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Jhelum Riverfront project to open new avenues for tourism, make Srinagar city more vibrant: LG

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Takes on-spot assessment of development, beautification of Jhelum river

Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Monday visited the iconic Zero Bridge and took on-spot assessment of development and beautification of Jhelum River on the lines of Sabarmati Riverfront.

“Jhelum river reflects the culture and history of the valley. It is important to ensure scientific execution of work keeping in view the aesthetic value of the river, besides taking the ecology factor into consideration,” the LG told the officials.

According to an official press release, the LG said once completed, the project will open up new avenues for tourism sector, thus making Srinagar city more vibrant.

During his visit, the LG enquired about the mechanism being laid down for the development of upcoming attractions and facilities to be made available to the visitors.

He also took stock of the works being executed under different components of the project including the development of pathways along Jhelum revetment, public utilities, embankment along riverbank, parks, wi-fi zones and illumination work, the press release said.

It said the LG passed specific directions to the concerned officers for completion of the project within the set timelines without any delay.

On being informed that the project is being executed in convergence of various departments, the LG directed for maintaining proper inter-departmental coordination, adopting best practices, and applying the learning gained from the experts for getting desired results on ground.

It was informed that in the first phase, 2 km stretch from Zero Bridge to Amira Kadal will be developed by the month of September.

Officials of Irrigation & Flood Control, and Floriculture departments also briefed the LG about the roadmap prepared by their respective departments.

Keshav Varma, Chairman, Sabarmati River Front Development Corporation Ltd (SRFDCL) is sharing his expertise for the development of Jhelum River, the press release said.

Pertinently, the UT government is giving impetus to the speedy completion of all the other important water projects. Tawi Riverfront has also gained momentum now and experts were roped in for the execution of this prestigious project.

Dheeraj Gupta, Principal Secretary H&UDD; Pandurang K. Pole, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Mohammad Aijaz, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, and concerned officers accompanied the LG.

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