Governor reviews development schemes in Pulwama

* Announces Rs 3.5 cr additionality, Rs 2 cr for Special Development Plan
Excelsior Correspondent
PULWAMA, Aug 20: Governor N N Vohra visited Pulwama district today to review   the implementation of development works. He was accompanied by B.B. Vyas, Advisor to Governor, and Baseer Khan, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir.
Governor had extensive discussions with the elected representatives of the district, Mohammad Khalil Band, MLA Pulwama, Zahoor Ahmad Mir, MLA Pampore, and MLA Tral Mushtaq Ahmad Shah and sought their views on developmental problems in the district. Issues relating to youth engagement, Education, Health, Water Supply and local Industry were among the matters discussed at length.
All the Legislators expressed strong interest in the forthcoming polls to Municipalities and Panchayats. Governor urged them to enlarge awareness about the vital importance of establishing grassroot level democratically elected self-going institutions in the urban and rural areas.
Later, Governor chaired a meeting with Divisional and District Officers to review the implementation of development activities in the District. G M Dar, Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, informed that 74 Schemes under different Programmes in the district are targeted for completion at an estimated cost of Rs 325.32 crores and the National Saffron Mission, at an estimated cost of Rs. 400 crores, is under execution for the cultivation of high quality saffron.
Governor directed the Director General Economics and Statistics to urgently undertake an inclusive District Gross Domestic Product Study (DGDP) of Pulwama District and its employment linkages and potentials so that Pulwama’s best practices could be replicated in other districts.
While reviewing the Health sector, Governor appreciated the creation of Digital Emergency Response System at District Hospital Pulwama. Based on colour coding with full electronic interface, this platform has been successful in saving 42 out of 47 critical care patients during the last one year. Governor directed DGHS Kashmir to replicate this system in other districts of the State, particularly the remote districts of Doda and Kishtwar.
In addition to the Special Development Plan of Rs two crore, Governor directed release of Rs one crore for  the urgent completion of Bus Stand Pulwama, Rs one crore for completion of Mini Secretariat at Tral with Rs 50 lakh for immediate revival of the defunct Filtration Plants in the district. Further, an untied grant of Rs one crore was given in favour of DDC Pulwama.
Taking a serious note of unauthorised brick kilns in the district, Governor directed the Divisional Commissioner to take time bound action in the matter and to also ensure that no encroachment along the National highway is allowed to take place.
Meanwhile, Governor undertook an extensive tour of Downtown Srinagar and visited various places, including Hazratbal, Jamia Masjid, Naqashband Sahib and Dastgeer Sahib.
During his visit to the historical old city, Governor reviewed the pace of developmental works underway at various locations and also took stock of preparation for Eid-ul-Adha, particularly at different shrines and mosques where major congregations are expected.
Wherever he halted, Governor was met by groups of civil society members and business elements who informed him of their varied concerns and requirements, including the infrastructural shortages at the shrines. Governor gave patient hearings to all who met him and assured that all their genuine concerns will be addressed in a time bound manner.
Responding to this long-pending demands of the local Managing Committee at the Jamia Masjid, Governor assured the establishment of a Fire & Emergency Services Station at Nowhatta. He also directed the early completion of renovation work of the historical Naqashband Sahib mosque and assured that the remaining project works in regard to Naqashband Sahib and Dastgeer Sahib Shrines will be taken to conclusion, and the required funds will be made available. He also assured that the balance funding for the Community Centre at Jamia Masjid will be arranged soon.
Governor instructed the concerned agencies for speeding up the PMDP-funded work at Hazratbal Shrine and to ensure appropriate arrangements for the general public who would be visiting the Shrine in very large numbers.
Advisor BB Vyas;  Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan; IGP Kashmir, SP Pani;  Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Syed Abid Rasheed Shah; SSP Srinagar, Chief Engineers PWD and PHE, MD JKPCC, and other concerned officers accompanied the Governor on his visit to the historical city.