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JAMMU: Divisional Fund Office, Jammu (J&K Funds Organization) in collaboration with department of Floriculture and department of Social Forestry, organised a plantation drive at the Finance Complex at Muthi Jammu. Various varieties of plants such as Ashoka, Nerium, Bottle Brush, Hibiscus, Cassia, Tecoma etc. along with Chinar trees saplings were planted. Director Floriculture, Jammu, Babila Rakwal,   was the Chief Guest and   Divisional Forest Officer, Social Forestry, Division Jammu Neha Mehta was the Guest of Honour on the occasion.

Joint Director, Funds Organization, Bharti Sambyal, appreciated the efforts of department of Floriculture,   and department of Social Forestry   for extending cooperation for the plantation drive and urged staff members to adopt one sapling each and nurture it till it becomes a tree.  The Chief Accounts Officer, District Fund Office Jammu, Treasury Officer, Addl. Treasury, Talab Tillo Jammu, Accounts Officer, Audit & Inspections along with officers and staff members of various wings of Finance department housed in the Finance Complex, Muthi, Jammu participated in the plantation drive with great enthusiasm.

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SRINAGAR: Governor N.N. Vohra took an extensive tour of Dal lake to assess the progress achieved in the ongoing cleaning operations, particularly removal of Lily patches, macrophyte de-weeding and sewage control. He was accompanied by Sh. B.B. Vyas, Advisor to Governor; Sh. KB Agarwal FC, Housing and Urban Development Department; Sh. Baseer Khan, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; and Dr. A.H. Shah, VC LAWDA.

Governor was apprised that 600-700 skilled labours have been engaged in the operation  for Lily extraction and, so far, 81,461 cubic metres of lily pads have been removed. Besides, 300-350 semi skilled labours are engaged in de-wedding/skimming activities on daily basis and so for 49,825 cubic metres of weeds have been removed. On being informed that LAWDA has pressed into service three weed harvesters and two skimmers also to carry out the de-weeding operations mechanically, Governor directed Dr. Shah, VC LAWDA, to deploy the machines in double shift for speeding up work by ensuring adequate incentivising of the machine operators.

Governor directed that the operation may be intensified in order to achieve tangible results and, in the first instance, the area between SKICC to NPL Bund should be cleared from Lily infestation in a time bound manner. He also directed that the tenders for hiring of Lake cleaning machines should be finalized within  7 days, so that the hired machines are pressed into service immediately for improving the progress of de-weeding/Lily extraction.

Governor took serious exception to the manner in which the enforcement of the Lake Authority has been functioning and called for immediate strengthening and revamping of the Wing. Governor ordered a number of measures to check the flow of sewage into the world famous water body and directed Sh. KB Agarwal FC, Housing and Urban Development Department, to formulate separate sanitation proposals for the House Boats anchored to the shoreline and those moored in the open water expanse.  

Governor directed that all the House boats should be put on notice to install holding tanks/bio digesters immediately in order to ensure that the untreated sewage does not get discharged into the Lake directly. It was also decided that the Lakes Authority will prepare a daily bulletin to apprise the Raj Bhavan regarding the progress achieved, manually as well as mechanically, to ensure daily monitoring of the cleaning efforts. Governor has decided to take the next review of de-weeding/ Lily extraction operations after 10 days.

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  • Over 160 kanals state land, 2 kanals JDA land retrieved

JAMMU: District Administration Jammu intensified its anti encroachment drive by removing illegal structures at different places on the National Highway including Narwal Bala, Majeen, Sidhra,Dwara, Sitni and other areas here today. Led by Deputy Commissioner, Ramesh Kumar, the anti-encroachment teams comprised of Additional Deputy Commissioner Arun Manhas,Superintendent of Police, Vinay Kumar, Superintendent of Police Rural, Dushyant Sharma ,ACR Nisar Ahmed Shad, , representatives of NHAI, SHO, Tehsildar and Naib Tehsildars, conducted a special drive from6:00 am onwards for removal of encroachments in shape of temporary/permanent structures, Ramps, Tin Sheds, Sheds, Signages, Hoardings etc. from Narwal to Sidhra along the National Highway.

A total of 3 teams have been deployed at different locations including Bhatindi Morh, Sidhra (Bajalta Morh Jammu Byepass) and Nagrota Byepass.  During the drive, more than 250 illegal temporary/permanent structures including 27 pacca structures, 150 ramps and 70 boundary walls were removed by the District Administration alongside National Highway from Narwal Bala to Nagrota. In this drive, the District Administration operated heavy men and machinery including 7 JCBs, 2 dumpers alongwith tractor and 65 labourers.

During its crusade against illegal encroachers of the State land and land grabbers, a total of 10 kanals of prime state land along the NH at Dwara was also retrieved by the District Administration. Meanwhile, illegal structures constructed over 2 kanals of prime JDA land including 3 pacca shops were demolished at Sitni along NH. After the demolition drive, the Khilafwarzi wing of JDA was called on the spot and the retrieved land was fenced by the said department.

In another major anti encroachment drive, a team comprised of Tehsildar Jammu North, SDPO Domana and I/C Police post Chinore, headed by SDM North Mohammad Alyas Khan, giving a major setback to the land grabbers who were trying to develop an illegal residential colony, retrieved over 150 kanals of prime state land at village Thathar wherein 24 pacca plinths and 4 illegal structures were demolished. The DC again warned the illegal encroachers, particularly along the highways, to desist from such type of practices failing which stern action will be initiated in addition to demolition of illegal structures and retrieval of land.