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Ensure access to safe drinking water to every household: Adv Ganai to PHE deptt

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Srinagar, Oct 07: Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai Sunday reviewed the water supply position during a meeting with senior officers of the Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department of Kashmir Division.

Chief Engineer, PHE, Kashmir, Mr. Abdul Wahid, Special Secretary, PHE/ I&FC, Mr. Majid Drabu, Director Planning, PHE/ I&FC, Mr. Mohammad Yousuf, Superintending Engineers of all Ranges and Executive Engineers of all Divisions of Kashmir Zone attended the meeting.

In his opening remarks, the Advisor emphasized upon sustained efforts to harness the State’s abundant water resources in order to provide safe drinking water to every household. He said the performance of the engineers will be linked to the success of the schemes they execute on ground so that accountability is restored in the system.

 

While taking detailed range-wise appraisal of the water supply position, Ganai 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.

The Advisor passed on-spot instructions to draw ‘Quick Action Plans’ and ‘Response Teams’ to meet any eventuality on account of water shortage, especially in rural areas where the people usually face the brunt. “We receive a lot of complaints (of water shortage) during public hearing from rural pockets. These complaints must be redressed on priority,” he stated.

Ganai asked Chief Engineer PHE to ensure that all technical processes are completed before water is supplied to the habitations. “Random checking of various schemes can be introduced to check quality of water and plug holes,” he added.

Asking SEs to undertake extensive tours of their respective ranges, the Advisor noted with concern some complaints received about contamination of drinking water, especially in North Kashmir districts. He asked the Chief Engineer to remove all dry latrines from the river banks and seek facilitation of district administrations wherever required.

Ganai also passed directions to accelerate access to quality water supply in all schools, anganwadicentres and essential services like hospitals and hotels. He also indicated at introducing Rainwater harvesting across the state by replicating the model adopted by Rajasthan, which is a water-depleted state.

Later, the Chief Engineer briefed the Advisor about various ongoing works and apprised him about issues related to fund constraints which are hampering work on certain critical projects. He also briefed the Advisor about the mechanism devised to complete all languishing projects in the Kashmir Division.

The SEs and Executive Engineers also gave detailed presentations about ongoing schemes and developmental works in their respective. They informed the Advisor Ganai about water-deficient areas in their jurisdiction and steps taken to address the bottlenecks.

 


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PUF will never allow regional parties to ‘stab’ masses again: Rasheed

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Srinagar, June 19: Awami Itihaad Party president and former MLA of Langate constituency in north Kashmir, Er Rasheed on Wednesday said that Peoples United Front (PUF)- an alliance formed by Er Rasheed and JKPM chairman Shah Faesal, will never allow regional parties of J&K to stab the masses again.

Rasheed said that people have a lot of hope with the joint leadership and AIP will do everything required to strengthen the alliance as the lone objective of the alliance is to give people what they want.

Not only AIP but the entire leadership of People’s United Front (PUF) are aware of its duties and by no way will allow traditional parties to stab the masses yet again”.

 

Er. Rasheed appealed citizens all across the state to join AIP and said that party will always be open to healthy debates, positive criticism and fruitful suggestions”.

In his address at Handwara, Rasheed appealed local administration to not to forget its duties towards masses and assured people that AIP will not only continue to represent aspirations and sentiments of people of J&K but will also focus on providing masses a better Governance and will try to ensure time-bound redressal of their grievances.

Earlier, Javed Mustafa Mir, a four-time lawmaker from Chadoora, made the announcement that parties – AIP of Engineer Rasheed and JKPM of DR Shah Feasal, have decided to enter into a pre-poll alliance in the backdrop of the prevailing situation and political uncertainty in the state. He said there are assaults on the special position of the state and there is a lack of credible political alternative and there is no political force that can give good governance and fill the political vacuum.

Mir said the PUF will engage all sections of the people across the state and will work on the agreed agenda. Mir will head the alliance’s 3-member coordination committee.

Meanwhile, many prominent figures including Showkat Ahmad Zargar (KAS), Manzoor Ahmad Khan, Nazir Ahmad Wani and many others joined Er Rasheed led AIP party today.

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Enquiry ordered after picture of signboard with ‘don’t use mobile phone while drinking’ message went viral

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Srinagar, June 19: Traffic Police Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday ordered enquiry after pictures of a signboard with a message, “don’t use mobile phone while drinking”, installed at Peer Ki Gali on the historic Mughal Road went viral.

“Traffic Police Rural Jammu has installed a signboard at Peer Ki Gali on Mughal Road recently with the nomenclature that ‘Don’t use mobile phone while driving’ in order to ensure general awareness among the concerned drivers,” reads the order issued by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Traffic Rural Jammu, Mohan Lal Kaith.

“However, it has been brought into the notice of SSP Traffic Rural Jammu that some disgruntled elements have changed the aforesaid signboard with the nomenclature that “Don’t use a mobile phone while drinking”, which is a matter of serious concern and requires to be enquired thoroughly,” it reads.

 

“As such, in order to identify and fix the responsibility of defaulters, a preliminary enquiry is hereby ordered with immediate effect and entrusted to Mohd Rafiq DySP, Rajouri-Poonch. The enquiry officer shall enquire the matter into covert and overt and furnish his report/recommendations to the office of Traffic Police Rural Jammu immediately for further course of action,” reads the order issued by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Traffic Rural Jammu, Mohan Lal Kaith.

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Guv flags off new motorcycle squad of Traffic Police

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Srinagar, June 19:  Governor Satya Pal Malik flagged off a new motorcycle squad of the Traffic Police, launched in order to ensure better compliance of road safety measures by the commuters.

Advisors to Governor K Skandan and K K Sharma, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam, Financial Commissioner to Governor Umang Narula, Principal Secretary Transport  Department Asgar Hassan Samoon, Transport Commissioner Dr. S P Vaid were among the dignitaries present on the  occasion.

Pertinent to mention that during the financial year 2018-19, Rs 567.92 lakh from the Road Safety Fund was spent on procurement of Road Safety Equipment which inter-alia included Laser Speed Cameras with Automatic Number Plate Recognition, Combined Pollution under Control Equipments, Speed Radar Guns with Laser Camera, Hill Recovery Cranes, 110 Motor Cycles for Motor Vehicle and Traffic Departments for increasing mobility of enforcing agency and also to curb traffic violations and ensure road safety for all.

 

Appreciating the initiative of the Transport Department, Governor observed that the Departments associated with ensuring road safety should  formulate good practices for ensuring safety of people on the roads and extended full support of the administration in all their endeavours in this direction.

Governor emphasised the vital importance of following traffic rules and road safety measures for reducing the increasing incidents of road accidents. He observed that strict action should be taken against the violators of traffic rules and only trained persons should be allowed to ply vehicles on the roads. He noted that many accidents take place due to untrained drivers and because of their carelessness many innocent lives are lost.

Governor stressed that officials entrusted with the responsibility of controlling traffic should strictly monitor two wheeler drivers who drive dangerously without any regards for the traffic rules and asked to make good quality helmets mandatory for its drivers.

Governor stressed the importance of educating people particularly youth to generate awareness for following all road safety regulations.

Advisor Skandan lauded the initiative and stressed the need for bringing reforms in road safety management and informed that the government has devised an effective Action Plan for ensuring safety on roads and soon people will see the results of government’s efforts in this direction.

BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary highlighted various steps taken by the government in the domain of traffic management, like constitution of the Jammu and Kashmir Road Safety Fund, which is utilised for meeting expenditures on Road Safety. He advised setting up of sufficient signages along the highways and launching awareness campaigns for reducing the incidence of serious road accidents especially amongst school students.

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