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  • Anti-encroachment drive to continue until all encroached State land in the district is retrieved: DC

SRINAGAR: Continuing its anti-encroachment drive against illegal land grabbers in the district, the Srinagar district administration Saturday retrieved State land from illegal occupation by land grabbers at Panzinara and Batamaloo here. The drive, during which 1.2 kanals at Sir Syed Abad Batamaloo and 15 marlas at Panzinara Shalteng were retrieved from illegal encroachers, was conducted by enforcement wings of Srinagar Municipal Corporation and Revenue Department under the instructions of Deputy Commissioner Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah. It was undertaken in response to public complaints registered with the DC Office.


SP East, SDM East, Tehsildar Central and other officials from Revenue Department and SMC were part of the enforcement wings undertaking the anti-encroachment drive. Speaking about it, the Deputy Commissioner said anti-encroachment drives will be undertaken in all areas of the district to retrieve all State and kahcharie lands encroached in the district. He said involvement in land encroachment will be dealt with firmly as per the law. Dr. Shah also urged the general public to bring into the notice of Revenue officers or the DC Office any instances or attempts of encroachment on the State or Common land in the district.

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  • All concerned sectoral departments prepared to deal with all eventualities

SRINAGAR: In view of the inclement weather forecast, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Saturday convened a meeting with heads of different departments to review the preparedness to deal with inclement weather situation in the district. Senior officers from Mechanical Engineering, Public Works, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, PDD, Irrigation and Flood Control, PHE, Fire and Emergency Services and UEED attended the meeting.


SE Mechanical Engineering informed the meeting that the department remains geared up throughout the period between November 15 and March 15, adding that 23 snowplows, including 13 for daytime snowing, remain placed on standby under the department’s contingency plan for the district. Giving details of its preparedness for dealing with the inclement weather situation that might arise, Joint Commissioner SMC informed that the department has some 3800 men it mobilizes for snow clearance on pedestrian lanes across the Srinagar city, adding that 22 JCB machines, including 2 skid-steers, remain available to deal with exigencies.


The DC directed for ensuring that snow clearance machines are positioned at all critical spots and that these must be pressed into service as soon as snow starts to accumulate. He stressed on prioritizing snow-clearance from roads leading to important installations in the district. The SE R&B was asked to work in close coordination with the SMC as long as the weather situation lasts.

Dr Shah said water-logging as a result of snowfall or rains throws a major challenge in the district and that the concerned departments must be well-prepared to deal with it. He instructed for ensuring quick draining-out of water-logged areas including all interior roads and lanes. The meeting was informed that all of 80 dewatering stations and 115 mobile pumping stations in the Srinagar city are operational and that all concerned personnel have been sensitized. JD F&ES said the department has also kept some of its pool of fire tenders and portable fire pumps available for water-logging exigencies in case there is a need.


Seeking details of stock position of essential commodities in the district, the DC was informed that the department has enough stocks available, including fuel for about a month and rice for about two months. SE PDD informed the meeting that the department has a well-prepared contingency plan to deal with outages in the district. The DC stressed on earliest replacement of damaged infrastructure wherever required.


The DC directed all to be in a state of preparedness and responsive to any crisis thrown up by the inclement weather, instructing that all departments must strictly follow the standard operation procedure. The meeting was further informed that all the departments have established control rooms for the general public to report their concerns.

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  • Inaugurates State Sambo championship

JAMMU: Speaker, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Kavinder Gupta today kick started cleanliness drive at Government Hospital, Gandhi Nagar organized by Sant Nirankari Charitable Foundation (SNCF). Speaking on the occasion, the Speaker stressed on the need for realizing the importance of cleanliness in day-to-day life and said that every citizen of the country should act with a sense of realization and responsibility towards the society.


The Speaker lauded the efforts of Sant Nirankari Charitable Foundation towards the service of humanity in the fields of education, blood donation, cleanliness, plantation, empowerment of youth and women etc. and the appreciation and recognition it has earned in the country and abroad. MLC, Vikram Randhawa, Medical Superintendent, Dr. A.D.S Manhas, Zonal in-charge SNCF, Ajit Singh and large number of devotes of SNCF were present on the occasion.


Later, the Speaker also inaugurated State Sambo Championship organized by Sambo Association, J&K at MA Indoor Stadium, Jammu in which about 1,300 students from the state participated under the sub-junior, junior and senior category. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that such events provide a platform to the children to show their talent and skill and help young buds to channelize their energy in a positive way.


General Secretary, Press Club, Zorwar Singh, General Secretary, Sambo Association J&K, Rohit Sadhotra and other officials of Association were also present on the occasion. Later, the Speaker also visited Cantonment Board, Jammu where he chaired a meeting with Board members to discuss different issues of the cantonment. The encroachment along defense boundary of the Cantonment, Grants of DA to Cantonment Board employees and replacement of the board were discussed in the meeting. The Speaker assured the Board members that their genuine issues would be addressed as sooner as possible by the state government.