing the water supply scenario in major cities and towns of the state, he urged the officials to augment the existing water supply schemes so that the demand for drinking water supply is resolved.

It was given out that in order to meet the shortfall of water supply in Srinagar city, WSS Tangnar has been taken up under JNNURM for augmentation of drinking water supply costing Rs 148.37 crore while in Jammu city augmentation of water supply from River Chenab costing Rs 826 crore stands formulated for providing additional drinking water of 240MLD to Jammu city.

The Meeting also discussed the water supply scenario of other major towns including Sopore, Baramulla, Anantnag, Poonch, Rajouria, Samba and other towns.

A detailed discussion was held on the streamlining of collection of water tariff to overcome the losses. Advisor stressed on the need to streamline the collection system for the convenience of the people.

It was given out that there is an approved allocation of Rs 1939.29 crore under state sector under various components including PHE, Irrigation, Flood Control and PMDP and that 50 percent of the amount has been expended under various schemes.

The meeting was informed that at present the department is providing safe drinking water to 9292 rural habitations while 6666 habitations are partially covered with the varying service level.

The meeting also discussed the flood protection works being undertaken by the department. Officials said that all the flood protection related works shall be taken on priority and completed as early as possible.

It was said that de-silting and related flood protection works are being executed at multiple places simultaneously in phase-I including at Shariefabad, Naidkhai, Padshahi Bagh, Rambagh and Bemina.  Further re-sectioning of the flood spill channel from Bemina to Naidkhai is being carried out with an expenditure of Rs 82 crore.



Indo-Pak need to talk: NC




Srinagar, May 20: Jammu and Kashmir national conference on Monday said that India and Pakistan need to sit across the table and share each other perspectives notwithstanding the intricateness of the issue that has been plaguing the bilateral ties between the two neighboring countries.

A delegation of German diplomats on Monday called on political advisor to party vice president Tanvir Sadiq. Interacting with the delegation Tanvir necessitated for dialogue between India and Pakistan.

While speaking with diplomats Bastian Weber, Second Secretary Political Affairs and Protocol and Sakshi Aroro from the German Embassy, National conference leader and political advisor to Omar Abdullah, Tanvir Sadiq ?reflected on the wide range of issues of issues pertaining to the state and the region in general.


While calling for a Comprehensive Dialogue Process (CDP) and Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) between the two countries Tanvir said, “We are hopeful that the new government in the country starts a process of dialogue with Pakistan. Both India and Pakistan should initiate CBMs in order to remove the cobwebs of mistrust. Many lives have been lost to the frenzy of conflict, now it is high time that both the countries seriously engage with each for the greater cause of peace and tranquility in the region.”

Emphasizing on the need of initialization of a peace process by addressing political issues of the state politically Tanvir said that National Conference had always been a votary of cordial Indo Pak relations. “It is the people of J&K, who directly come in-between the line of fire between the two nations. If the relation between the two countries becomes cordial it will noticeably bring relief to the people of our state. The people of our state are the straight beneficiaries of the good neighborly relations between New Delhi and Islamabad.”

Taking about the solution to the protracted issue of Kashmir Tanvir said, “Restoration of Autonomy to the state of J&K has been the bed rock of policy of J&K National Conference; the party will continue to work for the restoration of the autonomy to the state. It is the only solution that satiates the political and development demands of all the region of the state. We aren’t seeking anything new, we are asking for what has been guaranteed to us Constitution of India.”

While recalling the role of National Conference in political empowerment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, Tanvir talked about the initiatives taken in strengthening democracy and forging the bonds of amity between various sections of the people right from 1953. He said our party envisioned a strong, prosperous and secular Jammu and Kashmir.

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Geelani pays tributes to May 21 martyrs




Srinagar, May 20: All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, Syed Ali Geelani on Monday paid the rich tributes to the Shaheed-e-Hurriyat Khawaja Abdul Gani Lone and Mirwaiz Moulana Mohammad Farooq on their respective anniversaries.

Geelani in a statement issued here said that both the leaders played a glaring role for the ongoing movement for the right to self-determination.

Recalling his personal relationship with both the leaders, Hurriyat chairman said that he always treated them as younger brothers. They had immense leadership qualities and had dedicated their lives for the sacred cause of movement.


While memorizing their valuable contributions for the ongoing movement, he expressed his hope that their followers and fans shall lead their mission with zeal and zest and stand as a mountain against those who are hell-bent to exploit their sacrifices for their petty interests.

Terming Moulana Farooq as an Islamic scholar and great orator and Abdul Gani Lone a seasoned politician and a statesman Hurriyat chairman urged the people to observe a complete shutdown on May 21, 2019, and make “Eidgah Chaloo” programme a grand success to commemorate their martyrdom.

Hurriyat leader paid his tributes and reverence to all those martyrs who have sacrificed their honour, wealth and precious lives since 1931.

He also expressed his hope that the people of Kashmir shall remain vigilant to safeguard their exemplary sacrifices and shall not allow anybody sellout for petty political gains and shall rise to the occasion against oppressive and suppressive methods.

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Two injured in Baramulla road accident




Srinagar, May 20: Two persons were injured on Monday after vehicle met with an accident on Uri Nambla road near Syedpora village of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Officials said that a chassis Eeco vehicle skidded off from the road and fell into a river near Syedpora village resulting injuries to two persons.

They identified the injured as Mansoor Ahmad a resident of Niloosa Bijhama and Mansoor Ahmad a resident of Balkote.


They said both the injured were shifted to SDH Uri for treatment.

Police have taken cognizance of the case, they added.

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