Div Com discusses arrangements for Katra Navratra Festival

Divisional Commissioner Sanjeev Verma interacting with people in Reasi district on Tuesday.
Divisional Commissioner Sanjeev Verma interacting with people in Reasi district on Tuesday.

*Takes stock of people’s grievances

Excelsior Correspondent

REASI, Aug 20: Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Verma today discussed arrangements for annual Navratra Festival-2019 at Katra.
Chairing a meeting attended by Government officials and representatives of organizing committees, the Div Com underlined the need to make the annual Navratra Festival a stellar affair of unprecedented scale.
The proposed programmes including religious congregations like Prabhat Pheris, ShobhaYatra, recitation of Mata ki Kahani, Devotional Song Competition and cultural items were discussed.
The Div Com directed for constituting of committees at the earliest for successful conduct of the activities associated with the festival. The Div Com was briefed about the details of programme. He asked the organizers to give wide publicity to the event through tourism shows and media to attract maximum visitors from across the country and abroad.
The issues like beautification of the town, upgrading sanitation, essential provisions, traffic management and emergency services were discussed by the Divisional Commissioner.
It was informed that Navratra Festival will be inaugurated on September 29 and continue till October 7.
The meeting was attended by DC Reasi Indu Kanwal Chib, CEO Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Simrandeep Singh, SSP Reasi, Rashmi Wazir; ADC Reasi, Rajinder Sharma, elected representatives of Katra Municipal Committee and members of Hoteliers Association and other officers from various departments.
Meanwhile, the Div Com met with representatives of Katra Municipal Committee and locals in which the ambitious project of upgradation of Katra Main Bazaar was discussed.
Construction of sewage-drainage lines, laying of water supply pipes and electricity cables were discussed in the meeting. The different stages of execution of the project were also discussed.
The Div Com maintained that the work should be carried out in a manner that the local businesses are least affected.
The meeting was attended by DC Reasi, SDM Katra, Ashok Kumar, Dy SP Vivek Shekhar among other district officers.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner listened to the people’s issues at Panthal block.
A large number of locals and members of Panchayat representatives attended the public durbar.
The locals and their representatives raised developmental issues and other demands. They sought construction of Sool and Panthal irrigation canals, widening of Panthal – Jhajjar road, Animal Husbandry Centre etc. They also urged the administration to facilitate promotion of horticulture and floriculture in the block. The Div Com passed on the spot directions for solving most of the issues.
The DC Reasi highlighted the success of Jal Shakti Abhiyanin with initial phase witnessing digging of 12500 percolation pits across the district harvesting over 1 crore litre water. She also informed that a sale counter for local produce is going to be constructed in the block soon.
The Div com urged local women to form Self Help Groups to earn livelihood and asked PRs to conduct regular meetings.
An exhibition of local handicraft and agricultural and horticulture produce was also organised at the venue. A presentation of schemes run by KVIB and KVIC was also presented.