Baramulla, Oct 27: Secretary PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Farooq Ahmad Shah, Saturday chaired a meeting here convened to review the physical and financial achievements made during current fiscal in various ongoing schemes and projects of PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control undertaken under various Centrally and State-sponsored schemes.
On the occasion, the Secretary was briefed about the progress with regard to various ongoing schemes being executed in district Baramulla. It was given out that a total of 66 schemes in Irrigation sector and 29 schemes in PHE sector are under execution in the district.
Meanwhile, the Secretary emphasized upon the concerned authorities to complete the ongoing works within the stipulated time frame. He urged 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 that no lapse of any kind shall be tolerated in such vital projects of public importance.
Secretary directed SE Irrigation to ensure proper irrigation facilities besides the initiation of protection work at all canals. He directed for completion of all approved languishing schemes at an earliest.
Farooq Shah laid stress on strict implementation of the sustainability programme which is aimed at conserving the existing PHE schemes for a longer period. He directed the engineers to take all possible steps to improve the efficiency of schemes so that they serve their purpose. He also stressed the need for improving the work culture at the grass root level to provide better services to the people.
The meeting was told that Watlab Water Supply Scheme for Sopore Town which is under execution, shall be commissioned by 30th of April 2019.
While highlighting the economic significance of River Jhelum, Shah directed the engineers to keep vigil on the banks of river Jhelum and its flood channel to keep a check on illegal constructions and to curb unauthorised extraction of sand and minerals. He directed for the widening of the river upto 30 meters.
Reiterating upon the Government’s commitment for providing safe and potable drinking water to each household, Farooq Shah said that government is working on measures to augment the existing resources to meet the gaps between demand and supply.
Chief Engineer I&FC, District Commissioner Baramulla, Director Planning Baramulla, Executive Engineer and other officers of the department were present in the meeting.
DC Shopian suspends two forest officials
Shopian, June 26: Two officials of Forest Department including an In-Charge Forester were suspended today by Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Dr Owais Ahmed, for their callous attitude towards their duties.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner’s office received multiple complaints about the smuggling of forest wood and cutting of green trees in Keller belt of district Shopian.
Acting on these complaints, a preliminary enquiry committee headed by Divisional Forest Officer Shopian was constituted by Deputy Commissioner Shopian. After a brief enquiry into the matter it was found that few officials have been negligent in performing their duties.
Taking cognition of the issue, Deputy Commissioner on Wednesday suspended two employees of forest department. Deputy Commissioner Shopian said that till the completion of enquiry these two employees have been put under suspension and more investigation regarding the case is going on.
He said that his administration shall not tolerate any kind of negligence and callous attitude towards duties. He further added that those found guilty will face stern action.
Tourism has come to standstill in Kashmir: Tarigami
Srinagar, June 26: Senior CPI(M) leader and former legislator Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Wednesday said that the tourism industry in Kashmir has come to an almost complete standstill and the slump is affecting the livelihood of a sizeable section of the population.
“Houseboats are empty, taxi drivers and shikara owners are idle with no business on the horizon,” Tarigami said in a statement.
“Tourism sector in Kashmir is going through its worst crisis with many hotels closing down, staff being laid off and players in the industry looking for alternative businesses or even job opportunities. Businesses linked with tourism, including handicrafts, restaurants and transporters, are also facing a financial crisis. People, who are associated with tourism, are facing difficulties to feed their families,” Tarigami said.
He added that the atmosphere of panic has been created by TV channels who are portraying Kashmir in a negative manner.
“The electronic media’s coverage of the developments were damaging the tourism industry. The continuous negative coverage, especially of violence, which is not the overwhelming reality in Kashmir, has stalled tourist inflow to Kashmir,” said Tarigami in a statement.
Dir Gen IMD meets Guv
Srinagar, Jun 25: Dr. K.J. Ramesh, Director General, Indian Meteorological Department, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday.
Dr. Ramesh briefed Governor about the present weather forecasting set up in the State and its usefulness for issuing timely weather advisories to people and pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra during the duration of the Yatra.
Governor highlighted the crucial importance of timely and advance weather forecasts for managing the movement of Yatris, which is highly dependent on the weather conditions.