Srinagar, April 27: The Mughal road, connecting the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in the Jammu region with Shopian in south Kashmir, is likely to be thrown open for vehicular traffic early next week as the snow clearance operation is almost complete, a senior official said Saturday.
The 84-km mountainous road, an alternate link between Kashmir and rest of the country, was closed for vehicular traffic on January 1 after high altitude areas along the way experienced heavy snowfall.
The opening of the Mughal road will ease pressure on the only all-weather Jammu-Srinagar highway which witnessed frequent closure this winter due to landslides between Ramban and Banihal at regular intervals amid the ongoing work on the four-lanning project, leading to scarcity of essential commodities in the Valley.
“The Shopian side is almost clear up to Peer Ki Gali, while work is on to clear the remaining 200-metre stretch from the Poonch side which is expected to be completed by this (Saturday) evening or tomorrow,” In-charge Chief Engineer, Mughal Road Project, Mohammad Ashraf Bhat told PTI.
He said debris from the shooting of stones from the hillocks overlooking the road accumulated at a few places is also being cleared.
“Subject to the clearance from the traffic department, the road is likely to be thrown open on April 29 or 30,” Bhat said, adding the traffic department will conduct the inspection of the road once the clearance operation is complete and take a call on its reopening accordingly.
The mechanical division of the roads and buildings department launched a massive snow-clearance operation on the road, which usually remains closed for traffic during winter, around middle of March to ensure its early reopening.
However, the frequent snowfall delayed the snow clearance operation.
The work on the construction of the historic road, which was used by Mughal kings to reach Kashmir and is thus named after them, started in 2005 and it was completed in December 2008.
JK’s maiden poultry estate to come up at Tral: Dr Samoon
Srinagar, July 10: The Department of Animal Husbandry is going to establish its first poultry estate in Jammu and Kashmir in Tral area of south Kashmir.
The innovative initiative to set up the estate conceptualized by Principal Secretary, Animal, Sheep and Fisheries Department Dr Asghar Hassan Samoon will give a boost to the poultry sector in the state which is importing poultry worth Rs 1000 crore every year.
In this regard, Dr Samoon today chaired a meeting with the officers of Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department, Industries and Commerce department, Revenue and Planning department.
The officers who attended the meeting included Director Animal Husbandry Department Kashmir Purnima Mittal, MD SIDCO Ravinder Kumar, Director Industries and Commerce Mehmood Shah, ADC Pulwama Yasin Chowdhary, CAHO Dr Muneer Ahmed Qureshi, XEN SIDCO Abdul Rashid Bhat and other officials.
It was given out that the objective of the scheme will be to establish poultry units, lair and broiler depending on the demand, to encourage small & marginal farmers, educated & unemployed youth, women, socially & economically backward section of the society to take up activities of poultry sector in a compact area by providing required infrastructure and related facilities.
Saying that the objective of the Poultry estate is to achieve economies of scale by adopting cluster approach, better resource sharing etc, Dr Samoon directed conducting join inspection of site by Revenue, SIDCO and Animal Husbandry Department for starting work at the earliest.
Highlighting the importance of Poultry estate, Dr Samoon said that these model poultry estates should have a snowball effect and propel private sector to pay attention to bio-security issues, hygienic, pollution-free production and welfare of primary farmer community, etc.
He reiterated the vision of the department to make J&K state self-sufficient in poultry products which is currently estimated at 1000 crore bill.
He urged the private players to join the government in the mega initiative which is a win-win situation for both farmer and private players.
Dr Samoon also asked the officials to explore the possibility of fodder development in a sufficient patch of land which can cater to the livestock of adjacent villages of poultry estate.
PDP flays Vikramaditya Singh for using foul language against July 13 martyrs
Srinagar, July 18: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday held a meeting of its north Kashmir leadership to take stock of the overall functioning of the party affairs and measures needed to strengthen it further.
The party also flayed Congress leader Vikramaditya Singh over his statement on July 13, 1931 martyrs, terming it derogatory, mischievous and reflection of a communal mindset.
Party Vice President Abdul Rahman Veeri held a detailed meet with the party ’s top leadership over the present political situation and measures needed to be taken to defend the core interests of Jammu and Kashmir state.
According to the party spokesman, Veeri presided over the meeting that was held at the party’s head office here and was attended by the party’s top leadership from north Kashmir. The meeting, as per the spokesman, discussed in detail the current political situation in the state and the need to safeguard the state’s unique position and core interests.
The meeting also highlighted how the PDP while being part of the coalition took drastic and vital measures for the defence of the Article 35-A and the government had engaged the top lawyers of the country for the purpose
Veeri during the meeting emphasised that the need of the hour is to strengthen the party not to go adrift at such a crucial movement of history.
Taking part in the meeting, party General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura in his address flayed the statement made by Congress leader Vikramaditya Singh about the July 13, 1931 martyrs, terming his remarks derogatory, mischievous and blasphemous in nature. While castigating Singh over the use of such foul language, Hanjura asked the Congress leader to read the history correctly to get an idea about the supreme sacrifice made by the 22 Kashmiris on July 13, 1931.
Hanjura said that the statement has reflected Singh’s vindictive and communal mindset and has exposed how some people in the state love to remain in their feudal fantasies and seek pleasure in witnessing peoples’ rights being trampled with impunity.
The PDP General Secretary also asked Congress party to come clear on its policy vis-a-vis the historic event of July 13, 1931, as according to Hanjura, on one side Congress leaders play theatrics by offering Fateha on martyrs’ graveyard and on the other hand, the leaders of the party ridicule the same martyrs publicly. This is the high time, said Hanjura, that the Congress party must make its stand clear.
Other senior leaders who attended the meeting include Javaid Beigh, Noor Mohammad, Abdul Qayoom Wani, Raja Manzoor, Mohammad Khurshid Alam, Ghulam Nabi Panditpuri, Irfan Sofi, Shabir Ahmad Mir, District Secretary Kupwara Mohammad Afzal, Adv Khurshid Shah, besides all-district and Zonal Presidents of north Kashmir.
Comm SMC reviews progress of works executed under AMRUT, JTPRF
Srinagar, July 18: Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), Khurshid Ahmad Sanai chaired meeting to review the progress of various projects being executed under AMRUT and JTPRF here at Municipal central office Karan Nagar.
During the course of meeting various components of AMRUT including storm water drainage at different places in Srinagar, sewerage and septage, Urban Transportation, Development of Multi level parking and Green spaces were reviewed at length.
It was informed in the meeting that total number of thirty projects have been identified under AMRUT.
Commissioner SMC was also apprised that five projects have got completed including storm water drainage Mallbagh, storm water drainage Gangbugh, Extension of Tulip Garden, Development of Park/ Green space (Bemina Park) Idle Park at Pantha Chowk.
Sanai further reviewed status of reforms under AMRUT and status of NOC’s to be sought from other departments.
He has passed on instructions to speed up with the ongoing projects and ensure timely completion of pending works.
Among others meeting was attended by Joint Commissioner Adm Syed Abul Qasim, Joint Commissioner Works SMC, S.E Drainage circle, Deputy Director P&M SMC, Exn Right River Works, Exn left River Works, Exn CDC SMC, Exn S&D II, Exn MCD, Exn Mechanical SMC, Nodal officers/representatives of SDA, LAWDA, Floriculture Kashmir, UEED and others.