JAMMU, Mar 26: DDC Chairman Jammu, Bharat Bhushan Bodhi today exhorted upon Jammu administration to expedite the development works and ensure 100 percent utilization of the Capex budget.
He also directed the concerned quarters to make concerted efforts for removing the bottlenecks hindering the development in the region. Bharat Bushan was chairing a review meeting of the UT Capex Budget here , today at PWD Guest House, Gandhi Nagar.
In the meeting, DC Jammu, Avny Lavasa, ADDC Jammu Ramesh Kumar, CPO Jammu, sectoral officers of all departments were present.
The meeting was informed that almost 90 per cent of development works under Capex Budget have been completed and rest of the work has been delayed on account of technical staff crunch.
Upon this, the DDC asked the DC Jammu to depute adequate number of JEs at block level to expedite the development works and ensure 100 percent utilization of Capex Budget in Jammu.
Taking department-wise review, the DDC Chairman expressed concern over the working of Jal Shakti Department. He said mere pipe laying and raising the distribution network will not address the issue of water shortage because first of all the Department should develop the source of water. He asked the concerned officials to focus on developing the sources of water so that pipes laid could be used for the supply.
He said that the funds which were earlier received from the Centre remained unutilized thus creating a gap between plans and execution. He said that the lacunae should be removed henceforth.
Laying stress on promoting religious tourism, the DDC Chairman asked the Tourism Department to focus on this aspect in Jammu region as there is plenty of scope for wooing the devotees to the pilgrimage destinations across the Jammu district like Shobha Mata, Budha Amarnath, Pandav Guffa, Mathwar and many more. He said that promoting tourism based on pilgrimage can help in booming the economy of the region, which is the need of the time. He also asked the Floriculture Department stakeholders to inspire farmers to go for flower farming as this has a lot of scope because already tons of flowers are being imported from other states and even abroad.
He also took up the matter of improper de-silting of the canals especially the small canal creating problems for the concerned farmers because the tail ends of these canals face dearth of water leaving the farming community high and dry.
Bharat Bhushan directed the concerned officials to expedite the construction of roads for providing connectivity in every nook and corner of the district. He also batted for constructing new school buildings where there is a requirement.