Banihal, APRIL 03: Chief Secretary B B Vyas today called for expediting work on new Qazigund-Banihal tunnel so that it is commissioned by this year end.
The Chief Secretary travelled from Srinagar to Jammu by road this afternoon to personally take stock of the road condition and progress of upgradation works on the highway.He was accompanied by Home Secretary, R K Goyal, District Development Commissioner, Ramban, Tariq Hussain Ganai and other officers of the civil administration and the executing agencies.
While taking stock of the progress of work on new Qazigund-Banihal tunnel, the Chief Secretary was informed that 80% work was complete on the 8.50 KM tunnel and it would be open for traffic by this year end, reducing the road distance between Banihal and Qazigund by almost 16 KMs.
Construction of the tunnel was started in 2011 as part of upgradation of National Highway-44 to four lanes. The new tunnel is located 400 Mtrslower than the existing Jawahar tunnel, which would make it less prone to avalanches and other weather vagaries.
He was informed that it is a double tube tunnel consisting of two parallel tunnels – one for each direction of travel. Each tunnel is 23 ft wide and has two lanes of road. The two tunnels are interconnected by a passage every 500 mtrs for maintenance and emergency evacuation. The tunnel will have forced ventilation for extracting smoke and stale air and infusing fresh air. It will have state of the art monitoring and control systems for security.
The Chief Secretary also reviewed the progress of work on upgradation of Ramban-Nashri and Chenani-Udhampur stretches of the highway, Katra-Banihal rail link and other related connectivity projects including the by-pass bridge coming up in Ramban area.
The Chief Secretary was informed that the entire designated length of 326 km of the Srinagar-Jammu highway has been awarded and 4-lanning work has been completed in 177 km length, while the project in 149 km length is under implementation.
KCSDS alleges delimitation Sangh Parivar’s agenda
Srinagar, June 14: Prominent civil society group, Kashmir Center for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) on Thursday alleged that “delimitation of assembly constituencies was the new agenda floated by Sangh Parivar and its drooling blind followers.”
In a statement issued here, KCSDS spokesperson warned government against any such misadventure as it is goaded on to act by them against all principles of justice in a democracy.
“Aggressive TV debates, columns, opinions and views have started appearing in print and social media providing the new government in effect to turn the numerical majority into a political minority in Jammu and Kashmir,” a statement issue here said.
“Imaginary grounds, bizarre justifications, outlandish claims are peddled to transplant brute majoritarianism in Kashmir to further politically disempower the Muslim majority.” “And yet the government intriguingly comes up with the allegation that it is Kashmiri political parties who are raking up the issue to deceive people.”
The KCSDS spokesperson said that the “delimitation of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly seats will end the partisanship that favors Kashmir. “We want to tell this Government that every day new narratives are manufactured in New Delhi through TV debates and social and print media to dislodge, disempower and denigrate Kashmiris to obfuscate their struggle for their rights,” KCSDS spokesperson said, adding “We are not fond of manufacturing false narratives. We have truth on our side for which we are struggling. We are compelled to respond to the falsehoods being perpetrated every day. We want to live in just peace which could dawn only by restoring people’s rights and not by snatching then under one pretext or the other.”
World Blood Donor Day: Dulloo inaugurates mega blood donation camp at Srinagar
Srinagar, June 14: To commemorate the ‘World Blood Donor Day’, Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education Department Atal Dulloo inaugurated a mega blood donation camp here F riday.
The camp was organized by Jammu and Kashmir State AIDS Control Society at Government Medical College, Srinagar in collaboration with the Department of Transfusion Medicine, GMC, Srinagar.
The event was aimed to raise awareness of safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.
While appreciating the organizers of the camp, Dulloo said that such initiatives help in saving thousands of lives when several people suffer due to lack of availability of blood.
He also appealed the youth to generously donate blood for saving the precious lives.
During the camp, students from Medical College, Islamia College and Amar Singh College Srinagar also donated the blood.
Pertinently, Jammu and Kashmir State AIDS Control Society is celebrating the Day as a month-long activity during which seminars, symposiums, poster competitions will be held across all the educational institutions to create awareness among the masses regarding voluntary blood donation.
PGRP program concludes
Srinagar, June 14:- 23rd Postgraduate Research Presentation (PGRP) programme, which was inaugurated by the Governor Satya Pal Malik on 12th June, concluded on Friday at SKIMS auditorium.
During the event outgoing, Post-doctoral, Doctoral and Postgraduate students of SKIMS Soura, SKIMS Medical College Bemina, GMC Srinagar presented research papers on varied topics. 114 research papers were presented this year and the best research papers from Medicine and allied, Surgery and allied were awarded.
On the occasion Ex-Medical Superintended SKIMS & Dean Dr. G J Qadri was present as Chief Guest.
Director SKIMS, Dr. Omar Javed Shah appreciated presence of G J Qadri and recalled his contributions to SKIMS. Dr. O.J Shah urged young doctors to strive for honesty and be dedicated to profession.
Dr. G J Qadri in his address said that PGRPP is a platform for young doctors to present their research work, which is essential to find better ways of treatment. Every medical institute should have three focus areas which include patient care, teaching and research, he added.
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