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Rs 616-cr being spent on power augmentation in JK: Asiea Naqash

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Jammu, Jan 17: Minister of State for Power, Asiea Naqash informed the House that the Union Government has launched a mega development programme under DDUGJY for the improvement of power system in the State involving a cost of Rs. 616.59 crore.
Responding to a question by Abdul Rahim Rather, she said this ambitious programme has been approved for implementation in 21 districts of the State including, 10 in Jammu province, 9 in Kashmir and two districts of Ladakh region.
Asiea Naqash said that the programme is aimed at to augment the power infrastructure and electrification of all un-electrified areas in the rural areas. It also envisages various reforms in the power sector to improve over all power scenario in the State.
Elaborating further, the Minister said that the reason for slow implementation is poor response to tenders and meeting various other technicalities. She said the Government is making constant efforts for speedy implementation of this important programme in all identified areas of the State to ensure that benefits reach to the targeted population.
Meanwhile, replying to a question by MLA Gulzar Ahmad Wani, she said Government is going to develop 1×10 MVA Receiving Station at Kawarigam to ease load and improve power supply scenario in adjoining areas. She said the power supply to Ranipora and Kawarigam is fed from Receiving Station, Gopalpora through 11 KV Dethoo feeder while Harde-toru is fed from Receiving Station, Shangus Nowgam through 11 KV Issus feeder.
“Kawarigam being the load centre, construction of 10 MVA, 33/11 KV receiving Station has been proposed there which will cater to the Hardetoru and Ranipora areas as well” she said.
The Minister said that the DPR for construction of Receiving Station at Kawarigam stands submitted for accord of TEC for an amount of Rs 4.99 crore which will improve the power supply to Ranipora, Hardo-Toru, Kawarigam and other areas of Shangus constituency.
The Minister further informed that the Receiving Station Cherpora 1×10 MVA was commissioned in April 2017 and has relieved some load of Receiving Station Nowgam Shangus. She said that upgrading of Receiving Station Nowgam Shangus from 16.3 to 2×10 MVA has been sanctioned under IPDS at an estimated cost of Rs.62.08 lakh. The tenders for IPDS/PMDP works including augmentation of Receiving Station, Shangus were floated on 18.10.2017.
Asiea Naqash further elaborated that Receiving Station Gopalpora is feeding Shangus constituency and parts of Anantnag town and some areas of Bijbehara also which has already been augmented from 1×6.3 MVA to 2×6.3 MVA and presently there is no proposal for its further augmentation as existing capacity is sufficient to cater to the present demand.
Meanwhile, replying to a question of Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, the Minister said that the 1×10 MVA, 33/11 KV Receiving Station at Waterwani has been approved under PMDP (Rural) at an estimated cost of Rs.1.95 crore. She further informed that the villages of Sholipora, Waterwani/Bodina, Labartal villages of Budgam constituency are presently fed from Receiving Station Budgam which has recently been augmented from 24 MVA to 26.3 MVA.
The Minister also informed that the tenders for construction of Receiving Station at Waterwani along with other system strengthening works under DDUGJY were invited and subsequently cancelled.
“Re-tendering of the said works has not been undertaken till date owing to on-going litigation in High Court, Srinagar” she added.


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No one can stop AIP now: Rasheed

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Srinagar, May 23: Awami Itihaad Party (AIP) President and Party’s candidate for Baramulla Parliamentary constituency Er Rasheed has said that results are much encouraging for AIP and no one on earth can stop the party from becoming alternative to NC, PDP and other regional parties.

In a statement issued today, Rasheed said that the spirit of democracy needs to be respected and all those who have won the elections deserve congratulations. However, AIP has proved all political analysis wrong and has shown excellent performance by improving its performance beyond imagination. Those who used to accuse AIP of dividing votes should realize that party was not there to divide votes but to give a befitting fight despite all compulsions and the results have proved all those forces wrong who claimed to be lone warriors of Kashmiris.

Rasheed while thanking AIP cadres said that party is thankful to every single voter and party colleagues who voted and worked for an ideology and have laid a strong foundation stone for the future. AIP promises to follow its pro-people agenda with consistency and sincerity. One should not forget that AIP decided at the eleventh hour to contest the elections and without a proper cadre the party volunteers succeeded in sending a deep message to the masses that AIP has the potential to replace those who have given Kashmiris nothing except disappointments and false promises.

 

Rasheed reiterated his appeal to sincere political workers to join AIP and become part of a change which will not only ensure leadership that represents sentiments, sacrifices and aspiration of masses but will also give them best and corruption-free governance.

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Moulvi Yousuf Shah (RA) put in all-out efforts to highlight Kashmir issue globally: Mirwaiz

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Srinagar, May 23: The 52nd death anniversary of Mahajar-e-Millat Mirwaiz Moulvi Yousuf Shah (RA) was observed on both sides of the divide in Kashmir with full respect and honor.

Paying rich tributes to the martyrs of battle of Badr and to highlight the role and great contribution of Muhajir-e-Milat (RA) on social, moral, educational and religious and political front, Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir Umar Farooq while addressing the gathering at the historic Aali Masjid at Eidgah here, shed light on the life and religious political contribution of late Mirwaiz.

While paying rich tributes to him for his commitment to the people’s political movement as a pioneer in creating awareness among them regarding their political rights for which he was exiled, Mirwaiz paid homage to the great leader for his great contribution in the spread of religious teachings and social justice among the people of the state. He said that Mujahir-e-Milat put in all-out efforts during his lifetime to highlight the Kashmir issue globally and to pitch for Kashmiri’s.

 

Mirwaiz said that the translation and commentary of holy Quran in Kashmiri language by the late Mirwaiz helped put Kashmir on the global Islamic map and earned him great respect in Islamic world.

Mirwaiz also paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the battle of Badr stating that the great companions of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) despite being less in number fought against the enemy to keep the Islamic flag high and that their priceless sacrifices will always be remembered till the day of judgment.

Those who spoke on the occasion include Professor Abdul Gani Bhat, Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari, Moulana Showkat Hussain Keng, Moulana Khursheed Ahmed Qanoongo, and Moulana Syedur Rehman Shams. The speakers paid rich tributes to Mujahir-e-Milat and vowed to take his mission to its logical conclusion.

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Ganai interacts with KCCI delegation, others

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Srinagar, May 23: As part of the weekly outreach programme, Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmed Ganai Thursday interacted with a number of delegations and individuals at J&K Governor’s Grievance Cell at Church Lane, Sonawar in Srinagar.

More than 22 delegations and scores of individuals from various parts of the Valley projected a number of issues on the occasion and sought their immediate redressal.

The delegations which met the Advisor during the day-long interaction include Amarnath Yatra Baltal Traders, delegation of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry, College Contractual Teachers, General line Teachers Forum and Academic Arrangement Teachers besides delegations from Umar Colony Lal Bazar, Nowgam Anantnag and Pahoo Pulwama among others.

 

The Advisor gave a patient hearing to the deputations and individuals and said that all the genuine issues put forth during the public hearing will be looked into.

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