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Bhatnagar reviews developmental scenario of district Kupwara

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KUPWARA: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar today remarked that the present LG’s Administration has a sole objective to serve the public of J&K, adding that the officers and field functionaries need to take a personal interest and intervention to accomplish the target of works assigned to them.

The Advisor, who is on a two-day tour of the Kupwara district, said this while chairing a meeting of the senior officers of the district administration to review the developmental scenario of the district at the DC office complex here.

Addressing the officers, Advisor Bhatnagar said that LG Administration is aware of the fact that district Kupwara has been always giving its support in nation-building, and as such the prosperity and development of this district is always in the thoughts of the Lieutenant Governor. He said that the district has got the status of an Aspirational District and as such, it is receiving a good flow of funds.

The Advisor said that it is imperative for all officers and field functionaries to work with commitment and dedication and make themselves accountable to the public. He highlighted that the LG Administration believes in equitable development and always works on policies to provide the same opportunities to the people living in urban as well as rural areas.

Asserting the officers to maintain close contact with people and involve them in the development of the district, Advisor Bhatnagar said that the LG’s Administration is committed to providing 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.

During the meeting, Advisor 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 the 120 km road length have 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 the last financial year.

While reviewing the major infrastructural projects, the Advisor was informed that work is apace 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.

The Advisor 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 the Medical College at Handwara costing Rs.255 crore and 4 lane Baramulla-Kupwara-Chowkibla-Chamkote road with a 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 the completion of the projects within the stipulated timeframe with all quality parameters.

The Advisor directed the engineers of R&B to ensure the construction of roads with proper drainage to increase the life span 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.

Reviewing the Rural Development, the 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.

While reviewing the functioning of the Education, Health, Agriculture, and Sheep/Animal Husbandry departments, the Advisor asked the officers to expedite the process on all ongoing projects and dedicate these for public use at the earliest.

Assessing the effects of the outbreak of Lumpy Skin Disease in the 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. 

The meeting among others was attended by Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Doifode Sagar Dattatray; SSP Kupwara, SP Handwara, ADC Kupwara/ Handwara, SEs, District Officers, Executive Engineers, and other concerned officers.


…interacts with DDC, BDC members, PRI representatives

KUPWARA, SEPTEMBER 03: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, 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.

While interacting with the public representatives, Advisor 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 the fore while as, 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, DDC Kupwara highlighted various demands pertaining to the whole district including the completion of the Lolab-Bandipora road, and the development of tourism destinations, among others before the Advisor.

While deliberating on several issues and concerns raised by the public representatives, Advisor Bhatnagar assured them that all of their genuine issues and problems will be redressed on a priority basis.

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