Srinagar, Oct 24: Commissioner Secretary Public Works Department, Khursheed Ahmad Shah and Chief Executive Officer J&K Economic Reconstruction Agency, Dr Raghav Langer, Wednesday reviewed the progress of Rs 1500-crore World Bank-funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery (JTFR) Project.
During the meeting, it was informed that under the health sub-component Rs 89 crore has been earmarked for the construction of the state-of-art 120-bedded additional block at Bones & Joints Hospital Barzulla in Srinagar, adding that the block will be equipped with latest medical equipments, operation theatres, HVAC system, fire and maintenance among other facilities.
Chief Engineer R&B Kashmir, Sami Arif, while giving details of the project in Kashmir, informed that under the higher education sub-component Rs 34 crore has been allocated for the construction of additional blocks at Government Degree Colleges Bemina, Anantnag and Bijbehara and Amar Singh College Srinagar, adding that works worth Rs 23 crore have already been tendered.
It was also informed that under higher education, 53 schools are proposed to be constructed across the Kashmir valley, for which an allocation of Rs 35 crore has been kept. Tenders for construction of 7 schools have already been issued and tendering for the remaining schools will be issued by the end of November this year.
It was given out that 8 bridges are to be constructed in Kashmir for which an allocation of Rs 70 crore has been kept, adding that tenders for two bridges have already been floated. Similarly, 12 road projects having an approximate aggregate length of 117 km are proposed to be constructed in the Kashmir division.
Chief Engineer R&B Jammu, Sudhir Shah, while giving out details about the project in Jammu division, said that 24 school buildings are proposed to be constructed in the division for which an allocation of Rs 15 crore has been kept and that the tendering process for these will be completed by mid-November this year. He also informed that 17 road projects having a cumulative length of 176 km are also proposed to be taken up.
The CEO directed for expediting the process of documentation in order that works are tendered out and executed on ground at the earliest. He also directed for earliest preparation and issuance of the Expression of Interest for assessment of structural stability and detailed design for retrofitting of fire stations in Kashmir.
Visiting team of the World Bank was also present in the meeting.
People of Anantnag will defeat deceptive policies of BJP, PDP, others: Congress
Srinagar, April 22: Asserting that people of Anantnag will defeat the divisive and wrong policies of Modi and Muftis in present elections, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) has reiterated its appeal to people to ensure the defeat of deceptive policies on the part of PDP-BJP.
In a statement the Party spokesperson has expressed confidence that people of Anantnag will vote in large numbers against “divisive and wrong policies” adopted by PM Narinder Modi, Muftis and others, who were hell bent upon to divide people for electoral gains, but, at some time, he felt confident that they (people) have realized how much damage has been caused to Jammu and Kashmir state in every respect by PDP-BJP unholy alliance to serve their vested interests.
Time has come to respond to their opportunist and divisive policies by ensuring their defeat in the elections, as that, will ensure peace and development in the State, Spokesperson said.
I would appeal the people of entire Anantnag to cast their vote in favour of Congress Party in large numbers to ensure that Communal, divisive and opportunist forces were defeated miserably.
Both PDP and BJP owe an explanation to people for betraying them and playing with their emotions for the sake of coming into the power, the spokesperson added and said the defeat of PDP-BJP in the present elections will be an appropriate response to their opportunism, exploitation and betrayal, Spokesperson said.
He said Congress Party will not allow PDP, BJP or any other political force to play with the sentiments of people for political mileage and is fully capable to defeat their designs. Congress Party has always taken care of urges and aspirations of the people in all the three regions and is fully committed to ensuring equitable development of J&K.
Mehbooba hits out at PM over nuclear bombs remark
‘Pakistan has not kept their for Eid either’
Srinagar, April 22: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing nuclear bombs in the political discourse, saying if India has not kept the nuclear bomb for Diwali, Pakistan has not kept its for Eid.
During a rally in Rajasthan’s Barmer Sunday, Modi had said India is no more afraid of nuclear threats of Pakistan.
“Otherwise every other day Pakistan used to give nuclear threats. What do we have? Have we kept it for ‘Diwali’? (Warna aay din nuclear button hai, ye kehte the. Hamare paas kya hai? Ye diwali ke liye rakha hai kya),” he asserted.
Mufti tweeted, “If India hasn’t kept nuclear bomb for Diwali, it’s obvious Pakistan’s not kept theirs for Eid either. Don’t know why PM Modi must stoop so low & reduce political discourse to this.”
PDP demands more NEET centres in Kashmir
Srinagar, April 22: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Monday demanded adequate number of exam centres for NEET aspirants in Kashmir so that the hardships they face by traveling outside Valley are avoided.
In a statement issued to media, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said that in view of the highway ban, inclement weather, dilapidated condition of national highway and sky rocketing airfares, the NEET aspirants are made to face immense hardships for appearing in the exams.
Hanjura said that keeping in view the predicament being witnessed by the student community at large in Kashmir Valley; it is high time for the Ministry of Human Resource Development to allot more number of NEET exam centres in Kashmir Valley so that without any hindrance Kashmiri students could appear in the exams.