DyCM reviews power availability, development projects in Kashmir

Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh chairing a meeting at Srinagar on Thursday.
Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh chairing a meeting at Srinagar on Thursday.

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Feb 2: Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh, today called for mobilizing extraordinary efforts and continuous innovations in work execution to realize the dream of round the clock uninterrupted power supply in the State.
Dr. Singh, who is also Minister for Power Development, said this while chairing a meeting to review the power situation in Valley. He said that the department has done wonderful work during the recent snowfall and lauded the officers and officials for restoring electric power supply within a shortest possible time.
Commissioner Secretary PDD, Chief Engineer PDD, senior officers of the department and other concerned attended the meeting.
During the meeting, Dr. Singh reviewed the present position of power supply and pace of work on various ongoing PDD projects. He was informed that any damaged electric transformer in Srinagar city have been replaced and for other areas it is being done within a week’s time.
The Minister said that the department needs to gear up to meet people’s expectations. He said that there is no shortage of funds and called for time bound completion of development projects.
He directed to re-examine all feeders and adding of more feeders into the system wherever it is necessary to minimize snapping of high-voltage power lines.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that uninterrupted power supply to hospitals and PHE water supply schemes should be further strengthened so that these services are ensured effectively. He also directed the officers to strictly adhere to power schedule so as to provide maximum benefit to people.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister reviewed the post snowfall situation in the Valley besides pace of various works undertaken for developmental projects for beautification of Srinagar.
Commissioner Secretary H&UD, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Director Local Bodies, Vice Chairman of Srinagar Development Authority, LAWDA, MD Housing Board, Chief Engineer UEED, CEO UDAC, Chief Town Planner, Chief Architect and other concerned attended the meeting.
The meeting was informed that as on date SMC and local bodies have cleared snow from all roads, lanes and by-lanes across the valley. The meeting was informed that the liability of NBCC for sewerage works in Srinagar has been cleared and the company will restart the work soon.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar who is also holding the charge of Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation said that the administration is taking all steps to curb illegal constructions besides removal of encroachments. It was said that during last year 228 demolition drives were lunched against the illegal constructions and FIRs have been filed against the violators.
VC, LAWDA said that 390 illegal buildings have been demolished and 541 violators were booked.
On the occasion, the Deputy Chief Minister directed the officials to take appropriate measures against the encroachments and illegal construction and ensure that there is no encroachment in the city. He also directed the officials to make small interventions too like installing aesthetically pleasing dustbins, beautiful bus stops, installing street lights etc so that  Srinagar becomes epitome of facilities for locals and tourists. He also directed the officers to resolve all issues of street vendors within a period of month.
The meeting was informed that detailed zonal planning will start from next month in Srinagar, Anantnag, Jammu and Katra and will be completed within a financial year.
On the occasion, Chief Town Planner said that the Srinagar Master Plan will be put in public domain soon to seek public response.


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