Bandipora: The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Bandipora, Dr Owais Ahmad on Monday chaired a meeting of officers to review and to get first-hand account of the developmental activities in the district.
The meeting discussed detailed proposals under the District Capex Plan, 2021-22 including physical status of projects targeted for completion in the current fiscal and took a comprehensive review on the progress of developmental projects undertaken by various departments.
It was given out that Rs 529 Crores have been earmarked for the financial year 2021-22 with major thrust on Jal Jeevan Mission (51%), PMGSY (21%), Rural development Department (8%), Education & Health (8%) etc.
The DC said 3316 works have been targeted for completion for the financial year 2021-22 which includes 114 Water supply schemes, 24 PMGSY works, 23 Urban Development Works, 13 works of Education, 07 Hospitals, 13 Roads, 09 Irrigation Schemes and 1875 MGNREGA Works.
He sought details from the heads of departments including Rural Development department, Health, JKPDCL, R&B, Jal Shakti and other sectors about the approved works, tendering status and status of estimations and progress of ongoing projects/works.
At the outset, Joint Director Planning, Imtiyaz Ahmad gave a detailed PowerPoint Presentation about achievements of the District during 2020-21 and Plan highlights of 2021-22. He informed the meeting about the major developmental activities completed till date and the future plans.
JDP informed that District Hospital Bandipora has been completed and made operational during the current financial year besides four other major projects including Gujjar and Bakerwal hostel Bandipora at the cost of Rs 33.25 crores, New Bus Adda at the cost of Rs 5.29 crores, macadamization of Srinagar-Bandipora road at the cost of Rs 23.33 crores, macadamization of Sopore Bandipora road and beautification of entry points, commissioning of Oxygen Plant at DH Bandipora, implementation of Wular conservation project, Receiving Station Nussu at the cost of Rs 3.8 crores, besides macadamization of important inter-district roads.
It was revealed that 119 Kilometers were macadamized last year by R&B, PMGSY and Beacon while this year 131 kilometers have been macadamized so far by the R&B and PMGSY only.
It was given out that the Wullar Dredging Project is being completed at the cost of Rs 200.00 crores and the work is in progress at full pace and 3 kilometers have been restored so far against the target of 4.35 sq kilometers till December 2021. Officials said 99,000 willows have been extracted and auctioned realizing revenue of Rs 19.47 Crores.
It was given out that a modern ISM Health and Wellness centre with all modern facilities was also established in Aragam while work is on to establish more Health Centres. Officers informed that 42123 Golden cards have been issued under PMJAY while 170192 cards have been issued under PMJAY (Sehat) in Ayushman Bharat Scheme.
Speaking on the occasion, the DC said that district administration is committed to ensure all development projects/works are completed within a set timeline. He stressed on the concerned officers/officials to take all possible measures to accelerate the pace of the ongoing works for their time-bound completion and directed for regular monitoring of works. He also directed all the officers to keep a close liaison and coordination with PRIs (DDCs/BDCs/Sarpanchs/Panchs) so that a new system of implementation of developmental activities is ensured in a hassle free manner and people can realize the actual and intended benefits of work.
While deliberating on the development plan of the current year, Dr Owais said the government has taken up the water supply issue as a priority area and under Water Security Plan water supply shall be provided to each House Hold with 51 percent budget being invested in the sector. He said 45000 HHs shall be provided 100 percent FHTC (functional Tap Connections) under JJM.
Dr Owais said 21 percent of the budget is being spent on connectivity of remote areas. He said owing to its topography the district poses challenges in road maintenance and upkeep and the administration is working on two fronts- identifying and projecting new roads, bridges, Bye-passes and implementing existing schemes to the fullest.
The meeting was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner Zahoor Ahmad Mir, Joint Director Planning Bandipore Imtiyaz Ahmad, Assistant Commissioner Panchayat, Executive Engineers of various departments, SDM Gurez Dr Bashir Ahmad Lone, District Information Officer Jehangeer Akhoon, District officers and other senior officers of the district.