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Reviews mega infrastructural projects of Kashmir division; directs for regular monitoring of all projects to ensure timely execution

SRINAGAR: In order to give a boost to infrastructural development in Kashmir Division, the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today took a comprehensive review of various Mega Projects being undertaken under several Central Schemes and other projects in a meeting held at the Civil Secretariat. He also reviewed a host of upcoming developmental projects in the region.

During the meeting, the Lieutenant Governor was briefed by officers about the  pace and progress of ongoing development projects executed by Health, RDD, PWD, Jal Shakti, PDD, Agriculture/ Horticulture, and other departments in Kashmir Division, an official spokesman said here today.

Stressing on the need to strengthen medical infrastructure in the region, the Lt Governor directed for speedy execution of work on major projects of Health & Medical Education Department in Kashmir including AIIMS Awantipora; Government Medical College, Anantnag; Government  Medical College, Baramulla; Unani Hospital Nawabagh Ganderbal; Additional Block of Lal-Ded Maternity Hospital in Srinagar; construction of  120 Bedded Additional Hospital Block at The Bone & Joint  Hospital  Barzulla and; 200 Bedded Maternity-Children Hospital Bemina-Srinagar, said the spokesman.

He said that while reviewing the status of development of transit accommodation for migrant employees in Kashmir division, the Lt Governor issued explicit directions to officers for expediting the same.

The Lt Governor also took serious note of the unwarranted delay in the execution of development projects being taken up by NPCC, especially the Bakshi Stadium under PMDP and directed the Administrative Secretary, Youth Services and Sports Department to take on-spot review to solve all the impending issues and expedite the project on priority, said the spokesman.

The Lt Governor also reviewed the progress of Saffron Park at Dussu, Pampore; construction of Government of Degree College, Singapora Pattan; Government College of Engineering & Technology at Safapora; Semi Ring Road, Z-Morh tunnel; NH-444 (Srinagar-Shopian Qazigund Road) of which 40.00 km of the total 85.72 km has been completed; mega projects under execution in Kashmir Province by  JKPCC including 148 meter Span Watalbagh Basipora Bridge Ganderbal; 188 meters span Shariefabad Bridge Srinagar; Construction of 3×42 Meter PSC Grider Double Lane Bridge at Noorjahan, Qamarwari; besides, construction of 4 Mega Strom Water Drainage Projects with the cumulative cost of 133 crores by JKERA in Srinagar City.

Taking a strong note of the unwarranted delays in the completion of some projects, the Lt Governor directed the concerned officers to ensure that projects do not remain languishing unnecessarily and regular reviews are conducted to remove bottlenecks and expedite progress, the official spokesman said, adding, he also directed officers for coming up with a formal policy to incentivize the timely completion of projects.

The Lt Governor also called for expediting the dredging and de-silting activities and efficient utilization of funds allocated vis-à-vis Wular Lake.

He exhorted upon officers to furnish regular status reports to the government on regular intervals depicting the work done adding that it will facilitate proper monitoring and filling up gaps and remove bottlenecks, if any, said the spokesman.

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