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UDHAMPUR:  The arrangements for the smooth celebration of Diwali in Udhampur district  were discussed  at a meeting of District Officers of various departments and representatives of Beopar Mandal and Chamber of Industries and commerce, held under the chairmanship of  Additional Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur, Gurvinderjeet Singh here at Conference Hall DC Office Complex Udhampur.

Detailed discussions were held on the related arrangements like installation of cracker stalls, security, Maintenance of law and order, traffic regulation, drinking water and power supply, sanitation, Medicare, checking of rates and quality of eatables and deployment of fire tenders. It was given out in the meeting that the venue for the sale of crackers has been specified at Subhash Stadium, Udhampur the ADC asked the shopkeepers of the town not to sell crackers at their establishments except the already identified venue. He asked the PHE and PDD to ensure adequate drinking water and uninterrupted power supply especially at the venue of stalls where people in large number would visit for purchasing crackers and fireworks.

The Executive Officer, Municipality would ensure cleansing of venue of cracker stalls and entire town. The Health Department would ensure first-aid facility and Fire Services to deploy fire tenders to meet any eventuality. The meeting also decided that a joint team of officers of Food Civil Supplies and Public Distribution, Health, Municipality, Legal Meteorology  and Revenue departments   would conduct frequent checks in the narkets to keep a check on the rates and quality of products especially sweets and fruit items. He directed the fire and emergency services Department to keep the fire tenders ready to meet any eventuality at venue site. He instructed the traffic authority to prepare a comprehensive traffic plans for smooth flow of traffic in the city.

He said that special squads would keep strict vigil on the quality and rates of eatables during the festive days and in case of sub-standard quality or over charging comes in the notice, heavy fines would be imposed. The meeting was attended by IAS Probationer Santosh Sukhdev, Assistant Commissioner Revenue Sonu Pargal, District Information Officer Er. Sajad Bashir Somberia, Chief Medical Officer Dr.K.C Dogra, Executive Engineer PDD, Rajinder Gupta, DSP Hq Zahid Wani and other district officers of various departments besides representatives of various trade unions of the district.

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  • Reviews arrangements for upcoming Urs, pace of ongoing works; inspects cable car operations

SRINAGAR: Advisor to the Governor, Mr. Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, today paid obeisance at the shrine of Hamza Makhdoom Kashmiri, popularly known as Makhdoom Sahib and also reviewed the arrangements being made for the upcoming Urs next month. On the occasion, Ganai, who is also the Chairman of J&K Wakf Board, prayed for peace and prosperity of the State and wellbeing of the people.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), J&K Wakf Board, Mr. Bashir Ahmad Dar and Managing Director, J&K Cable Car Corporation, Mr. Shamim Ahmad Wani, along with the engineering staff of the Cable Car Corporation were present on the occasion. The Advisor went around the Shrine premises and took a briefing from CEO Wakf Board about the arrangements being made for the Urs in the first week of November during which the devotees throng the holy premises from all parts of the State in large numbers for night-long prayers. He was also briefed about the ongoing works aimed at improving the facilities for the devotees including construction of washrooms and lavatories.

Stressing upon completion of infrastructure-related works in a time-bound manner, Ganai issued on-spot directions for beautification and landscaping of the Shrine premises. He also asked CEO Wakf Board to ensure uninterrupted power and water supply during the Urs days. The Commissioner SMC was also directed to ensure regular cleanliness drives to keep the premises clean.   

Later, the Advisor visited the under-construction Bibi Haleema Nursing College at Kathi Darwaza. He was informed that the first phase of building has been completed at a cost of Rs. 2.00 crore. Around Rs. 5.62 crore shall be spent during the second phase at an estimated cost of Rs. 5.62 crore to complete the project. Once complete, the three-floor building will become functional with an intake capacity of 250 seats.

The Advisor also inspected the Makhdoom Sahib Ropeway and directed MD Cable Car to accord top priority to extending hassle-free gondola service to the devotees. He also issued instructions on regular maintenance of the Cable Car and adherence to all Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) and safety norms during the operation of the Ropeway.

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SRINAGAR: According to Haj Officer, State Haj Committee, J&K, Srinagar, the Haj Aspirants of 2019, who have filled up online application forms have been directed to submit the hardcopy of their Haj Application Form in the respective Districts by or before the last date the 17th November 2018. The forms shall be accompanied with Photocopy of the International Passport, Undertaking on the devised format, Cancelled Bank Cheque / Bank Statement and the Bank Slip of Processing Fee. It is reiterated that the Cover Numbers cannot be generated unless the Hardcopies of their Haj Application Forms are received within the stipulated time period.