KATHUA, JUNE 02: The Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh, today reiterated the resolve of the present dispensation to ensure better infrastructural facilities in every nook and corner of the State with special focus on improving road connectivity in the rural and far flung areas.
Dr Singh said this while launching blacktopping work of 4 kilometer long road from Mangloor to Jakhole in Billawar constituency to be executed by Public Works (R&B) Department with an estimated cost of Rs 1.10 crore benefitting a number of villages which was a long pending demand of locals.
He directed the executing agency to meet all the specifications while executing the macadamizing work on the Mangloor-Jakhole road.
Later, the Deputy Chief Minister alongwith the Minister for Public Health and Engineering (PHE), Irrigation and Flood Control, Sham Lal Choudhary inaugurated Water Supply Scheme (WSS) at Katli in Billawar under NRDWP at an estimated cost of Rs 1.98 crore. The WSS is aimed at improving/augmenting water supply scenario in the constituency by creating assets in the shape of Tube Wells, Water Tanks etc. The scheme will benefit 5000 souls of village Soukhal, Katli, Mohra Dhar, Prangoli, Pucca Kotha and Mohalla Kanater.
Addressing people at Katli, the DYCM called for early completion of incomplete water supply schemes through comprehensive planning and exhorted upon the officers of PHE and PDD Departments to work in tandem for better results on the ground.
He said that in the past 2 years an amount of Rs 4 crore has been dedicatedly spent on augmenting PDD infra and half of the CDF amount is earmarked for augmenting PHE infra so that local populace can get basic amenities of Water and Electricity supply uninterruptedly. He further assured the villagers that their demand of Dispensary and Veterinary Hospital will be taken care of besides restoring defunct Hand Pumps on priority.
In his address, Minister Sham Lal said that the present dispensation is committed to provide drinking water to every house of the State. He also informed that a project costing Rs 65 crore to augment and improve the PHE infra of Kathua is on anvil. He announced 30 Hand Pumps for Billawar to mitigate the scarcity of drinking water at far flung areas along with new and stand by machinery. He further added that Shahpur Kandi project will prove to be a game-changer in irrigating barren lands of Kathua and the Government is concerned for its early initiation.
Various public deputations also met the DYCM at village Mangloor and apprised him of their demands related to Dispensary, Veterinary Hospital, Hand Pumps, Transformers in low voltage area and Tube Well for Mangloor Panchayat.
The Deputy Chief Minister gave a patient hearing to them and assured them that their problems will be resolved in shortest span of time with special attention on the issues of PHE and PDD.
He also said that several transformers of the area have been upgraded and said that new transformers will be installed in Kandi area. He further added that separate electricity line will be given to PHE Department so that their functioning can`t be affected and populace of the area gets regular PHE supply.
The Deputy Chief Minister also directed Tehsildar, Dinga Amb to organize a mega camps to highlight government sponsored welfare schemes asked him to devise a mechanism through which documents like Income Certificate can be issued on spot to beneficiaries of these schemes.
Among others, Chief Engineer PHE, Sushil Aima, Chief Engineer Irrigation, Rajiv Gandotra, XENs of concerned Departments, AEEs, Tehsildar and SDPO border were accompanying the Ministers during their visit.