Div Com inspects progress on tourism projects at Sudhmahadev, Mantalai

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Aug 9: Divisional Commissioner, Jammu Sanjeev Verma along with District Development Commissioner, Udhampur Ravinder Kumar today inspected progress on tourism projects at Sudhmahadev and   Mantalai.
The twin places of religious and historical importance are being projected as major attraction for the tourists visiting Jammu and Kashmir.
The Div Com also reviewed the achievements registered under agriculture and allied sector schemes in the area.
He took detailed review of the progress on tourism, infrastructural projects besides flagship schemes of Agriculture and Horticulture including promotion of cluster organic farming and indigenous practices being adopted by the farming community of Sudhmahadev – Mantalai  areas for their economic and social empowerment.
The Div Com inspected ongoing construction on International Yoga Centre Mantalai and instructed the concerned agencies for its timely completion. He asked Agriculture Department to explore the possibility of developing Potato farm, Apple orchards, Walnut orchards and other fruit orchards on State land.
Later, the Divisional Commissioner chaired a meeting of District/ Sectoral officers of line departments and reviewed the functioning of these departments.
The meeting stressed on widening of Chenani Sudhmahadev road and adopting multi pronged strategy to further streamline the working of executing agencies and other connected departments for time bound completion of projects aimed at promotion of tourism in the area.
The Div Com emphasized upon the officers and executing agencies to speed up the pace of work on all developmental and tourism projects   to ensure their timeline completion.  He   directed the district administration to remove bottleneck, if any to avoid delay and cost escalation of the projects.
During the review meeting, the Div.Com directed the officers to work with full dedication and accountability. He   asked them to resolve the grievances of the common masses in a time bound manner and also organize awareness camps and workshops at block levels to enable maximum farmers to avail the benefits of schemes.
He also asked the concerned to ensure availability of seeds, fertilizers, pesticides and other inputs for the farmers.
The Divisional Commissioner also interacted with members of Umeed Self Help Group, NGOs, Sudhmahadev Vegetable Producer Company Ltd and appreciated their work. He gave a patient hearing to their demands and assured early redress.
Div Com asked the DDC to identify land for establishment of Mandi to provide market to local agriculture produce and also identify suitable place for shops on National Highway where local producers can sell their packed products.
Verma stressed upon the officers to ensure effective implementation of Government sponsored schemes meant for socio-economic transformation of farmer’s community. “This will help in achieving the target of doubling the income of farmers by 2022”, he asserted.
Meanwhile, several deputations from Latti, Sudhmahadev, Bupp and other panchayats called on Div Com and projected their demands. The Div Com gave patient hearing and assured early resolution of the same.