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Div Com reviews status of major road, bridge projects in Srinagar

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JAMMU, APRIL 19: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan today visited Rajbagh and Mahjoor Nagar localities here to review the status of mega road and bridge projects under construction in these areas.
The Div Com directed the officials of various departments to work in tandem so that the pace of development projects is expedited. District Development Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Syed Abid Rashid Shah and other concerned officers from line departments accompanied the Div Com.
The Div Com directed the SMC officials to undertake massive demolition drive starting from old Zero Bridge against the illegal encroachments that are hampering the progress of the work. He said that the road will go a long way in decongesting the intra-city and inter-district traffic. He said that the 10.5 km road widening project will start from Zero Bridge and reach IG road via Bund and government is keen to complete it within shortest possible time.
He directed the police to provide the required support to make the demolition drive successful and complete it in three days. He asked the DDC Srinagar to monitor the demolition drive on daily basis.
Later, the Div Com also visited the under construction Mahjoor Nagar bridge where he was informed that majority of works on the bridge has been completed. The Div Com said that the bridge is slated to be thrown open to traffic by May 05 and directed the constructing agency to finish the final works on time.


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Sajad questions Omar’s silence over meeting with BJP leadership in 2014

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Srinagar, April 17: Peoples Conference (PC) chairman and former minister, Sajad Gani Lone on Wednesday questioned the silence maintained by former chief minister and National Conference (NC) vice president Omar Abdullah over his meeting with the BJP leadership in New Delhi following 2014 elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

Lone had recently claimed that Omar had met BJP leadership in 2014 to work out power sharing arrangement in the State.

Earlier in the day, Omar when asked about the claims made by Lone told the reporters that they should ask this question to Ram Madhav.

 

Talking to media Lone said he did not name Ram Madhav.

“I know Ram Madhav denied the story in 2014. A rumour is not to be believed unless it is officially denied. And why isn’t Omar replying. Why is he saying, ask Ram Madhav? Does that mean Ram Madhav was there? When did I name Ram Madhav? I said BJP top brass. That Omar is saying ask Ram Madhav means that at least one participant in the meeting has been identified,” he said.

Sajad said that Omar should answer the question in a simple yes or no.

“This is a simple question which can be answered with a yes or no. With every passing day it is clear that our assertions about the meeting are unambiguously true. He is himself substantiating our claims and creating evidence.”

He added that one non-NC, non -BJP politician was also present in the meeting.

“I repeat, he (Omar) met them. He discussed modalities of government formation and agreed on rotational chief minister. Omar had tea. I think ‘Pakoras’ were also served,” Lone said.

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LS Polls: 1716 polling parties inducted across Srinagar PC for polls today

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Srinagar, April 17: As many as 1716 polling parties were dispatched Wednesday for various polling stations across the Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency that is spread over three central Kashmir districts of Ganderbal, Srinagar and Budgam going to polls tomorrow.

The polling parties along with the polling material including EVMs/VVPATs were inducted into their respective polling stations including 235 in Ganderbal, 857 in Srinagar and 624 in Budgam segments of the Srinagar PC.

Concerned District Election Officers oversaw the dispatch of polling parties and material from respective distribution centres.

 

Returning Officer for Srinagar PC said the polling parties along with designated police parties and other team-members reached respective polling stations where polling will be held tomorrow from 7 am to 6 pm.

Earlier in the morning, the polling parties reported at their respective distribution centres where EVMs along with VVPATs and other election material were made available to them.

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Ring Road, 440 KV transmission line: Shah Faesal demands fair compensation, rehabilitation of affected farmers

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Srinagar, April 17 : Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) Wednesday demanded that people affected by Semi Ring Road and 440 KV DC Samba-Amargrah transmission line should be rehabilitated, resettled and compensated adequately without any delay as a large number of affected people in many districts are crying for justice from last more than two years.

In a statement issued to media, JKPM president Shah Faesal said that agriculture and horticulture land in the State is under tremendous pressure as state is losing its fertile land on daily basis for developmental projects like highways and transmission lines.

“In return, due to obsolete land acquisition laws, the affected farmers are not given fair compensation like in other parts of India under Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act (RTFCLARR Act ) and Right to Fair Compensation,” he said.

 

Faesal said that State Govt has no clear policy for rehabilitation and resettlement in J&K. “A huge chunk of land comprising about 8000 kanals is being acquired for Ring Road projects in Srinagar and Jammu.

“In return farmers get stamp duty rate of their land which is even 4 to 5 times less than the market value,” Faesal said, adding that Agriculture and Horticulture departments prepare estimates as per 1993 rates which is sheer injustice with them.

With the result, he said affected orchardists and farmers get 5 to 10 times less compensation than market value. He said affected farmers have alleged that the concerned departments are resorting to favouritism and corruption and prepare vague estimates for compensation.

He said more than 5000 hectares of agriculture and forest land has been affected by 440 KV DC Samba Amargrah transmission line from Samba to Amargrah Sopore, adding that in many Budgam villages, the transmission line passes through fully grown apple and pear orchards.

“Even some residential houses have been affected as they come within the electrical magnetic field especially in Batwodder , Branwar , Kachwari , Watrad villages of Chararisharief and Khansahib areas in Budgam district. 

The touts and some employees of Transmission Company are fleecing the common people on the promise of land compensation. The affected farmers have alleged that instead of processing compensation cases of genuine people, money is fraudulently given to people whose land has not come under the said projects,” he said. 

Faesal said that Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) demanded a high-level investigation into the matter so that allegations of fraud in the distribution of compensation are looked into adequately.

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