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Secy PHE expresses dismay over slow pace of de-silting

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Srinagar, Oct 11: Secretary PHE, Irrigation, Flood Control& DMRRR, Farooq Ahmad Shah, Thursday reviewed the progress of work on de-silting of Flood Spill Channel (FSC) in Srinagar.

The meeting was attended by Chief Engineer PHE, I&FC, Abdul Wahid, Superintending Engineers and Executive Engineers. Other officers of the allied departments were also present at the meeting.

Taking serious note of slow progress of work at some spots of FSC, Shah directed the officers to deploy additional men and machinery to improve the pace of work so that the same is completed within the given deadline.

 

During the meeting, it was observed that fencing along the FSC has been damaged at many places, to which Shah directed the officials to restore the same at the earliest.

He also said that all the flood protection related works shall be taken on priority at every place and shall be completed as early as possible. He said the Government is committed to tackle any flood-like situation and is working on measures to prevent such scenarios in the future.

The Secretary also called for zero tolerance to any encroachment along water bodies and passed strict directions to the officers to ensure that no encroachment takes place in their respective areas. He said the officers concerned will be responsible to any encroachment taking place in their respective areas and action will be taken against the officials as per rules.

The meeting was informed that de-silting and related flood protection works are going apace at Shariefabad, Naidkhai, Padshahi Bagh, Rambagh and Bemina.

Meeting was informed that at Shariefabad stretch, about 8.00 lakh cubic metres have been de-silted out of the total target of 11.50 lakh cubic metres while at Tengpora-Mehjoor Nagar stretch, 2.37 lakh cubic metres have been de-silted out of the target of 2.81 lakh cubic metres. The meeting was assured that the target of desilting at these places will be achieved within one month.

With regard to the desilting of Hokersar, the meeting was informed that the desilting work has been started and will be completed within the stipulated time.

During the meeting, Executive Engineers and Superintending Engineers apprised the secretary about the progress of flood protection works in their respective districts and assured that the work will be completed within the given timeframe.

Shah emphasized upon all the officers and engineers of the department to work with added zeal and zest in order to ensure timely completion of all ongoing projects. He said no lapse of any kind shall be tolerated in such vital projects of public importance.

Later the Secretary visited Mehjoor Nagar and Rambagh to inspect the progress of Flood Protection work on the spot. He interacted with the locals and the workers to get the feedback about the quality of work and assured the public that the flood protection works will be completed in set time frame. He also directed the officers to beautify the bunds along the FSC for the attraction of the locals.

In order to achieve the fixed targets of the department, he stressed upon all the concerned to put in extra efforts and work with proper coordination. Shah appealed the general public to avoid raising structures on the banks of Jhelum and its flood-channel.

 

 


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Swachh Bharat summer internship workshop kick-starts at ICSC Srinagar

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Srinagar, July 15: The week-long Swachh Bharat Summer Internship-2019 commenced Monday at the Islamia College of Science and Commerce, Srinagar under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

The inaugural session was inaugurated by the Principal ICSC Srinagar, Professor (Dr) Sheikh Aijaz Bashir, who was the chief guest on the occasion.

In his inaugural address, Prof. Bashir stated that such type of awareness programmes help in educating the youth for the proper use and re-use of bio-degradable and non-biodegradable solid waste in society.

 

“Nothing would change unless we as a community don’t change our attitude towards Waste Management,” he said. He also stressed on segregation of waste at source.

Other speakers gave a detailed presentation on the conceptual framework of Solid Waste Management and Sustainable Solid Waste Management on the occasion.

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Advisor Sharma on whirlwind tour to Leh

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Leh, July 14: Advisor to Governor, K K Sharma—who is on his four-day tour to Ladakh division on Sunday took stock of 45MW Alchi Hydel project besides meeting several delegations in Leh district.

The Advisor took detailed review of the power supply scenario of under this project.  He inquired in detail about the capacity and feeding area of this project and urged to work for further improvement of the project efficiency.

During the inspection at the project site, the General Manager, NHPC has briefed to the Advisor in detail about the power network, saying that currently this project is generating 20 to 21 MW against the requirement of 15 MW peak load of the feeding area. He apprised the Advisor that around 10MW of power is being fed to the Grid during day time at present.

 

Later, Sharma also inspected the 220/66 KV GIS Station at Phyang and interacted with the engineers of Power Development Corporation and Power Development Department about the functioning of this power station and the working of transmission line. Advisor also enquired about the potentiality of future expansion plan under Alchi Hydel project.

The Chief Engineer, Generation/ M&RE Ladakh Wing, Ajaz Ahmad Dar briefed the Advisor that Nubra valley is all set to bring under the ambit of Alchi project  and the tendering process of the work is under active progress.

The DC, Leh Avny Lavasa also briefed the Advisor that few power projects of the capacity upto 5MW are also coming up shortly through LREDA in Nubra valley and this will capably cater to the power need of the valley.

Earlier, the Divisional Commissioner, Ladakh, Saugat Biswas has received the Advisor at Leh in the afternoon.

Later Member Parliament (MP) from Leh, Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal also called on Advisor to Governor, K.K Sharma.

Namgyal discussed various issues pertaining to the Ladakh region of the State—urging Advisor Sharma to give patient hearing to the people and address their issues on priority.

The MP hailed government of Jammu and Kashmir for creating separate divisions of Ladakh region. He urged Advisor to focus on development on all fronts. He said that Ladakh has been neglected and remained backward, urged Advisor Sharma to shift focus on for its overall development.

He also sought that more posts should be created in Agriculture and other allied departments. He said that PDD should initiative augment infra and other developmental activities. He said that issues of Dah, Hanu, hydroelectricity power projects—run by JKSPDC, should be addressed on priority. The MP also raised issues of manpower in government-run departments at Khalsi and Drass tehsils.

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Three drug peddlers arrested in Srinagar: Police

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Srinagar, July 14: Police in its recent action against drug dealings in Srinagar have arrested three drug peddlers at a checkpoint and recovered contraband substance from their possession.

Officers at a checkpoint established near Eidgah, arrested three drug peddlers. They have been shifted to Police Station Safakadal where they remain in custody.  Contraband substance including 50 grams of charas and 01 gram of heroin has been seized by the officers.

Case FIR No. 106/2019 under relevant sections of law has been registered and initiated investigations in the matter.

 

Community members are requested to come forward with any information regarding drug peddlers in their neighbourhood. Persons found indulging in drug peddling will be dealt as per law.

Our consistent actions against drug peddlers should reassure the community members that we are making efforts to keep our society free from the scourge of drug menace.

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