* Several delegations call on Murmu
JAMMU, Feb 10: Lt Gen Harpal Singh, Director General, Border Roads Organisation (BRO) today called on the Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu at the Raj Bhavan. He was accompanied by Brig. Y K Ahuja, Chief Engineer, Sampark and Brig. Ravi Navet, Chief Engineer, Beacon.
The DG briefed the Lt Governor about the present status of various ongoing projects in J&K under Border Roads Organisation. He further informed him about the progress of works on operationally critical roads in the area of responsibility and also discussed with the Lt Governor various steps being taken to strengthen the road network especially in remote and strategically important regions across J&K.
Further, the DG apprised the Lt Governor that DPR of Rajouri- Thanamandi-Surankote and four Packages of Akhnoor-Poonch have been approved. In addition, Uri-Poonch project was also discussed in the meeting.
While complimenting the BRO for their dedicated efforts of nation building through infrastructure development, the Lt Governor advised the DG for putting up a focused attention towards up-keep of the existing roads and asked him to closely monitor the ongoing projects to ensure timely completion of the works with highest quality.
Suresh Chugh, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests also called on the Lieutenant Governor and briefed him about the efforts being made by the Forest Department to increase the green cover in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. He discussed with the Lt Governor about various issues related to conservation of biodiversity, soil and water conservation.
Chugh, who is also the Chairman of J&K Pollution Control Board, discussed with the Lt Governor about various issues related to monitoring of industrial emissions, ambient air quality, water quality, polythene seizures and implementation of directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) with regard to J&K in particular.
The Lt Governor emphasized on the high importance for taking all the requisite measures for enhancing and maintaining the forest cover in the Union Territory. He further stressed upon creating mass awareness among the pubic with regard to environmental issues and implementation of pollution laws by expanding public outreach.
Meanwhile, Rajesh Gupta, ex-MLA, who led the delegation of General Bus-stand Shop keepers Association, apprised the Lt Governor about the problems of affected shopkeepers of General Bus-stand, Jammu. He also projected other developmental issues pertaining to the Cable Car Project, parking projects etc. The ex-MLA was accompanied by Madhu Sharma, President, General Bus-stand Shop keepers Association, Vishal Mahajan and Kuldeep Kapoor.
Ashok Khajuria, ex-MLC also called on the Lt Governor and apprised him about various developmental and public importance issues and sought Lt Governor’s intervention in resolving the same.
A delegation of Hindustan Shiv Sena, J&K, led by its President, Vikrant Kapoor apprised the Lt Governor regarding the need of development of religious places in Jammu, construction of fly-over bridges from Gandhi Nagar Women college to Airport and Satwari to Kunjwani and other development projects of public importance.
Majid Rashid, President, J&K Students Welfare Organization drew the Lt Governor’s attention towards various welfare issues of the youth and student community across J&K. He also briefed the Lt Governor about several youth related activities being undertaken by his organization.
Meanwhile, Dr. Arvind Kumar, President, India Water Foundation called on the Lt Governor and briefed him about their environment friendly endeavours through knowledge exchange, technology intervention and capacity building measures and also extended their support for integrated management towards water resources by creation and rejuvenation of water bodies, revival of traditional surface and ground water bodies.
The Lt Governor, while interacting with the former Legislators and members of the delegations, assured them that the genuine issues and demands projected by them would be looked into meticulously by the Government and redressed at the earliest.
He observed that the Government has put in place a robust mechanism to address all the genuine grievances and demands projected by people of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. On developmental front, he observed that the Government has initiated several development projects for the holistic development of the Union Territory.