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Union Joint Secy reviews progress of Jal Shakti Abhiyaan, other related activities at Bandipora

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BANDIPORA: Union Joint Secretary and Additional Financial Advisor, Ministry of Defence, Amitabh Ranjan Sinha who is Central Nodal officer for District Bandipora today visited Bandipora district and chaired a meeting to review the progress of Jal Shakti Abhiyaan and also took stock of various ongoing works in the district.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Dr Owais Ahmed; ADDC Bandipora, Mohammad Ashraf Hakak; JD Planning and other concerned officers from PHE, Forest, RDD and other concerned departments.

Speaking on the occasion, the Union Joint Secretary said that this visit was aimed at reviewing the progress of Jal Shakti Abhiyaan which was launched to ensure water sustainability in an effective and coordinated manner. He said a lot of efforts are utilized to implement Jal Shakti Abhiyaan successfully.

The Joint Secretary added that the District administration is working very hard to implement the scheme on the ground level. He also appreciated the efforts of the District Administration to achieve 82 per cent of the target for Amrit Sarovar’s works.

Meanwhile, the Union Joint Secretary also reviewed the status of the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra in the district.

On the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Bandipora informed the chair that the Yatra continues across the district with much enthusiasm and fervour amid huge public participation.

The Deputy Commissioner also informed the Joint Secretary about various activities carried out under Jal Shakti Abhiyan. He apprised the Joint Secretary that out of a total of 47358 rural households in Bandipora, 37890 households have been provided tap connections, and the rest shall also be connected through JJM soon.

Dr Owais said that, under JJM 222, works stand sanctioned, out of which work has already commenced on 212 works, while 32 works have already been completed so far. He said that work on the rest of the schemes is at full pace, and most of them are near completion.

The Deputy Commissioner also highlighted the activities carried out in the district by various departments under Jal Shakti Abhiyaan.

The DC informed that an area of 4.35 square kilometres of critically silted-up areas of Wular Lake was restored successfully thereby restoring the ecosystem and fishing activities as a source of livelihood for the locals living on banks of the lack.

Earlier, Amitabh Ranjan Sinha also took an extensive field tour of Bandipora district to inspect various ongoing and completed works.

During the field tour, he visited various sites, including JJM works at Shivat and Wular Conservation works at Wular Vintage Park Bandipora.

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