Jammu, Nov 27: As part of the continuous efforts of the Governors Administration to keep available potable drinking water in sufficient quantity to the common people of Jammu City, the Secretary, Public Health Engineering (PHE) I&FC, Farooq Ahmad Shah, today inspected Boria intake VT pump station and 300 cusec Ravi Tawi Lift irrigation plant, Jammu to take stock of its functioning.
During the visit, the Secretary said that there will be no compromise in providing safe drinking water to the general public. He stressed upon all the concerned to work with dedication and make sure to provide safe drinking water to the people.
While inspecting the functioning of 300 cusec lift Irrigation plant, the Secretary was apprised that the station has 6 pumps with the capacity of 60 cusec each. Presently 5 pumps are functional and one pump remains on standby mode.
He directed for immediate cleaning of all the surroundings of lift Irrigation plant and proper maintenance of machinery particularly pumps of Boria intake VT pump station so that there will be no leakage and wastage of drinking water.
Besides taking a meeting with the senior officials of the PHE department, at PHE Division (South) Gandhinagar, the Secretary also had an interaction with the staff.
The Secretary was informed that the water treatment plant Boria and Narwal feeds potable drinking water to more than 2.50 lakh souls of surrounding areas i.e Batandi, Nowabad, Narwal, Sujma and Sainik colony and other areas of Jammu city.
Shah was apprised that Boria plant provides 36 lakh gallons and Narwal provides 70 lakh gallons of drinking water per day to the people. He was also informed that the capacity will be increased by another 20 lakh gallons of water upto March 2019 and it will be supplied to those areas which are facing shortage of drinking water facility.
He was informed that in Jammu district 53 languishing projects of PHE have been approved at a cost of Rs 100.56 crore of which 22 projects will be completed by March 2019 and remaining projects would be completed by next year.
Shah said that all the languishing projects should be strictly completed within the stipulated time frame. He also stressed for judicious and transparency in the execution of the projects.
He stressed upon the officials to carry out regular inspection of water tanks and asked them to perform their duties with full dedication. He said the government is duty bound to provide safe drinking water to the people and reaffirmed government’s resolve to eradicate water-borne diseases in the State. He also said it is our prime duty to protect water resources and keep them pollution free. He said that consumers should use the supplied water judiciously without any wastage. He said that safeguarding of water resources is important and this is the moral and personal responsibility of the people to conserve water.
On the occasion, the Secretary stressed upon officials to gear up their men and machinery and speed up work at grass root level so that people get clean drinking water facilities.
He emphasized upon all the officers and engineers of the PHE Department to work with added zeal and zest in order to ensure timely completion of all the projects.
Chief Engineer PHE Jammu Ashok Gandotra, Executive Engineers and officers of PHE department accompanied the Secretary.
Scientific waste disposal continues to remain a challenge in Kashmir
Srinagar, Jan 18: The authorities have not been able to strike a balance between the increased tourist inflow and the scientific disposal of garbage, official documents reveal.
“Being a popular tourist destination, issues pertaining to solid waste are on the rise in the state and need to be addressed immediately,” reveals the Housing and Urban Development (H&UD) department’s 2018 draft action plan for solid-waste management.
It says that sold waste generation has witnessed an increase of over 8 percent in a decade.
“The Central Pollution Control Board report estimates that a total of 400 metric tons of waste is generated per day in Srinagar, 62 percent of this waste is organic in nature while the remaining is inorganic including 7 percent of plastic waste,” reads the document.
An official of H&UD department said that given the rapid urbanization and growing population, this sector (waste management) needs immediate attention.
“The valley’s non-dumping options to manage waste have also shrunk drastically. Burning waste no longer seems viable because of environmental concerns and poor segregation of waste. Compost plants are not doing well because manure doesn’t sell, and again becomes garbage,” the official said.
With population of 12.36 lakh, spread over an area of 294 sq km on both sides of Jhelum, not even a single residential area or commercial establishment in Srinagar has the facility of segregation of solid waste, and much of the waste is dumped into water bodies including Dal Lake.
“Civic bodies blame residents for not segregating the waste but what’s the point when everything will eventually be mixed-up? Segregation by residents will only work when the municipal bodies have complete door-to-door waste collection system and trash pickups have separate containers for dry and wet waste,” the official added.
He said for segregation, greater civic awareness was a must.
“But municipalities must also set up the infrastructure and notify their solid-waste management policy under the 2016 rules. So far, it has remained confined to papers only,” the official said.
A recent report by NITI Aayog ‘Report of Working Group II, Sustainable Tourism in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR)’ too revealed that waste management was a huge challenge in Jammu and Kashmir and will become much more threatening as the number of tourists grows.
J&K fares poorly, with 0.14 gm per capita per day solid waste generation, the second worst in IHR region after Mizoram.
The state has faced repeated censuring by National Green Tribunal.
J&K has witnessed a mushroom growth of tourism infrastructure around water bodies, with little or no concern for the former’s impact over the latter.
90s massacres: Joint Hurriyat calls for shutdown on Jan 21, 25, and 27 in Kashmir parts
Srinagar, Jan 18: The Joint Hurriyat Leadership on Friday called for shutdown in Gaw Kadal, Handwara and Kupwara to mark the anniversaries of three massacres that took place in January 1990 in these areas.
The Joint Hurriyat comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik, in a statement asked people to observe complete shutdown in Gawkadal, Basant Bagh, Chota Bazar, Budshah Chowk and adjacent areas on January 21 (Monday).
It also asked people to observe shutdown in Handwara and Kupwara areas on January 25 and 27 respectively on Handwara and Kupwara massacres anniversaries.
“Carnage at Gaw Kadal, Handwara and Kupwara remind us of Indian brutal occupation and oppression. Illegal Military occupation followed by such massacres symbolizes callousness under the garb of so-called democracy. The nation of Kashmir is indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives for freedom and resistance leadership pledges to continue this struggle till the achievement of the sacred goal,” the statement said.
Joint Hurriyat said Kashmir is “indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives for freedom and resistance leadership pledges to continue this struggle till the achievement of the sacred goal.”
“Days like 21st, 25th and 27th January 1990 remind us of the sacrifices rendered by our dear ones. These are the days for reiteration of our commitment towards the sacred mission and today while recalling these great sacrifices we reiterate our pledge to take forward the task of martyrs till the achievement of the desired goal,” they said.
Fruit growers, dealers association meets Governor
Jammu, Jan 18: A delegation of The Kashmir Fruit Growers and Dealers Association, from Sopore led by its president F A Malik, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Friday.
The members of the delegation requested that the KCC loans of farmers be waived off on account of damage to the horticulture crops due to unexpected hailstorm.
They also requested that unhindered movement of fresh fruits outside the State be allowed.
“They also requested sanctioning of adequate funds for development of Fruit Mandi at Sopore; installation of High Mast Lights at Fruit Mandi Sopore and enroute from Sopore Bye-Pass to the Fruit Mandi; availability of quality pesticides and Tree Spray oils at genuine rates; construction of a fly over from Chakrodaykhan up to Hakim Sonaullah Hospital and Fruit Mandi; sanctioned railway track from Baramulla to Kupwara be routed from Amargarh Sopore station with a station in vicinity of Fruit Mandi; construction of a truck terminal at Tulball, Sopore and revival of juice plant at Doabgah,” a Raj Bhavan Spokesperson said.
Governor assured due consideration of their demands.