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  • Paid surprise visit to coaching centers, also visits fire victims at Lalbazar

SRINAGAR: Srinagar Municipality Corporation (SMC) Deputy Mayor Srinagar, Sheikh Mohammad Imran on Wednesday reviewed the situation of Srinagar city areas after a snowfall. He also visited fire victims at Lalbazar. Deputy Mayor was accompanied by senior corporators and officials from SMC and visited many areas including city centre Lal Chowk, Hawal, Lal Bazar, Residency Road, Shaheed Gung, Karanagar, Batamaloo, and other areas to check the snow clearance arrangements.

He directed SMC employees to clear snow from roads, lanes, and shrines in the entire city. "SMC had adequate men and machinery have been active for snow clearance operations in the city, he said adding that SMC has established control rooms for the convenience of the general public." Imran also visited Lalbazar fire victims and expressed solidarity and sympathies with the families. He assured the compensation and possible help from the district administration.

Imran urged authorities to provide them immediate relief and rehabilitation on the fast track basis. He directed the food department, concerned Patwari for compensation report, and speedy compensation for the victims. He also spoke to divisional administration for financial help through Red Cross. “We will make every possible effort for the compensation, relief, and rehabilitation for these victims. In a statement to Valley Media Service, Deputy Mayor was accompanied with Corporators and some officials from Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC).

Deputy Mayor also paid a surprise visit to coaching centers in Hyderpora for not following the guidelines mentioned in their contracts. They are continuing violating the norms but they have assured rectification of those issues, Imran said. “Classrooms at coaching centers should have 50 students with heating & 9sqm space for each student with proper mic system,” Imran said.

They have only one gas heater with domestic connection for more than 240 students with full blast public address system,” he said adding that these things will not be tolerated in future. He said the coaching center lanes have become advertisement colonies at Hyderpora; in future SMC will paint the walls to curb this illegal menace.

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  • ‘90 % Border Bunker project likely to complete by ending June

JAMMU: Advisor to Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma today directed for timely completion of the prestigious Tawi Barrage project. The Advisor was speaking at a review meeting convened to discuss the status of the Tawi Barrage project coming up at an estimated cost of   Rs 110 cr. Secretary, PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Farooq Ahmed Shah, Chief Engineer, PHE and other senior officers were present in the meeting.

The Advisor directed for close coordination among the executing agencies so that the project which is aimed at beautifying the landscape of Jammu city is completed without further delay. He said that regular review meetings will be convened to assess the pace of work and early removal of bottlenecks, if any. The meeting was informed that the pending work on the project would be started soon and necessary directions have been passed to expedite the work on the project for its early commissioning.

Mr. Farooq Ahmad Shah while highlighting its importance stressed on adherence to the deadline for the completion of the project so that further cost escalation can be arrested. He said that the artificial lake on the Tawi was expected to provide 120 cusecs of irrigation water, which would be supplemented to the Ranbir Canal during peak requirement, besides emerging  as a vital tourist  attraction in Jammu city.

The meeting was told that around 80 percent work on Jammu city's prestigious beautification project across river Tawi is completed so far and the Tawi Barrage project, which is popularly known as artificial lake, is likely to be completed within the revised scheduled time i.e by May 2019. It was also decided that expert advice would be taken from IIT Roorkee so that the project is completed within the specified technical specifications and taking care of other related aspects.

It would be pertinent to mention that the meeting has been taken after the visit of the Advisor to the Tawi Barrage project site recently. Later, the Advisor chaired a meeting regarding construction of Bunkers   in the Border areas of Jammu division like Rajouri, Poonch, Samba, Kathua and Nowshera   under taken at an estimated cost of Rs 500 cr. The meeting was attended by Development Commissioner, Works, SEs of Rajouri, Jammu and other senior officers of R&B department.

The meeting was told that around 891 individual bunkers have been constructed  in the border districts so far. Similarly, 60 community bunkers also stand completed. It was also given out that an amount of Rs 50 cr has so far been received from the Central Government. The meeting was further informed that 90 percent of the border bunker project would be completed by ending June, 2019.

The Advisor, while directing for early completion of the project, said that necessary measures should be taken for speeding up of the construction of the border bunkers which are very important for the people living in the border areas for providing them the necessary shelter during the shelling.

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  • Chairs maiden meeting of Committee for determining actual number  

JAMMU: Principal Secretary, Planning Development & Monitoring Department, Rohit Kansal today chaired the maiden meeting  of the Committee constituted for determining the actual number of PDL, TDL, Casual and DRWs engaged in the PDD, PHE and I&FC departments. The Principal Secretary sought details regarding the submission of bio-data format provided to seek details of causal employees engaged by these departments.

The Principal Secretary was informed that the exercise of data collection is under process and would be completed soon. The Principal Secretary asked the concerned departments to submit the thoroughly verified data before January 25, 2019, so that the process of formulating a road map for these workers is formulated.

He directed the concerned officers for sensitizing all divisions regarding the process of collecting details of casual employees so that the data is generated as per the set format already provided to them. He asked the concerned officers to work in close coordination to make haste-free and timely collection of data possible without any further delay. The meeting was attended by Secretary PHE Farooq Ahmad Shah, I&FC, Director Finance PDD and various other officers administrative officers.