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LG reviews progress on Jammu, Srinagar Smart City projects

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Directs speedy completion of projects by taking up multiple works simultaneously

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday chaired a high-level meeting here to review the progress being made on the Jammu and Srinagar Smart City projects, an official spokesperson said.

During the review meeting, Sinha asked the concerned functionaries to make a visible impact while working with high professionalism and clear vision, he said.

Laying special emphasis on accelerating the approval of the Detailed Project Reports (DPR) and tender allotment process, the LG directed chief executive officers of the Jammu Smart City Limited (JSCL) and the Srinagar Smart City Limited (SSCL) for constituting a technical committee for early vetting of DPRs of the projects.

Directions were also issued to reduce the completion time of projects by taking up multiple works simultaneously, the spokesperson said.

The LG called for putting dedicated focus on improving infrastructure and services, increasing mobility and enhancing the administrative efficiency, besides maintaining inter-departmental coordination to transform Jammu and Srinagar into modern and sustainable cities.

While reviewing the progress on installation of advertisement panels, Sinha observed that communication and feedback is the highest priority of administration and directed the officers for engaging in continuous communication with the public.

While reviewing the Smart Poles project under the Jammu Smart City Limited, he directed CEO JSCL for keeping a feature for expansion in scale of the project in the future.

The LG also reviewed the improvement of road network component of the Jammu Smart City projects and directed for completing the survey at the earliest, the spokesperson said.

He also asked the concerned officers to give due care and attention to reducing inconvenience to the public while executing the work.

For proper implementation of the Smart City projects, Sinha directed for creating in-house capacity for increasing efficiency, he said, adding that Sinha set project-wise timelines for completion of various projects.

CEO JSCL Sushma Chauhan and CEO SSCL Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary gave PowerPoint presentations giving details of status of various projects of JSCL and SSCL.

The LG also sought the present status and future course of action of various projects including Integrated Command & Control Centre (ICCC); upcoming ICCC integrations; smart urban mobility & Intelligent Traffic Management System; City beautification; efficient green initiatives; solid waste management; undergrounding of overhead utilities.

For proper implementation of Smart City projects, the LG directed for creating in-house capacity for increasing efficiency. He set project-wise timelines for completion of various projects

Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary gave a detailed overview of the number of completed and ongoing projects along with expected date of completion. It was informed that ICCC in Srinagar would be ready for soft live by 31 March.  Photos of Variable Message Displays (VMDs), Digital Libraries, Intelligent Traffic Management System, Junction improvements, beautification of Historic places, and development of footpaths, besides scores of completed and ongoing projects were also shown through PowerPoint presentation.

Keshav Varma, Chairman, Sabarmati River Front Development Corporation Ltd (SRFDCL) gave his suggestions for effectively implementing various aspects of Smart City projects.

BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Arun Kumar Mehta, Financial Commissioner, Finance Department; Dheeraj Gupta, Principal Secretary to the Government, Housing and Urban Development Department; Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the LG; Sanjeev Verma, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu;  M Raju, Commissioner/Secretary to the Government, Jal Shakti Department; Avny Lavasa, Commissioner, Jammu Municipal Corporation; Rahul Pandey, Director, Information and Public Relations;  Athar Aamir ul Shafi, Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation; Babila Rakwal, Vice-Chairperson, JDA, members of PMC; HoDs; Chief Engineers and other senior officers attended the meeting, in person and through virtual mode.

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