Govt to make Ganderbal model district: Sagar

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, June 18: Reiterating Government’s commitment to make Ganderbal one of the model districts of the State, the Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Mohammad Sagar today said that several measures would be under taken for ensuring its face lift at the earliest.
The Minister was speaking while chairing the annual District Development Board meeting of Ganderbal district at Manasbal today. The Minister for Forests, Mian Altaf Ahmad, Vice Chairman of Pahari Development Board, Mushtaq Ahmad Bukhari, MLCs, Sheikh Ghulam Rasool, Ali Mohammad Bhat, District Development Commissioner, Showkat Ahmad Mir, heads of various departments and executing agencies were also present on the occasion.
The Board approved an amount of Rs 72.81 crore for the district Ganderbal as annual plan for the year 2012-13 out of which Rs 55.30 crore is the capital component and Rs 17.50 crore as revenue.
Sagar asked the officers to speed up the pace of work on the proposed Central University being constructed in the district, maintaining it would go a long way in bringing Ganderbal on the educational map of the country. He said that the land should also be acquired for undertaking construction of housing colonies on modern pattern having all the basic amenities.
The Minister also directed the officers to actively pursue the proposal of two laning of the road from Zakoora to Waayal which would go a long way in easing out the traffic on this vital highway. He said that comprehensive proposal should also be made for face-lifting of this important town on modern basis.
While asking officers to ensure that the funds earmarked for different schemes are fully utilized, the Minister said that it should be our endeavour to ensure that the benefit of these reaches the targeted populace without any deviation from the prescribed norms. He said that they should also work in close coordination and synergy so that the bottlenecks if any can be removed and the schemes are implemented within the shortest possible time.
The Minister for Forest, Mian Altaf also spoke on the occasion and projected the demands of his constituency.
Mushtaq Bukhari, Sheikh Ghulam Rasool and Ali Mohammad Bhat also deliberated and projected their views and demands.