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Govt initiates process for setting up Metropolitan Development Authorities

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Jammu, Dec 19: The State Administrative Council (SAC) headed by Governor, Satya Pal Malik has approved the landmark Jammu and Kashmir Metropolitan Regional Development Authorities Bill-2018 to promote and regulate planned growth and development of New Srinagar and New Jammu cities.

SAC observed that the cities of Jammu and Srinagar have witnessed rapid expansion over the past few decades, thereby, posing huge challenges of urbanization, needing augmentation of resources relating to urban infrastructure. Need has been also felt for futuristic perspective planning with the possibility of developing new townships, metros, etc. Despite efforts, the infrastructure and the nature of urban development have not been able to keep pace with these rapid developments.

Many States in the country have relooked at their institutional frameworks to address such issues. Pune, Mumbai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad are such cities which have got Metropolitan Regional Authorities.

 

The Legislation approved by SAC aims to set up an integrative institutional framework in the form of a Metropolitan Regional Development Authorities (MRDAs) for the twin capital cities of the State. The proposed framework is based on the premise that ‘infrastructure planning’ cannot react to population growth but has to precede it.

The Bill provides for establishment of Metropolitan Regional Development Authorities (MRDAs) for Jammu and Srinagar which will coordinate and supervise the proper, orderly and rapid development of the areas in these regions and executing plans, projects and schemes for such development and enter into public-private partnerships.

MRDAs will have the power to develop new townships, set up Joint Ventures for infrastructure development and promote new metros and so on. The MRDAs will prepare (i) Infrastructure Development Plan based on the notified Master Plan and the defined parameters (ii) Comprehensive Mobility Management Plan for movement of traffic flow (a) Infrastructure Development (b) Public Transportation (c) Regulatory measures and (iii) Sustainable Management of Urban Environment of the respective Metropolitan Regions.

The MRDAs shall be a body corporate, having perpetual succession and a common seal, with power, to acquire, hold and dispose of property, both moveable and immoveable.

The functioning of the new Metropolitan Authorities will not in any manner overlap with the Municipal and local authorities, as both will operate in different functional domains in terms of scale. While the MRDA will create and supplement basic infrastructure and city level services, the user-end provision of water, sewerage, sanitation, street lighting etc shall continue to be performed by these local authorities as hitherto before.

The ultimate objective of these Authorities would be to ensure harmonious and futuristic development of Srinagar and Jammu cities in keeping with the requirements of modern urban living. The setting up of the MRDAs is the first step in making Srinagar and Jammu modern cities with futuristic amenities.

 


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Guv reassigns depts to Advisors

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Srinagar, Jul 17: Governor Satya Pal Malik Wednesday re-assigned the charge of departments to his Advisors.

As per the order issued by the General Administration Department (GAD), Advisor Vijay Kumar has been assigned charge of the departments of Home, Forest, Ecology & Environment, Health & Medical Education, Youth Services & Sports, Hospitality & Protocol, Civil Aviation, Estates and Information.

Advisor Khurshid A Ganai has been assigned the charge of the departments of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, ARI & Trainings, Cooperative, Floriculture, Tourism, Election, Planning, Development & Monitoring, Labour & Employment and Higher Education.

 

Advisor, K Skandan has been assigned the charge of the departments of Information Technology, Industries and Commerce, Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Ladakh Affairs, Revenue, Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction, Transport and Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs.

Advisor Kewal Kumar Sharma has been assigned the charge of the departments of Public Works (R&B), Public Health Engineering, Irrigation and Flood Control, Power, Finance, Housing & Urban Development and Science and Technology.

Advisor Farooq Ahmad Khan has been assigned the charge of the departments of School Education, Technical Education, Hajj and Auqaf, Social Welfare, Tribal Affairs, Culture, Agriculture/ Horticulture and Rural Development & Panchayati Raj.

Papers related to General Administration Department shall be submitted by the Chief Secretary directly to Governor.

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PDP still believes it will bounce back

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Srinagar, Jul 17: A high level meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) leadership from south Kashmir was held at the party head office here in which various crucial issues confronting the state at present were discussed in detail.

Chaired by Party Vice President Abdul Rahman Veeri, the meeting deliberated over various measures that the party has taken in the recent past to widen its reach and make masses aware about its agenda and mission.

Veeri in his address stressed upon the leadership to hold constant contact with the general public and highlight the issues they face on day to day basis and seek their resolution on priority from the concerned quarters.

 

“Veeri expressed full confidence that the PDP will bounce back in a revitalised form on the state’s political scene and that the party will continue to push for peace with dignity which is the focal point of its agenda,” the party statement read.

He, it added, said that the workers are committed to the agenda of the party and the vision provided by its founder Mufti Sayeed who founded the party in “trying circumstances”.

PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, while addressing the meeting, stated that the party “will continue to pursue it till durable peace is restored and that will never barter interests of the state against petty political gains.”

PDP leader, Sartaj Madni in his address stated that the need of the hour is that the party leadership, functionaries, activists and supporters must work in close coordination and make sustainable efforts in party’s overall growth and impressive performance in the coming time.

The participants of the meeting expressed full confidence in the leadership of the PDP President Mehbooba Mufti, resolving in unison to support her each and every endeavour aimed at getting the people out of the cycle of uncertainty and lead the state towards a prosperous future.

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Will find, deport all infiltrators in India: HM

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New Delhi, Jul 17:  The Centre will identify illegal immigrants staying in any part of the country and deport them as per international law, Home Minister Amit Shah said in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

The minister was replying to a supplementary query by Samajwadi Party member Javed Ali Khan on whether the National Register of Citizens will be implemented in other states as well.

Currently, the NRC is being updated under the strict monitoring of the Supreme Court in Assam and July 31 has been set as a deadline for final publication of the registered data.

 

“It is a very good question. The NRC is part of the Assam Accord and was also in (BJP’s) election manifesto based on which the government has come to power. The government will identify illegal immigrants living on every inch of the country’s soil and will deport them as per the international law,” Shah said in the Upper House.

Noting that the Centre has received many representations for extending the NRC deadline in Assam, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said a petition signed by about 25 lakh applicants submitted to the Centre and the President demanded extension to correct anomalies.

Since many genuine names have been left out and many bogus names are registered, the minister said, “So the government has requested the (Supreme) Court to extend the time for this purpose”.

“There will be some delay but the NRC will be implemented properly without any faults,” he said, asserting that the government’s intention is to ensure no genuine citizen is left out of the NRC.

To a query on number of Rohingya Muslims in India, Rai said, “We don’t have an accurate data. They are spread across the country. Some of them have gone back to Bangladesh. We will get the data soon.” The government’s intention is to ensure no illegal immigrant is registered under the NRC. Foreigner tribunals have also been set up to curb illegal stay of foreigners in India, he added.

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