Put construction works on fast track: CS

Development of 5 Ghats along Jhelum bank

Excelsior Correspondent

Chief Secretary Madhav Lal chairing meeting on Cluster Development Initiative at Srinagar on Saturday.
Chief Secretary Madhav Lal chairing meeting on Cluster Development Initiative at Srinagar on Saturday.

SRINAGAR, June 23: To promote craft and give major boost to the business prospects of artisans of Shaher-e-Khaas, a high level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Madhav Lal, on “Cluster Development Initiative” discussed the comprehensive action plan and measures put in place by various departments for development of Nawakadal to Cement Kadal artisan cluster stretch.
A comprehensive survey was conducted to identify various “clusters for development” for uplifting handicrafts sector by providing artisans associated with this trade all facilities and access to showcase and sell their products to the clients directly and assist them to market their craft.
As part of the initiative and to reap the benefits of river side transport and access the Government has decided to develop 5 Ghats along the right bank of Jhelum at identified spots. The Ghats will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 81 lakh.
Madhav Lal gave further directions for complete profiling of the artisan families associated with various crafts and issuance of photo identity and artisan credit cards to all the artisans as part of the development initiative. To develop a broader consensus and address trade and craft specific issues, the Chief Secretary asked for organising workshops in the heart of the cluster areas by Handicrafts, IL&FS and other concerned agencies, ensuring participation by artisans and other stake holders for face to face interaction and consultation.
The meeting also discussed several other important measures to be taken as part of the development initiative for the cluster including development and restoration of interior lanes, drains and sewerage systems, modernisation of existing electricity supply network with provisions of HVDS sub stations, ornamental lighting and street illumination and anti erosion along with beautification of river banks.
Plans for conservation of heritage buildings, shrines and temples especially along or on the river front built up area were also deliberated upon during the meeting. Tourism Department and Srinagar Municipal Corporation were given further necessary directions in this regard.
Plans for Rehabilitation of dislocated families from river Jhelum and Chhunti Kol at Sumerbugh housing colony were also comprehensively discussed during the meeting.
The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary Planning and Development B.B Vyas, Principal Secretary Housing and Urban Development Suresh Kumar, Principal Secretary PDD Sudhanshu Panday, Commissioner Secretary Tourism and Culture, Commissioner Secretary Industries and Commerce, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Commissioner Secretary R&B, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Municipal Commissioner Srinagar, Director Handicrafts, Chief Engineers of I&FC,UEED, Sewerage and Drainage Srinagar, representatives of NBCC,IL&FS AND INTACH and other senior officers.