To have first-hand appraisal of the developmental scenario and ensure on-spot redressal of public grievances, Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar accompanied by Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam today conducted extensive tour of south Kashmir districts of Kulgam, Shopian, Anantnag and Pulwama.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, ADGP Law and Order Muneer Ahmad Khan and IGP Kashmir S P Pani accompanied them.
At Kulgam, the Advisor was received by Deputy Commissioner Dr Shamim Ahmad where he interacted with the local people to know about their issues and demands. During the interaction, deputations from Khudwani, Qaimoo, Frisal, Demidulla, Havoora, Wanpora and other villages put forth their demands for redressal.
Locals of Khudwani demanded for establishment of health centre an protection bund near graveyard. A deputation of Qaimoo village requested for establishment of Degree College, up-gradation of girl’s high school, establishment of Mini Secretariat &MunsifCourt at Qaimoo, delegation from Frisal village demanded for establishment of Niabat, immediate start of work on approved degree college in Frisal and others.
The Advisor gave patient hearing to the deputations and assured them that their genuine demands will be looked into. He also passed on spot directions for redressal of various grievances and directed the officers to maintain close liaison with the local population for timely redressal of people’s issues.
On the occasion, Chief Secretary announced Rs 40 crore for augmentation of water supply schemes in the district.
At Shopian, K Vijay Kumar chaired a meeting to review the progress on implementation of key flagship programmes and schemes.
DDC Shopian Dr Owais Ahmed gave a comprehensive overview of the ongoing developmental projects under various sectors.
The Advisor directed the concerned executing agencies to complete the works under developmental schemes on top priority basis including constriction of Fruit Mandi at Shopian, District Hospital, Polytechnic College, Mini Secretariat Complex, Trenz-Sheikhpora Bridge, Reshnagri Bridge, Bijbehara-Shopian Road, Aglar-Shopian Road and other projects including Gujjar & Bakerwal Hostel, macdamization of main and inner roads.
Later the Advisor met delegations of different areas of the district who apprised him of their concerns and demands.
K Vijay Kumar after giving patient hearing to the issues raised which includes macdamization of roads, protection of Irrigation Kuls, opening of Fire & Emergency Services centre, flood protection works, play fields, revenue complex at Zainapora, upgradation of High and Higher Secondary Schools etc.
The Advisor informed the people that the work on macadamization of roads will be completed by June 2019 and the work on water supply schemes would be completed by March 2019. He also assured the people that free electricity connections will be provided to the needy masses under Saubhagya scheme.
He directed all the Deputy Commissioners to monitor the ongoing developmental projects and conduct daily public durbars at tehsil, block levels.
At Anantnag, Advisoralong with Chief Secretary, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, ADGP and IGP Kashmir held a public durbar which was attended by large number of people hailing from Jablipora, Awarwani, Subhanpora, Hassanpora, Sangam, Sethar, Naiyana, Halmullah, Gundinasir, Loktipora&Ziripora. Besides, members of Auqaf Committee of Sangam and Youth Club of Ziripara also met with the Advisor along with their demands.
The demands raised by the representatives of these villages were regarding completion of water supply scheme, macdamization of inners roads, construction of lift irrigation scheme, dredging of nullahs, renovation of school buildings, deployment of medical staff at health facilities, construction of protection bunds on the banks of Veshoo nallah, release of pending 2014 flood relief, development of playfields and release of PMAY installments.
Similarly, the representative of Laktipora called for completion of hospital building, concrete walling of lift irrigation canal of Luktipora, macadamization of PMGSY road, construction of protection bunds, supply of drinking water and construction of flood protection gauge for Luktipora.
Youth Club of Ziripara raised the demands regarding construction of Sub District Hospital for which foundation stone has been laid by former CM, dredging of river Jhelum from Khanabal to Bijbehara, construction of separate Grid Station for Bijbehara, construction of new building for Municipal Committee Bijbehara, filtration plant at Bijbehara, removal of encroachments at Zirpara, marriage hall at Zirpara.
The Advisor offered a patient hearing to the demands of the people and assured them for proper action and redressal after due deliberations with concerned authorities in due course of time.
Chief Secretary while addressing the people said that the pending projects executed in the district will be completed by March 2019. He said that 58 bridges which were still under construction mode will be completed by April2019. All the PHE and PDD works will be completed by July2019 to enable 24X7 Power and adequate water supply in the district.
DC Anantnag, Mohammad Younis Malik, Chief Engineer R&B, ADDC, ADC & other senior officers of the district administration were present on the occasion.
At the last leg of his tour, the Advisor visited district Pulwama where several public deputations apprised him about their issue and demands pertaining to the development of their respective areas.
Traders Federation Pulwama demanded construction of maternity hospital at Pulwama town for which 60 kanals of land is available at Sirnoo, release of pending payment for works at fruit mandi Pulwama, renovation of roads and beautification of Pulwama town.
The delegations from Achgoza, Bamnoo, Kakapora, Awantipora, Pampore, Khrew, Gangoo, Wuyan, Chandigam, Tahab, Achan, Abhama, Rajpora, Gusoo and Barsoo demanded improved road connectivity, establishment of degree college, upgradation of schools, playgrounds, establishment of grid stations, macdamization of roads, up-gradation of health centers in these areas.
Meanwhile, a delegation of industrialists from IGC Lassipora demanded revival of sick industries, development of IGC center and availability of medical facility for unit holders in the center.
The Advisor listened to the demands, issues patiently and assured for their resolution in timely manner. He said that all ongoing works in the districts would be completed in given time frame. He suggested the people to approach the district administration with their issues and grievances for their early redressal.
Chief Secretary also assured the people about the overall development of the district and said that Pulwama is leading in every sector particularly in Industrial, Agriculture, Horticulture and ASH sector but still lot more needs to be done. He said that focused attention needs to be accorded to complete the ongoing works in given time frame.
District Commissioner Pulwama, Ghulam Mohammad Dar along with his team of officers were also present in the public durbar.