Srinagar, Mar 2:
Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu Monday held an interaction session
with the Councillors of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) at SKICC.
Along with the
Councillors, SMC Mayor, Junaid Azim Mattu; Divisional Commissioner Kashmir,
Baseer Ahmed Khan; IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar; Deputy Mayor Srinagar, Parvaiz
Ahmed Qadri; SMC Commissioner Gazanfar Ali; VC LAWDA, Tufail Matto and other
senior officers also attended the session.
the Councillors, the Lt Governor said that the government believes in
empowerment of elected representatives who work at the grassroots to provide
succour to the people. “After the abrogation of Article 370, we empowered
Panchayat representatives and now it is your turn to get empowered,” he said,
adding that a notification would be issued soon for defining the powers, status
and protocol of the Councillors.
On being apprised
about the issue of hike in Ward Development Fund, the Lt Governor assured that
positive steps would be taken in this regard soon and the Councillors would be
in a better position to take care of their areas after that.
The Lt Governor
further said that everyone has to play a constructive role whether he is a
Councillor or an official and it is imperative to maintain synergy between
officials and Councillors for enhancing the performance of the SMC.
the revamping of SMC, the Lt Governor said that there is a need to update
rules, functioning, jurisdiction and mandate of the corporation. He stressed on
the need to make roads, electricity, drinking water and drainage sector as the
domain of the concerned Councillors.
has to be developed in a planned manner. Master plan has to be implemented for
fulfilling futuristic needs of the city. The practice of doing works in bits
and pieces has to be done away with,” he said.
The Lt Governor
observed that the entire developmental activity has to be done in a planned
way. Spatial Planning has to take the centre stage and places need to be
identified where government departments, shopping malls, recreation facilities,
parking and other structures would come up and in every building aesthetics and
a touch of local architecture should be maintained, he added.
He also asked the
SMC officials to create capacity building for efficient administrative
structure, enforcement, sanitation with futuristic perspective planning,
besides ensuring compliance of building permissions strictly as per rules and
creation of assets for providing more facilities to the people of Srinagar.
Mayor, Junaid Azim Mattu and Commissioner SMC, Gazanfar Ali, in a power point
presentation gave an overall view of the functioning of the corporation and
challenges faced by it.
A brief account
of implementation of centrally sponsored schemes, works under AMRUT, SBM, JTFRP
and 14th Finance Commission were given out, besides information was also given
on the various developmental works undertaken in the Srinagar city.
also raised several issues pertaining to their wards and sought intervention of
Lt Governor in speeding up the development in their respective wards, on which,
the Lt Governor assured them to address the same for their early redressal.