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Take note of drinking water shortage reports, pace up schemes: Mehbooba to PHE Deptt

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Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti friday directed the PHE Department to take due cognizance of the reports of drinking water shortage coming from various parts of the State and overcome the problem by early commissioning of water supply schemes.
Chairing a review meeting of drinking water and irrigation schemes in the State, the Chief Minister asked the concerned Department to work out the drinking water needs in areas of Aloochi Bagh, Nowgam, Panzinara, Pantha Chowk, Natipora, Batamaloo, Parimpora and other places in Srinagar and Janipur, Akhnoor, Talab Tilloo, Paloura, Parade, Roop Nagar, Exhibition grounds etc in Jammu and other rural areas in the State from where the demands generally come.
Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Shyam Choudhary was present in the meeting.
Terming the tanker service as a temporary solution to the problem, Mehbooba Mufti directed pacing up of hand pump installation in these water scarce areas which will give relief to people by a considerable measure. She also directed closure of under execution schemes at the earliest so that the drinking water demand of these areas is addressed on a long term basis.
The Chief Minister reviewed the completion status of some ambitious water supply projects in the State like Tangnar Water Supply Scheme, Greater Jammu Water Supply Scheme and Water Supply Schemes of Greater Baramulla, Leh, Bamzoo, Kehribal and other important schemes and sought the prioritised completion of these schemes. She directed upgradation of filtration plants of the existing schemes in a phased manner in view of their age and efficiency. Besides, she also directed cleaning of discharge sources and timely testing of water samples for quality assurance. She also directed dove tailing water supply distribution to schools with Swach Bharat campaign for more funding.
Mehbooba Mufti also reviewed the status of many major irrigation schemes like Ravi canal, Rajpora canal, Parka Chak canal in Kargil, Lar Canal besides other projects like Chenab protection works, Tawi barrage, Tulbul project, inland waterway in Jhelum and other schemes. Besides, she also reviewed the status of irrigation projects under PMKSY. She also directed clearing of all encroachments in irrigation canals.
The Chief Minister was informed that a monitoring mechanism for working out and arresting distribution losses is being developed by the Department besides pooling all major schemes in the two cities for equal water distribution across.
The Chief Minister also reviewed the pace of dredging on river Jhelum and Flood Spill Channel. She directed completion of the works at the earliest.
Mehbooba Mufti was informed that more than 50 % of dredging has been completed on Jhelum river and the dry earth cutting on the Flood Spill Channel has also been achieved progressively. 2.50 kilometre long bunds have been constructed on the channel besides plugging other breaches, she was informed.
Chief Secretary, B. B. Vyas; Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal; Secretary, PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Saurabh Bhagat; senior officers; Chief Engineers of several wings and other officers were also present in the meeting.


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Govt committed to revive pristine glory of water bodies: Div Com

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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 19: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, today said that government is committed to revive the pristine glory of water bodies in Kashmir valley.

The Divisional Commissioner said this while taking stock of revival measures for Wular Lake, Hokersar and Kreentchoo-Chandhara wet lands at a meeting here.

He directed WUCMA to conduct a survey with Wildlife and Revenue authorities in peripheral areas of the Wular Lake for identification of encroached spots.

 

For Hokersar and Kreentchoo-Chandhara wet lands, Deputy Commissioners of Srinagar, Budgam and Pulwama districts were directed to prepare a complete demarcation and encroachment report of the wetlands within 20 days.

It was said that concerned Deputy Commissioners will conduct an outer tour of the water bodies along with officers, Panchayats and Municipal Committees and propose a separate land fill site for dumping solid waste on scientific lines.

The Divisional Commissioner directed Deputy Commissioners to involve local Panchayats for safeguarding and conservation of water bodies.

Additional Commissioner Kashmir, Chief Wildlife Warden, Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar and other concerned officers were present in the meeting where as Deputy Commissioners of Bandipora, Budgam and Pulwama participated in the meeting through video conferencing.

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Govt inaugurates 15 power projects in Jammu & Kashmir

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Union Power Minister RK Singh and Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik have jointly inaugurated 15 power projects and laid the foundation stone for 20 others worth 10,000 crore rupees in the state. Addressing a function in Srinagar, Power Minister said, the government is working to ensure 24 hours electricity supply to all the citizens of the country, including in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. He said, the power supply in this winter will be much better than in the past.

Speaking on the occasion, Governor Satya Pal Malik said  development works in Jammu and Kashmir will prompt People of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to revolt against Islamabad and join India.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Jitendra Singh has said that the transition of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh to Union Territories will be smooth. He said, any arrangement or mechanism which evolves will be in the best interest of all the stakeholders. Dr Jitendra Singh was addressing the Annual Conference of Chief Secretaries and Principal Secretaries of all States in New Delhi yesterday.

 
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How can PSA be slapped against Farooq Abdullah: Hasnain Masoodi

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How can PSA or Public Safety Act be slapped against National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah who has been in public life for 50 years, someone who has been an MP, and a three time Chief Minister, asks National Conference MP Justice Hasnain Masoodi in an interview with IANS.

“Dr Abdullah has put forth the Kashmir case for India before the international fora. Can he be a risk to the public order and security of the state? Nobody will agree to this,” Justice Masoodi said.

Justice Hasnain Masoodi and his fellow National Conference MP Akbar Lone, who held a meeting with Dr Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah last week said that Farooq Abdullah is not keeping good health, while Omar Abdullah is in good spirits.

“Dr Farooq Abdullah has some health issues. On August 3, there were some concerns about his health. His health may not be worse as compared to the first week of August, but he is not keeping good health. Omar Abdullah is in good spirits,” Justice Hasnain Masoodi said.

Justice Hasnain Masoodi said that the revocation of Article 370 is neither in favour of the state nor the country.

“The scrapping of this Article will widen the gulf between Kashmir and the rest of the country,” Masoodi said.

He said there has been no significant improvement in the situation in Kashmir since August 5, when the article was scrapped and this is drawing international attention.

“Things are the same in Kashmir, though some public transport is plying, mobile phone service continue to remain blocked. There is an information blockade. Landlines have been opened up, but because of the shift to the digital world, most people have disconnected their landlines,” Justice Masoodi said.

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