Bhatnagar reviews developmental scenario of Kupwara

KUPWARA: Advisor to J&K Lieutenant Governor Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar on Saturday said that the present administration has a sole objective to serve the public of J&K.
He said that the officers and field functionaries need to take personal interest and intervention to accomplish the target of works assigned to them.
The advisor said this on his first day of his tour to Kupwara district.
While chairing a meeting of the senior officers of district administration to review the developmental scenario of the district at DC office complex he said that the administration led by J&K LG was aware of the fact that district Kupwara has been always giving its support in nation building.
“As such the prosperity and development for this district was always in the thoughts of Lieutenant Governor,” he said, adding that the district has got the status of aspirational district and it was receiving good flow of funds.
The Advisor impressed upon the officers and field functionaries to work with commitment and dedication and make themselves accountable to the public.
He highlighted that the present LG’s administration believes in equitable development and always works on the policies to provide the same opportunities to the people living in urban as well as rural areas.
Bhatnagar said that the LG’s administration was committed to provide accountable and transparent Governance to the people of J&K and has zero tolerance towards corruption.
The advisor further asked the officers to tap the tourism potential of the district as it has vast scope for amplifying the Tourism sector.
He also asked them to tap the potential of other sectors like Agriculture and Horticulture among others for boosting the developmental needs of the district.
Bhatnagar had a detailed sector wise review of all the ongoing developmental and welfare activities of the district.
Deputy Commissioner Kupwara briefed the advisor about the development profile of the district through a detailed presentation.
The Advisor was informed that the District has a CAPEX Budget of Rs.1598.53 crore for the current financial year out of which Rs.141.58 crore has been released.
He was informed that 120 km road length has been blacktopped against the target of 237 kms during the current financial year so far by R&B, PMGSY and BEACON. 248 km road length has been blacktopped during last financial year.
The advisor was informed that work is space on District Hospital Handwara costing Rs.46.45 crore, 50 Bedded Ayush Hospital at Kulangam costing Rs.7.32 crore, Residential School for Gujjar & Bakerwal students at Kupwara costing Rs.2.50 crore and District Court Complex Kupwara costing Rs.12.57 crore.
He was informed that the district has got two ambitious projects which can change the developmental scenario of the district when completed by way of better medical facilities and road connectivity.
These projects include Medical College at Handwara costing Rs.255 crore and 4 lane Baramulla-Kupwara-Chowkibal-Chamkote road with proposed cost of Rs.2370 crores.
The advisor also reviewed the progress of construction of New Degree College Vilgam costing Rs.10.15 crore, Polytechnic College Karihama costing Rs.19.35 crore. He also reviewed the progress of ongoing Languishing Projects of PMGSY, Power and other departments and asked officers and executing agencies to accelerate the developmental tempo and ensure completion of the projects within the stipulated time frame with all quality parameters.
Advisor directed the engineers of R&B to ensure construction of roads with proper drainage to increase the lifespan of the roads constructed.
He directed SE PDD to improve and augment the power scenario in the district so that people do not face any inconvenience during the upcoming winter season.
Advisor was informed that 25608 soakage pits have been approved for the current financial year besides 231 Amrit Sarovars have been completed out of 338 taken in hand so far.
Assessing the effects of outbreak of Lumpy Skin Disease in district, Advisor Bhatnagar enquired from Chief Animal Husbandry Officer about the vaccination of animals and asked him to provide supplementary nutrition to the animals recovering from the disease.
Later, the advisor held a detailed interaction with DDC members, BDC chairpersons and other PRI representatives of the Kupwara district.
DC Kupwara, SSP Kupwara, SP Handwara and other officers were also present during the interaction.
Bhatnagar said that the present LG’s Administration has strengthened the Panchayati Raj system across J&K and the people from grass root level are being given the opportunity to participate in the developmental process of Jammu and Kashmir.
He further said that district Kupwara is the focus of LG’s administration, adding that various good things have come to fore while there is scope to do much more in the district for the welfare and prosperity of the people living in the district.
During the interaction, Vice Chairman DDC Kupwara highlighted various demands pertaining to the whole district including completion of Lolab-Bandipora road, development of tourism destinations, among others before the Advisor.
Bhatnagar assured them that all of their genuine issues and problems will be redressed on priority basis.

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