Guv reviews progress on major projects of Jammu

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Aug 20: Chairing a meeting at the Civil Secretariat here today to review the implementation of important projects in Jammu, Governor N N Vohra called for a vigorous, sustained and proactive approach to place important developmental projects on course and for expediting their implementation.
He directed sharp attention to ensure the timely formulation of DPRs, constant follow-up with the concerned Central Ministries for the release of funds, systematic monitoring of the pace of works on the ground, effective intra-departmental coordination for urgent resolution of all impediments, and timely submission of Utilization Certificates to  avail the maximum resources from the Government of India for all round infrastructure development.
Advisors to the Governor B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar and Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam and senior officers attended the meeting.
In regard to the various procedural problems which are delaying the execution of the projects which were discussed in detail in the meeting, the Governor directed the immediate establishment of a Committee, headed by Chief Secretary, to regularly review and resolve any problems which may come in the way of speedy construction of AIIMS, IIT, IIM, and other important projects. This Committee will deal with and settle all issues relating to the acquisition/ transfer of land, grant of forest clearances, felling of trees, alignment of approach roads, construction of boundary walls, provision of power supply and potable water supply, flood protection works etc.
Vohra directed the Divisional Commissioner, Jammu to provide a suitable rehabilitation plan for the families, including housing and other basic amenities, for the families to be relocated from the site acquired for the AIIMS.
Expressing dissatisfaction over the very poor pace of work on Mubarak Mandi restoration project, he asked Secretary Tourism to urgently review every aspect of the project and send his recommendations to the Chief Secretary within 7 days.
Work on Tawi lake project has been stopped because GVR Infra Ltd, the company executing the project, has secured a status quo order from Chennai High Court, after turning a defaulter on execution. The Governor dirceted Secretary PHE, I&FC to  take urgent action to have the stay vacated and to see that work is immediately resumed on the project.
On Tawi Riverfront development, Vohra directed immediate further action to operationalise the  DPR of the project, which has been prepared by the Consultants of Sabarmati River Front Development Corporation Limited and has been vetted by the National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee.
Regarding Multi-level Parking at Bus Stand/ Panjtirthi, the meeting was informed that work on multi-tier parking at Jammu Bus Stand, at the cost of Rs 213 crore, is being carried out expeditiously as a part of Jammu Smart City Project. Regarding Panjtirthi Multi-level Parking Project, it was informed that the project is being re-worked due to some feasibility issues.
On Cable Car Project; the meeting was informed that the Bahu Fort-Mahamaya-Peerkho Cable Car Project, coming up at a cost of Rs 75 crore, will be commissioned by October this year.
The Governor called for putting all security and logistic aspects fully in place before the commissioning of the project. He directed that strict security audit of the project should be ensured to avoid any mishap.
On IIT Jammu; the meeting was informed that the 2018 batch of 133 students with 30 girls have been admitted in IIT at its Jagti Campus and by 2020 the existing temporary campus will be sufficient for 600 students and the Master Plan for the main campus is already under preparation.