GUREZ, OCT 6: Advisors to Governor, K.K Sharma and Farooq Khan today undertook an extensive tour of Gurez valley and took stock of the development scenario. They issued necessary instructions to the officers of various departments to speed up the pace of developmental activities across the region and providing quality services to the people.
The Advisors also convened a review meeting of the officers and took a firsthand account of the status of various developmental works being undertaken in various sectors. They directed the officers to ensure time bound completion of various on-going projects and maintained that the Governor’s Administration is keen to ensure holistic development of the rural and far flung areas, so that the people living there are provided with quality services.
Advisor Sharma directed the officers to work in close coordination to ensure quality services to the people of the region during harsh weather conditions. He emphasized the need for taking appropriate measures to ensure adequate supply of essentials like fuel, gas cylinders, ration during the winter months in this difficult region.
While responding to the demand of locals regarding increasing air accessibility—especially during winters, the Advisor directed the concerned to explore the possibility of fast pacing the work on the additional helipad, so that more sorties can be undertaken for increasing the mobility of the people coming in and out of the valley.
Advisor Sharma said that the long pending demand of people to have hassle-free electricity would be addressed soon. He directed the PDD officials to extend the electricity schedule to seven hours and also undertake comprehensive measures for augmentation of the power infra in the area and also stock the required amount of diesel and other related items as per the demand.
Several deputations from different areas of the valley also called on the Advisors and projected issues related to development needs of their areas and sought immediate redressal of the same.
While responding to the demands of people, the Advisors assured to establish new tribal hostel in the valley. They also reviewed the ration stock availability and directed the officers to make coordinated efforts for providing quality services to the people.
Advisor Farooq Khan, while listening to the grievances of the locals said that the Governor’s administration is committed to address all the pending issues of the area on priority basis. “We have come to you with the message that Government is committed to the holistic development of this area,” Khan told a gathering of locals.
The people accorded rousing welcome to the Advisors at Dawar and Tulail areas and expressed gratitude for addressing the issues of this far-flung areas.
The Advisors were accompanied by senior officers of various departments.
Pertinently the Governor led administration has been taking remarkable steps to reach out to the people across the State by augmenting several developmental projects.
Court directs registration of FIR against members of SIT that probed 2018 Kathua gangrape-murder case
Jammu, Oct 22: A court in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday directed the police to register an FIR against six members of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) that probed the 2018 rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in a Kathua village for allegedly torturing and coercing witnesses to give false statements.
Judicial Magistrate Prem Sagar gave the direction to senior superintendent of police (SSP) of Jammu on an application by Sachin Sharma, Neeraj Sharma and Sahil Sharma, who were witnesses in the case, saying cognizable offences are made out against the six.
The court directed registration of FIR against the then SSP R K Jalla (now retired), ASP Peerzada Naveed, Deputy Superintendents of Police Shetmbari Sharma and Nissar Hussain, Sub-Inspector Urfan Wani and Kewal Kishore of crime branch of police and asked the SSP Jammu to report compliance by next date of hearing on November 11.
“From the gist of the complaint cognizable offences are made out against the non-applicants herein. Therefore, application of the applicant under section 153 (3) CrPc is allowed with the direction to SSP Jammu to register FIR against the non-applicants under relevant provisions of law and report compliance by next date of hearing on November 11,” it said.
In June this year, District and Sessions Judge Tejwinder Singh sentenced to life imprisonment the three main accused, while awarding five years in jail to three others for destruction of evidence in the case that had sparked nationwide outrage.
The trial was shifted to Pathankot on orders of the Supreme Court after some cabinet ministers of the then PDP-BJP government in the state came out in open support of the accused while lawyers in Kathua attempted to prevent submission of the charge sheet in court.
Advocate Ankur Sharma pleaded the case for the applicants.
CAMPA recommends mitigation plan for Kishtwar High Altitude National Park
Srinagar, Oct 21: A meeting of executive committee of Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) under the chairmanship of Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, J&K, Dr. Mohit Gera was held here today.
Chief Conservator of Forests, Jammu Sameer Bharti informed that 9.39 Lakh plants have been planted in monsoon areas of Jammu region during the current financial year.
Preparations for winter planting in Chenab Valley and Kashmir Region were also discussed. PCCF directed both the Chief Conservators of Forests Jammu / Kashmir Region to ensure that targets for winter planting of the current financial year are fully achieved.
Chief Wildlife Warden, Suresh Gupta made a detailed presentation on the proposed mitigation plan for Kishtwar High Altitude National Park in respect of which money has been received from Chenab valley power project for Pakaldul Hydro Electric Project.
The activities proposed in the Action Plan include boundary delineation, habitat improvement, strengthening of wildlife protection and eco-development activities. The DPR shall be prepared on the basis of studies conducted by specialized institutions.
Conservator of Forests, Chenab Circle presented the biodiversity conservation plan for conservation of rare, endangered and threatened plants of Marwa and Kishtwar Divisions.
CF Chenab also presented a comprehensive compensatory afforestation plan in the catchment of Pakaldul, Kiru and Kewar Hydro electric Projects.
After approval of steering committee all the projects discussed shall be executed in a project mode in five years time. DPR of Biodiversity Park at Harran Shallbugh, Ganderbal was also discussed. NGO Nazir Benazir urged early completion of the works of biodiversity park at Ganderbal.
In addition modalities for preparation of Annual Plan of Operations of 2020-21 were also discussed and the implementing agencies were asked to prepare the APOs as per the prescribed guidelines within a stipulated timeline.
Among others the meeting was attended by Dr. Neelu Gera Director Social Forestry, Suresh Kumar Gupta Chief Wildlife Warden, Sarvesh Rai CEO CAMPA, Sameer Bharti CCF Jammu, Farooq Gillani CCF Kashmir, T. Rabi Kumar CCF Working Plan, Praveen Raghav CCF Projects & Planning and other senior officers of the Forest Department.
‘Bridges in Srinagar being facade lighted to enhance their appearance’
Srinagar, Oct 21: Bridges in the capital city of Srinagar are being facade lighted aimed at their beautification and enhancement of their overall appearance.
Of the three bridges being taken up for facade lighting in the ongoing first phase of the project the work on the Abdullah Bridge has been completed and that on the remaining two including Lal Mandi Footbridge and Budshah Bridge which is in progress will be completed in about a month’s time.
The facade lighting of bridges involves facade formation through light that falls on them and its direction and colour with the appearance of a facade altering with changing components of diffused and direct light.
It uses programmable luminaries to enhance facades in a creative manner using seamless linear panels on the sides of bridges to create golden scene and RGB lights which wash on pillars to create different kinds of scenes.
It was informed that a 21 KV power backup which lasts for up to 10 hours will keep the lighting up and running during power outages.
The project is being taken up under the Srinagar Smart City project.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said another nine bridges in the city are being taken up for facade lighting in the second phase of the project which he said will start soon after inauguration of facade lighting of three bridges being done in this current phase.
Facade lighting is designed to highlight special features of a structure’s architecture enhancing its aesthetic appeal and overall appearance. It is aimed at beautification of historic structures such as monuments and bridges.