CS for timely completion of sewerage projects in Jammu, Srinagar

* Reviews progress of work on Jammu-Akhnoor NH

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 23: Chief Secretary, B B Vyas, today chaired a meeting of the State Level High Power Steering Committee (SHPSC) on Sewerage Projects approved under erstwhile JNNURM here.
Financial Commissioner, Housing and Urban Development Department, K B Agarwal, Chief Engineer UEED, Commissioner Jammu Municipal Corporation, Joint Director (P&S) H&UDD, General Managers of NBCC Ltd besides other senior officers of concerned departments attended the meeting.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Abid Rasheed and Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation participated in the meeting through video-conferencing.
It was informed that the Sewerage Projects for Srinagar and Jammu were sanctioned by the Centre at the cost of Rs 132.92 crore and Rs 129.23 crore respectively for integrated development of infrastructure services in the cities. Besides, Rs 108.85 crore have been released for Srinagar, out of these Rs 96.70 crore have been utilized whereas for Jammu, Rs 66.06 crore have been utilized against the release of Rs 70.21 crore by ending March 2018.
The meeting was informed that Comprehensive Sewerage Plan for Greater Srinagar including 60 MLD Capacity STP, trunk sewer lines, lateral sewer lines and house connections would be completed by the end of this year while as the comprehensive Sewerage Scheme for Greater Jammu including 27 MLD capacity STP and trunk sewer lines have been completed while as the work on lateral sewer lines would be completed by the end of this year and house connections would be installed by the end of October, 2019.
Taking serious note of the inordinate delay in tendering of work for pumping stations of sewerage projects in twin capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar, the Chief Secretary further directed GM, NBCC that tender be invited by April 27 for installation of pumping stations for making the project functional.
The Chief Secretary also directed that DDC Srinagar shall hold a review meeting of NBCC and other concerned departments for removal of hindrances in the implementation of the project under the overall supervision of Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir. He further directed for release Rs 45 lakh for shifting of underground PHE pipes in KZP Road, Alamgari Bazar to Gasiyaar Chowk for proper implementation of sewerage project.
The Chief Secretary asked the concerned Chief Engineer, UEED, Municipal Commissioners to constitute a team of officers to monitor the progress of work on the sewerage schemes in Srinagar and Jammu on weekly basis and address bottlenecks, if any and complete the project on fast track basis. He directed the executing agency to mobilize resources to ensure completion of both the projects at the earliest.
Later, the Chief Secretary also chaired a meeting of officers to review the status of widening of Jammu-Akhnoor road.
The meeting reviewed various issues pertaining to construction of 30.7 km long four lane road from Jammu to Akhnoor.
The Chief Secretary directed the concerned departments to strictly adhere to the timelines fixed for project execution and hence completion. He directed the concerned to expedite the work regarding land clearances and removal of encroachments and asked the officers to work in synchronization so as to remove all the hindrances for commencement of the project.