RAJOURI, Dec 7: Minister for Forests, Ecology and Environment Choudhary Lal Singh and Member Parliament Jugal Kishore Sharma today laid foundation stone of Forest Guest House near Mangla Mata in Nowshera to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 50 lakh by Forest Department.
MLA Ravinder Raina, MLC Surinder Choudhary, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Ravi Kesar, Chief Conservator of Forests Farooq Gillani, Managing Director SFC Suresh Gupta, Director Soil Water and Conservation Javed Iqbal Punju, Director Forest Protection Force Asif Mehmood Sagar, Director SFRI B M Sharma and other concerned senior officers accompanied the Minister.
After laying the foundation stone for Forest Guest House, Choudhary Lal Singh said that the Government is making all efforts to provide basic amenities to the pilgrims near Mangla Mata in Bhawani village. He informed that Government has released Rs 28 lakh out of total project cost of Rs 50 lakh for commencing the construction work of the Forest Guest House. He directed the executing agency to gear up their men and machinery for completing the work within stipulated time frame.
Responding to the demands of locals, Minister announced Rs 50 lakh for upgradation of basic amenities in the Bhawani village near Mangla Mata. He further informed that Government has earmarked Rs 1 crore for construction of Nowshera bye-pass road, adding that work of the road is under progress and would be completed within prescribed time.
Choudhary Lal Singh asked MD SFC to dump two truck timber of different kind of wood in Bhawani village so that the locals could purchase the same on Government rates.
The Minister said that Government has prepared a comprehensive plan to beautify every barren and roadside strip. He emphasized the importance of trees and plants and mentioned that trees are best friends of mankind as they serve in a variety of ways to every creature on planet earth.
Member Parliament Jugal Kishore Sharma announced Rs 10 lakh for upgradation of lanes, drains and improvement of drinking water facilities in Bhawani village. MLC Surinder Choudhary also announced Rs 10 lakh for development works in Nowshera.
Speaking on the occasion, MLA Ravinder Raina said that Nowshera constituency would be developed with all modern line basic amenities like adequate drinking water, un-interrupted power supply, road connectivity, health, education besides better lanes and drains. He said Central Government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched various centrally sponsored schemes for upgrading the socio-economic condition of the weaker sections of the society particularly in far-off areas of the State.
For construction of Sher Makkdi-Junger road, he asked the concerned department to prepare DPR and submit the same for funding so that the construction work of the road would be started for the convenience of the general public.
On the demand of locals of the Bhawani village, MLA announced Rs 11 lakh for basic amenities at Mangla Mata.
Later, the Minister along with other dignitaries kick started works for construction of 11.075 kilometer long Bhawani-Dharal road, to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 14.14 crore by Border Road Organisation (BRO) and Dharal-Bhajwal road, to be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 11.19 crore by R&B Department. He asked the executing agencies to complete both the roads by January 2019 for the convenience of the people.