CM tours Jammu city, inspects key dev projects

  • State, Published on: Friday 18th November 16 - 10:15pm

Delays not to be countenanced, stresses on in-time completion of projects

Jammu: Giving categorical instructions that delays in the completion of developmental projects in the State won’t be countenanced, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today asked the officers and executing agencies to complete all the ongoing projects within the time schedule and avoid the overrun of cost and time.
Reviewing on the spot the pace of work on several key developmental projects during her tour of the Jammu city, the Chief Minister impressed upon the officers to work in synergy with each other to remove any difficulties coming in the way of progress of works. She regretted that much of the time for developmental activities, particularly in Kashmir, got wasted and directed the officers to make up for the lost time.
Mehbooba Mufti advised the officers and project executing agencies to explore the possibility of starting works simultaneously on different components of a project to avoid time loss. In this connection, she suggested starting landscaping works at sites where civil or any major works have been completed or are nearing completion. She also asked for immediate plantation at these sites to enhance the aesthetic appeal and in view of the approaching plantation season.
Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh also accompanied the Chief Minister during the tour.
The Chief Minister visited the proposed City Chowk parking project and took on the spot appraisal of the works being carried out. She was informed that work on the project is apace and the facility is likely to be completed by early next year. She enquired about the relocation of some nearby utilities and asked for expediting the same.
Mehbooba Mufti also visited the multitier parking project at Bus Stand Jammu where she was briefed about the status by Divisional Commissioner, Dr Pawan Kotwal and other senior officers. She was informed that the Rs 201 crore project would have first three floors reserved for parking of around 1300 vehicles and 1700 two wheelers while as the fourth and fifth floor would have commercial activity centres like restaurants, shops etc. for the attraction and facilitation of commuters and tourists.
The Chief Minister asked the engineers and officers to expedite the work on the project so that it is thrown open to public within the notified deadline. She also directed landscaping of the spot so that it becomes aesthetically pleasing and attracts more and people in view of the centrality of the project.
Mehbooba Mufti visited the Rs 77.50 crore flyover coming up at Bikram Chowk and took stock of its completion. Directing its timely completion, she stressed on undertaking landscaping and plantation of land patches on the two sides of the flyover. She also directed the concerned agencies to sort out all the issues with each other regarding the project completion and not let it get delayed.
At the artificial lake being developed at River Tawi, the Chief Minister was informed that the gates are ready and the project would also be completed by early next year. She was informed that protection works on one side of the river have been completed and on the other side would be taken up by December first week.
At the upcoming Nikki Tawi bridge, Mehbooba Mufti was informed that the seven span bridge being built with latest construction technology would be ready by March next year. Four spans have been laid and rest three would be laid in coming months, she was told by officials at the site.
The bridge is being constructed to connect the 25 villages which were cut off from the main city in the floods of last year.
The Chief Minister inspected the Jammu airport expansion site and enquired about the status of the project. She was informed that the process of transfer of land and utilities is in the advanced stage after which the Airport Authority of India would start its works. She was informed that after the expansion the area of the airport would spread to 30, 000 square feet with 3000 passengers per hour capacity.
Mehbooba Mufti later visited the site of proposed 200 bedded maternity hospital at Gandhi Nagar where she was briefed by Minister for Health & Medical education, Bali Bhagat about the status of the project.
Being built as one of the associated hospitals of Government Medical College, Jammu, the Rs. 50 crore project is expected to be ready by June, 2017.
The Chief Minister also visited the ambitious cable car project in the city and inspected the works there. She was informed that the civil works at the project would be completed by July 2017 and the project would be completed by early 2018. She was informed that the RCC works at the site are almost done and approach road to the cable car station is also being constructed. Similarly, works on Peerkho side are also on, the Chief Minister was informed.
The project is expected to cost Rs. 61.92 crore with a Rs. 32 crore electro-mechanical component. It would have a revolving restaurant at Mahamaya and once completed give the city life a new dimension.
The Chief Minister also visited the Panchayat Bhavan at Railhead where she was received by Minister for Rural Development & Law, Abdul Haq. She went round different units of the Bhavan and appreciated the tastefully done renovations and asked for its proper usage.
MLA East Jammu, Rajesh Gupta, Division Commissioner Jammu, Dr. Pawn Kotwal, Commissioner-Secretary, R&B, Rohit Kansal, Secretary, PHE, Sanjeev Verma, IGP, Jammu Zone, Dinesh Rana, MD, JK PCC, Dileep Thusoo and other senior officers accompanied the Chief Minister during the visit.