Advisor Kumar discusses border development issues with DCs, SSPs

Advisor K Vijay Kumar chairing a meeting on Monday.
Advisor K Vijay Kumar chairing a meeting on Monday.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 17: Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar today chaired a meeting of the Deputy Commissioners and SSPs of the border districts of the State to discuss the issue of development of border areas.
IGP Jammu Dr S D Singh Jamwal was present in the meeting while as DCs and SSPs of Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Rajouri, Poonch of Jammu division and Bandipore, Baramulla, Kupwara of Kashmir division attended the meeting through video conferencing.
During the meeting, the Advisor discussed in detail the border developmental issues district wise and sought details of the works that are being carried out for the benefit of the people living there.
He sought the status of construction of community type/individual bunkers along the border in their respective districts along with details of other works that are being projected by the border people.
The DCs informed the Advisor about the number of bunkers that have been approved for their districts, other important developmental issues including better road connectivity and tele-communication services, up-gradation of health institutions, requirement of bullet proof bunkers, ambulances for safe evacuation of people during ceasefire violation incidents, construction of Border Bhawans, fast execution of developmental works and others.
K Vijay Kumar stressed on resolving the issues of border people and bringing issues in the notice of the Government which needs immediate attention for their resolution. He said that all ongoing developmental works should be completed in a given time frame for which strong monitoring and supervision is required.
While discussing the border security with the district police heads, the Advisor was briefed about the present situation and the efforts that have been undertaken to ensure effective people evacuation plan during the time of emergency. They also highlighted few important issues with regard to further equipping of the Border Police Posts, providing bullet proof bunkers, establishing VDCs etc.
The Advisor asked them to maintain strong coordination with other security agencies and regularly hold meetings to review the security situation in their districts.
Meanwhile, to discuss progress on prestigious Jambu Zoo Project being developed by the Forest Department at Khanpur area and to resolve the issues for its early completion, Advisor, K Vijay Kumar chaired a meeting of the officers of Forest and other concerned department.
Commissioner Secretary Forest, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, PCCF J&K Suresh Chugh, Secretary Tourism Rigzin Sampheal, CCF Jammu Sameer Bharti, Director Soil & Water Conservation P K Singh, Special Secretary Technical Forests K Ramesh, Regional Wildlife Warden Tariq Shawl, Director Finance Forest R S Bali, Director Planning Forest, Wildlife Warden Jambu Zoo and other concerned officers attended the meeting.
During the meeting, a brief background of the project was given by the Wildlife Warden Jambu Zoo along with the details of works done and other activities that are going on in the area. It was informed that the project has been approved at the cost of Rs 121 crore and the works is being taken up in a phased manner.
Addressing the officers, the Advisor asked for marking every activity with timeline and to ensure effective monitoring, supervision of all ongoing works. He also asked to plan a strategy to engage the visiting people at the Zoo by establishing entertainment points including cafeterias, recreational areas especially for the children.
He also asked for conducting a visitor study by some professional agency in a smart way to get an idea of what kind of facilities the visitors are looking at the Jambu Zoo. Adding other attractive activities in the Zoo area would surely help the visitors enjoy their trip, he added.
Advisor Kumar also asked for consulting experts dealing with wildlife and providing inputs for developing the Zoo on modern lines so that it would become one of the best wildlife park in the country.