Jammu, Jan 02: Advisor to Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma, today chaired a meeting to review the Solid Waste Management (SWM) in the state and its projects under Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) here at Civil Secretariat.
The meeting was attended by Financial Commissioner, Housing & Urban Development Department (H&UDD), KB Aggarwal, Secretary in H&UDD, Anil Kumar Gupta, Commissioner, JMC, Pankaj Magotra, Commissioner, SMC, PeerzadaHafizullah, Director ULB Kashmir, Farooq Ahmed Rather, Director Finance, H&UDD, Shaheen Mohammad Ashraf, Director, Planning, H&UDD, M IshfaqPakchiwal, besides other senior functionaries of the concerned departments and consultation agencies.
The Advisor said that solid waste management is an important component for sustainable development and needs special focus. Every department and functionaries associated with SWM shall put in a committed effort to achieve the desired results on the ground, he added.
At the outset, Financial Commissioner, H&UDD, K B Aggarwal gave a brief overview to the Advisor regarding solid waste management across the state.
The Advisor was briefed about the present status of ISWM projects of Jammu Division. It was given out that in Katra and Udhampur, the SWM project cost is Rs 4 crore and Rs 14.59 crore respectively and tenders have been allotted and DPRs are under preparation.
The Advisor further had a detailed analysis of the bidding formats, capex costs, tipping fees and other aspects involved in the tendering process. He asked for making the tendering process more viable. He also enquired about the present strategy and future plan of action for effective solid waste management.
While reviewing the present scenario of waste collection and disposal by Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), the Advisor was informed that door-to-door waste collection has increased to nearly 80 per cent with 112 hopper vehicles in service to collect waste.
It was further informed that six NGOs have been empanelled for creating awareness on segregation of waste source in 15 wards of the city. SMC proposes to issue twin coloured dustbins to all households and 33 per cent MSW segregated at mechanical segregator and processed for composting and resource recovery, the meeting was told.
Existing SWM flow at the landfill site, Achan was reviewed and short awareness video on segregation and solid waste dumping was also showcased during the meeting.
The meeting further had detailed deliberations on Solid Waste Management Rules, Environment Protection Act 1986 besides various directions and guidelines passed by competent courts on solid waste management.
Segregation, composition and recycling solid wastes besides functioning of already existing solid waste management plants and advantages of plasma decomposition were also discussed during the meeting.
It was informed that Leh has procured a machine based on plasma technology for solid waste decomposition which has been installed on a trial basis in December 2018.
On parking areas, the Advisor said that the Municipal Corporations shall have a detailed assessment of proposed sites for parking and underline the design challenges. Parking charges shall be reasonable to encourage more people to park their vehicles in the allotted parking areas, he added.
If PSA for stone pelting in Kashmir why not in Jammu: Sajad Lone
Jammu, Feb 18: Peoples’ Conference Chairman, Sajad Gani Lone on Monday said that intimidation and harassment of Kashmiri students, professionals and families living outside Kashmir was unacceptable and cannot be passed off as a purportedly natural outburst.
“These incidents are tantamount to trivializing the enormous sufferings and the pain suffered by the people of Kashmir over the period of the last three decades while their lives were engulfed by the scourge of violence and terror.
They have been at the receiving end of the devastation that comes with a prolonged conflict and they have borne the brunt. To attack them, single them out and harass them is shameful and those behind such mob-mentality and bullying should be dealt with in the strongest of terms”, Sajad Gani
Lone said today on arrival in Jammu where he is going to reach out to members of the community to ensure their safety and security.
“If stone pelting is wrong in Kashmir, it is equally wrong in Jammu and should attract the same legal and administrative response. What is wrong in Kashmir can’t be deemed acceptable and tolerable in Jammu. Law and Order is the subject of the State Administration and they need to ensure there is zero tolerance for these mobs in Jammu and those who are involved are arrested and persecuted”, Sajad Lone further added.
“All State Governments are duty bound to ensure the safety and security of all Kashmiri students, professionals and families residing in their respective States and no laxity should be tolerated in this matter. I have spoken to various State Government authorities and Police Authorities in various States and sought foolproof safety and security of Kashmiri students and families in those States”, the PC Chairman added.
Safe transit of stranded Kashmiris from Jammu our priority: Farooq
Jammu, Feb 18: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah who is personally overseeing the relief operation of the stranded Kashmiris in Jammu on the second consecutive day has maintained that safe transit of stranded Kashmiris from Jammu is our priority.
Dr Farooq Abdullah who has been personally overseeing the whole relief and rescue operation has ensured the safe transit of more than 2500 small and big vehicles to Kashmir over the past two days.
Pertinent to mention here that the party has geared up its provincial team of Jammu including party additional General Secretary Dr. Sheikh Mustufa Kamal and Provincial President Devender Singh Rana in its response to the exigencies following the incidents of arson and sporadic vioence in some parts of Jammu.
While addressing people at Mecca Masjid Dr Farooq Abdullah urged the stranded passengers there to have faith and believe in the age old traditions of brotherhood and bonhomie. He also applauded the efforts of local people and other communities who came forward to help the stranded Kashmiris. “I am moved by the compassion of various groups and communities who have come forward to the rescue of stranded Kashmiris. The efforts need to be replicated across all sections of the society; measures like these are befitting reply to those forces as are inclined to destroy our unity,” he said.
Meanwhile Dr Farooq under his vigil managed safe transit of stranded passengers including eighty students to Kashmir for the second consecutive day.
Dr Farooq maintained that he will be staying put at Jammu only unless the condition returns to normalcy. “I am personally watchful of the situation. We have put up a free community kitchen at Mecca Masjid to ensure that the needy and stranded people don’t have to face any problem in the wake of the tumultuous situation,” he said.
Party functionaries and senior leaders who are part of the relief operation include Ajaz Jan, Ratan Lal Gupta, Sheikh Bashir Ahmad, Mohammad Syed Akhoon and others.
CB books revenue officials, beneficiaries for grabbing 45 kanals of state land at Pahalgam
Srinagar, Feb 18: Crime Branch Kashmir today registered a case against revenue officials and the beneficiaries for illegal transferring state land at Pahalgam in favour of the latter.
According to an official communiqué, the Crime Branch Kashmir received a complaint from inhabitants of village Nunwan Pahalgam Anantnag.
The complaint inter-alia reveals that as per revenue records of the year 1978 (Bikrami) land measuring 45 Kanals & 19 Marlas under Survey No. 169 situated at village Nunwan Pahalgam was Khalsa Sarkar/state land. The land as per year 1990-91 (Bikrami) stands divided under various Nos. viz 196/169 (9.1 Kanals), 200/169(5.4 Kanals), 206/169(1.16 Kanals), 207/169(4.9 kanals), 208/169(8.2 Kanals), 220/169(3.11 Kanals),169 (6.7Kanals) and in the same Jamabandi the entries have been made in tenancy column in favour of tenants and possession holders, but in the same record piece of land under survey No. 169 was recorded as state land (Kabza Najaiz). It is alleged that in Jamabandi of the year 1969-70 few fictitious survey Nos 301/169(10.10 Kanals) 326/169 (3.7 Kanals) were made in favour of some non-locals namely Salam-Din & others R/O Khanabal Anantnag, and 301/169 (2 Kanals) in favour of Ab. Rehman R/O Kanelwan Bijbehara, by the revenue officials in connivance with the beneficiaries. The land has been illegally occupied by the said persons while as the land is state land measuring 38 Kanals as Shamilat U/S 5, and 6.7 Kanals are recorded as
“Goorvan”. Subsequently a preliminary enquiry under Reg.No.58/2011 was initiated at Police Station Crime Branch Kashmir. It came to fore that the land in question has been reflected as Khalsa Sarkar as per “Misle-Haqiyat” (record of rights) of the year 1978 (Bikrami). Subsequently the said land was converted to Shamilaat and then fraudulently in furtherance of criminal conspiracy by the revenue officers/officials and the beneficiaries and mutated in favour of Salam-Din R/O Khanabal Anantang, and Ab. Rehman R/O Kanelwan Bijbehara, U/S 4 & 8 of Agrarian Reforms Act, thereby misused their official position in order to render undue benefit upon beneficiaries.
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