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SRINAGAR: Noisy scenes were witnessed in the Legislative Assembly on Friday after Opposition National Conference and congress staged a protest in assembly over the power crisis in Kashmir and staged a walkout.  During the question hour, MLA Budgam Aga Rahullah said the government has failed to ensure regular power supply to Kashmir. He said the Minister that your officers are not giving you proper information and adding that you should go to Kashmir and take the position on the ground.
 
They shouted slogans like “Bajli Do Kashmir ko “BJP ki Sarakr mai andhera he Andhera hai” “While the curtailment schedule issued by the PDD is ‘unjust’, people don’t even get electricity as per the curtailment schedule,” he said. As other opposition, as well as some ruling coalition MLAs, trained their guns on the PDD over power crisis in Kashmir, its minister in-charge Nirmal Singh said that Jammu also faces problem in summer and there are “some problems” in the transmission and distribution network.
 
He said the members are politicizing the crisis of power. The remarks triggered an angry reaction from the opposition members who accused the government of being “incompetent” and “inefficient.” In the meantime, opposition MLAs Majid Larmi, Ishfaq Jabbar and Altaf Wani stormed into the ‘well’ to protest against unscheduled power cuts in Kashmir. “The speaker is not allowing us to speak on the issue (of power crisis),” they said, and entire opposition staged a walkout. 

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  • Hepatitis–B outbreak in Marwah-Dachan

JAMMU: Minister for Health & Medical Education Bali Bhagat today informed the house that sufficient arrangement have been put in place to  perform medical examination regarding Hepatitis–B in Marwah-Dachan areas of Kishtwar. Minister informed the house that he has directed the Director Health Services Kashmir to visit Anantnag district hospital to monitor and review arrangements in this regard. He said adequate arrangements have been put in place in Anantnag district Hospitals for treatment and examination of persons with the symptoms of the disease.

 

Earlier legislator Firdous Ahmad Tak urged the government to depute a special team of doctors from Jammu to examine and treat the people in the affected areas. He also appealed the government to keep Helicopter service available for the patients to ferry them to Jammu in case they need specialized treatment. Pertinently, the Chairman had yesterday asked the Government to make a statement in the House regarding the outbreak of Hepatitis-B in remote Dachhan-Marwah areas of district Kishtwar.

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JAMMU:  Minister of State for PHE, I&FC Mir Zahoor Ahmad today informed the House that the vital Rs 1.44 cr Water Supply Scheme Amshipora, being developed to overcome the shortage of potable water in kandi belt of Shopian, is likely to be completed in 2019-20. He said that presently there is shortage of drinking water in the Kandi belt of Keller Block and upper reaches of Block Shopian due to prevailing dry spell. Besides, the areas like Devpora, Amshipora have low service level and intermittent supply due to source depletion.

 

The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Zaffar Iqbal Manhas in which he drew the attention of the government towards  ‘ the situation that has arisen due to shortage of drinking water in entire Kandi belt of Block Keller in district Shopian and upper reaches of Shopian Block with special reference to Dev Pora, Dachana, Chak Sed Pora, Amshi Pora, Reshnagri and Sedow’.  

The Minister said that to augment the water supply to Amshipora, a new WSS Amshipora-Shamshipora is under execution under NRDW   and the village Amshipora will get adequate water supply after completion of the scheme which is likely to be completed in the year 2019-20, subject to availability of funds.  He said that with regard to village Devpora and Shadab Karewa, the same is being fed through WSS Gattipora- Dachnoo which is a closed scheme. 

 

The Minister said that to redress the grievances of water shortage in Shahdab Kareewa and Devpora area, the department has formulated a detailed project report costing Rs.14.00 crore, for which source of funding is being identified. He said the villages such as upper Saidpora, Reshnagri, Sedow and Dachinoo are getting adequate water supply at present, while as  the village Kathowhallan is being fed through WSS Naidkhore Katho whallan from SR ( Service Reservoir) at Kathowhallan, with spring as source, after proper chlorination. 

 

The Minister said that old existing pipe network feeding villages Gatipora, Nasserpora and Zraken has already outlived its design period with the result pipe lines have got deteriorated at some places. He said to overcome the problem, the Department has already taken up new schemes WSS Mujpathri, WSS Nasserpora & WSS Zarken under NRDWP which, after completion, will improve the Service level to these villages. He said presently, the drinking water is being supplied to the above villages through piped system with proper chlorination and every precaution is being taken to ensure that no contaminants enter the system.

 

Giving details of the Physical and financial status of ongoing schemes in question,  the Minister said that WSS Amshipora-Shamshipora has been taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 1.44 crore of which 54.78 lakh stands expended, WSS Mujpathri has been taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 3.27 crore of which Rs 92.70 lakh stands incurred, WSS Zarkan has been taken up at a cost of Rs 3.34 crore of which Rs 59.69 lakh has been expended and WSS Nasserpora has been taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 286.00 lacs of which Rs 60.84 lacs have   been expended.