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Most of the Smart City works to be completed by 15th of this month: Officers to CS

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Takes stock of Sgr Smart City works

Srinagar: Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta today impressed upon the officers of the Srinagar Smart City Ltd (SSCL) including District and Divisional Administration to enhance necessary resources on all the sites where work is going on so that all identified works are completed by mid of this month.

The meeting was attended by the Principal Secretary, PDD; Principal Secretary, PWD; Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir; Secretary, Tourism; Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar; Commissioner, SMC/JMC; VC, LCMA; Chief Engineers of PWD and KPDCL besides other concerned officers.

Dr Mehta, while taking stock of works going on under SSCL,  exhorted upon the executing agencies to utilize the time very efficiently and continue working in double shifts to successfully complete the projects on time. He told them to see the weather reports for the upcoming week for making the best out of it. He even advised them to provide the labourers working on sites with the necessary facilities so that they are able to work during inclement weather conditions.

The Chief Secretary urged the executing agencies to monitor the works round the clock for quality work and their timely completion. He asked them to remove the debris at all the completed sites for ease of people and prepare for dedicating them to the public at the earliest.

Taking work wise review he asked the Divisional Administration to make sure that aesthetics is maintained in all areas.

The Chief Secretary also took note of works to be done at Rambagh, Flood spill Channel, Lalla Ded Crossing, Riverfront development, Cycle track construction, walkways improvement, Polo View, Gupkar Precinct, Ram Munshibagh Park, Development of Gupkar Road including that of works at Nishat and enroute SKICC. He asked them to complete all of these works before the 15th of this month. He also enquired about the status of works to be taken in hand at TRC and Parimpora market.

The Chief Secretary directed the concerned to make all the fountains including new ones functional in the Dal Lake. He also asked them to lit up the street lights along the Dal shoreline and make all the installed light clusters functional for the overall beautification of the area being the most visited place by tourists on a visit to the city.

He asked VC, and LCMA to start water sports activities at Dal Lake besides the installation of a jetty inside it. He also asked them to complete the designated works at ‘Char Chinar’ and ‘Panch Chinar’ for making them attractive for visitors. He told them that both these destinations have a good potential to attract visitors thereby offering more opportunities to Shikara wallas and other traders there.

Dr Mehta also asked Divisional Administration about the condition of the road up to Gulmarg and the status of work taken in hand there. He directed making all the arrangements beforehand and ensuring that tourists do not face any inconvenience there.

Dr Mehta also stressed on avoiding confusion in doing any of the work. He told them to make relevant officers responsible for their work so that each of them focuses on their assigned tasks and ensures their completion on time.

The Chief Secretary was informed that all the works are going on at a satisfactory pace and most of them would be completed by the 15th of this month. He was also informed that around 125 works are going on under this Smart City Mission here. It was revealed that out of Rs 321.40 Cr released to SSCL, the fund expenditure stands at more than 92% and immediately after receiving the next tranche of funds from the UTthe Corporation would receive more funds from the Central Government for taking up more works under the Mission adding better infrastructure and avenues to the summer capital of the UT.

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