Lt Governor visits Poonch
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  • Meets various delegations, Public representatives to assess developmental needs
  • e- Inaugurates various development projects of public utility worth Rs. 32.07 cr
  • Lays foundation stones of projects worth Rs 24.98 cr
  • Rs. 30 lakh disbursed among each of the six NOKs of border shelling victims

 

JAMMU, JULY 25: Continuing the string of outreach program to assess the ground situation and to initiate developmental programmes as per the wishes of people, Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu today visited border district Poonch.

 

He was accompanied by, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Verma, Inspector General of Police Jammu  Mukesh Singh , Chief Engineers of different engineering wings  & HODs of various line departments.Among others who were present on the occasion were DDC Poonch Rahul Yadav , SSP Poonch Ramesh Angral and all district and sectoral officers.

During his visit, Lt Governor handed over cheques of Rs.5 lac each to the six NOKs of border shelling victims and distributed 13 Motorized tricycles to specially abled persons. He also laid foundation stone of synthetic Hockey turf at Model boys higher secondary school, Poonch and 135 meter span bridge with an estimated cost of            Rs. 24.98 cr, besides e-inaugurated various development projects of public utility worth Rs. 32.07 cr.

The Lt Governor interacted with almost a dozen delegations drawn from different quarters  and corners of this hilly border district which included several Ex-Legislators of the district including Sh. Jahangir Mir, Sh. Shah Mohammad Tantry, Sh. Pradeep Sharma, BDC chairpersons, President & Vice President of municipalities, border area residents, various traders associations, civil society  members from Poonch, Mandi, Mendhar  and  representatives of various political parties  to take first hand appraisal of  development scenario, needs and issues  of this hilly border district  besides reviewing the pace of  various development projects under execution.

 

Expressing their gratitude, the members of various delegations appreciated the historic macdamisation plan announced recently by the Lt Governor wherein 100% macadamisation of all roads in J&K including the 11,000 kms of fair-weather roads is to be carried out.

The members also put forth various issues and specially the problems being faced by the border residents who are dealing with unabated shelling from across the border on daily basis, besides up-gradation of primary health care facilities and power scenario, strengthening of road connectivity in the border areas.

Among others demands   delegations also sought government attention on tapping tourism potential by bringing this district on tourism map  besides opening of medical and professional colleges,  early completion of polytechnic college at Sathra, completion of Loran Tangamarg road  connecting Poonch with Kashmir valley, early  start of work on 50  MV solar project at Loran,bringing Mendhar town under municipal limit, special drive for  recruiting border’s  residents in defence forces , police and paramilitary forces, construction of more bunkers and a host of other issues.

The delegations also stressed on reviving of ancient  glory of Poonch town  by renovating historical buildings, development of alternate road ring road connecting outer periphery areas of Poonch city like police line to Battar Nala for decongestion traffic from main town Poonch.

While interacting in details with delegations, the Lt. Governor said that UT  government is committed for equitable developments of all the regions with special emphasis on hilly and far-off regions so that agenda for the welfare of most relegated sections of the society is realised. He assured the delegations that the infrastructural and manpower lacuna will be filled on mission mode with special focus on improving road connectivity, health infrastructure, power and drinking water. He also directed the district administration to ensure availability of requisite medical equipment like digital   X rays ,CT scan etc, besides gensets in all health institutions to ensure round the clock operation.

Lt Governor also directed the Deputy Commissioner to identify unutilized government land within the municipal limits and hand it over to respective municipalities for their development and revenue generations, besides identifying land for BDC offices.

The inaugurated development projects  included 140M ( 1109.90 lacs ) & 150M double lane  motorable bridges worth (532.92 lakh); one  at Mankote, Mendhar and another at Kulani, construction of  two  FJBs  25M ( 46.99 lacs) &28M(61.28 lacs) ;one over Suran river at Pharoo and another at Bagnuwali over the same river, another FJB at Chack Banola ( 74.16 lacs) over Chungan Nallah, upgradation of Harni BG road up to 7km (220.97 lacs), construction of road from Hathi Matha to Davi Mang,(278.00 lacs)  construction of CHCs buildings one  at Mendhar( 406.21 lacs)& another at Jhullas,  (30.00 lacs) water supply scheme Kotian Langiote,( 398.40 lacs) WSS Dum Harmutta ,      (39.60 lacs ) up-gradation of power transformer 1.6MVA to 3.15MVA at Jhullas,(8.10 lacs) .

The Lt Governor observed that UT government of J&K is putting earnest efforts in reaching out to the people of far-off and border areas to address their issues and grievances and to meet their development aspirations. He  emphasised on coverage of all household under Jal Jeevan Mission by providing safe  drinking  water  &  assured the locals that their others all development aspiration will be fulfilled in shortest possible time.

 

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