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JAMMU: Minister for Social Welfare, Forest, Ecology and Environment, Bali Bhagat today dedicated two fountain parks at lower and upper Roop Nagar to the people, developed by the Jammu Municipal Corporation at a cost of Rs. 12.50 lakh each. While speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that need of the hour was to sensitize the new generation about the importance of environment, adding that saving environment and protection of forests and wildlife has been prioritized by the present Government. The development of the parks is also a step in this direction.

 

He said that drive launched by the department against forest land encroachers was showing good and encouraging results. He said the department with the active support and cooperation of the people has succeeded in fencing the critical areas in Jammu. He said forests are the assets of people and they must guard this valuable wealth.

 

Appreciating the efforts of JMC, the Minister called upon the Commissioner JMC to undertake the plantation of flowers while making further developmental plans for the parks. He said that the parks will provide an alternative to morning walkers, who only rely on roads. He asked the municipal authorities to take measures for future upkeep of the parks.

 

The Mohalla Welfare Committee, Roopnagar put forth various demands including sanction for special connection of water for the maintenance of parks and fountain, engagement of Mali, installation of  lights for EWS Colony, repair of lights, engagement of Safai Karamcharis, engagement of permanent forest guard for Roopnagar Janipur Forest, etc.  The Minister assured that all their genuine demands would be addressed in a phased manner. 

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JAMMU: Announcing that there is no change in Artificial Lake project and it will be completed soon, Minister of PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control Choudhary Sukhnandan Kumar said that an unnecessary controversy has been created in Jammu by leaders of Congress and NC, who are in deep frustration as they are now out of power. Choudhary Sukhnandan Kumar, while addressing media persons at BJP headquarters on Sunday, said that the project which was designed, approved  and taken into hand by the previous NC-Congress coalition government, was started in a hasty manner without completing the allied works prior to starting the construction of main pillars. He said that NC and Congress leaders are now creating confusions to divert the attention of the people of Jammu from the wrong doings of their government in River Tawi’s Artificial lake project.

 

Referring to his recent meeting with the Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti over the Lakes and Irrigation projects, Sukhnanadan Kumar said that the Union Government is very much keen in completing Tawi River’s project at the earliest as it will also serve to be a source of irrigation through Ranbir Canal besides becoming tourist destination in City of Temples.  700 cusec of water for irrigation of tail end areas of R.S. Pura, Bishnah, Suchetgarh etc will be available from this lake, he said.

 

The PHE Minister said that there is no question of shelving this prestigious project adding that already an amount of Rs 55 crores has been spent and more than 85 % work has been completed but unfortunately the allied work which was to be completed prior to starting the pillars erecting, has resulted into tilting of few pillars. He said that the project is feasible but it will take some time and additional funds to complete the allied works of constructing concrete embankments. He said that it is due to this reason that question was raised over its feasibility, for which none other than the previous NC-Congress coalition is responsible. He also advised the frustrated former Ministers of NC and Congress to desist from provoking the people of Jammu for their own faults in the past.

 

The PHE Minister also said that the problem of irregular supply of drinking water is being taken seriously and all efforts are being made to provide relief to the people, appealing the people to make judicious use of the available water. BJP State Spokesperson Balbir Ram Rattan and State Publicity Secretary Aseem Gupta were also present in the Press Conference.

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  • Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

 

 

RAJOURI: District administration Rajouri today carried out an intensive cleanliness drive across the town as a part of 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'. The campaign commenced with road walk from DC office complex and culminated at Malik Market during which general awareness about cleanliness was spread among the masses. Flagging off the cleanliness drive from DC office complex, the MLA Rajouri Ch Qammar Hussain stressed on the need to adopt the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi in day to day life .He said that Gandhi ji accorded great importance to hygiene and sanitation   and wanted to Indian society inculcate  the habit of cleanliness. He   emphasized on the need to understand that each individual is responsible to keep the environment clean and should not keep on waiting to others to start.

 

While speaking on the occasion, MLC Vibodh Gupta said that this unique initiative of PM Narendra  Modi, the Swach Bharat  Abhiyan aims to create mass awareness and inculcate lasting behavioural changes of maintaining hygiene among the people. He said that every citizen should contribute towards this social cause.   

 

Deputy Commissioner, Deepti Uppal exhorted upon the people to avoid defecation in the open and maintain high degree of health and personal hygiene.   She said that the dream of making Rajouri and the country ‘open defecation’  free will remain a distant dream until and unless people inculcate in them civic sense. She sought everyone's cooperation in making Rajouri a clean district.  She asked all stake holders to shoulder the responsibility for successful implementation of Swach Bharat during week long sanitation campaign.  She impressed upon the officers to launch the sanitation in their respective offices and at set an example in this regard.

 

Later, Legislators, DDC along with officers make the general public aware about how to dispose off their solid waste regularly and asked them to make it a habit in future to keep their vicinity clean. ADDC Veer jee Hangloo, ACR,Paramjeet Singh, Add. SP Tejinder Singh,Cultural Officer, Alamdar Adam , EO Manzoor Lone , prominent citizens, students and others also participated in the cleanliness drive