Inspects ongoing construction work on Narbal-Gatpora bridges; takes stock of developmental work at Mirgund wetland
BUDGAM, NOVEMBER, 03: As part of a public outreach programme, the District Development Commissioner (DDC) Budgam, Shahbaz Ahmed Mirza today undertook field visits to various villages of Block Narbal and held a public darbar in the lawns of Govt. Girls Middle School Mazhama.
The DDC was accompanied by all concerned District/Sectoral officers who attended the public interaction programme.
En-route to the venue, the DDC inspected the ongoing work on two bridges situated at Narbal connecting Gotapora and other areas.
During the inspection, the DDC was apprised that these 2 bridges being constructed at a cost of Rs 4.62 Cr and 4.00 Cr respectively through R&B Budgam are in the last stages of completion process.
Mirza instructed the concerned to ensure that remaining work on connecting approaches and laying of remaining concrete slab on bridge is completed on fast track mode, keeping in view the impending weather conditions. The DDC was apprised that within next 15 days both the bridges shall be made functional.
The DDC held a public interaction programme at Govt Girls Middle School Mazhama where apart from locals, various deputations from other adjacent villages including Kawoosa, Kanihama Narbal ,Check Kawoosa and Gotapora had assembled to apprise the visiting administrative team about various issues/demands relating to improvement in power and water supply , improvement in LT, HT Lines in affected areas, repair and renovation of NTPHC Centre at Mazhama.
The DDC gave patient hearing to all concerned and said that all genuine demands, issues and grievances shall be taken up on priority.
He reiterated that his top most priority and focus shall be to initiate the process retrieval of all encroached Govt. Land, and added that strict directions will be issued to penalize any offender involved in such unlawful practices. He further said that a special drive shall be launched in the area equally coordinated and supported by all concerned departments/ agencies.
While commenting upon scarcity of water in area, the DDC said that under Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), 20 moderate and high capacity new water supply Schemes will be launched in the twin blocks of Narbal and Magam involving an amount of Rs 8.75 Cr in next one and half year.
There shall be revolutionary change in the drinking water supply in the area under JJM, the DDC said.
He assured that other issues have already been taken note of by all concerned departments and simultaneously redressal process of issues will commence forthwith as per the nature and status of demands.
Later, the DDC accompanied by DFO Wild Life visited the Rakh Mirgund wetland area to have a firsthand view of the present status of this huge wetland area.
During the visit, the DDC was informed that presently de-silting work is going on in the area in addition to strengthening of existing embankments, plugging of breaches is also under execution.
The DFO assured DDC that most of the work shall be completed by the end of this month. She said that the process of saving the wetland from breaches and encroachment will give it a new face lift.
The DDC instructed the concerned Tehsildar to carry out demarcation of wetland at an earliest.
The DDC enroute back to Budgam had an interaction with cricket players at Sports stadium Narbal who were busy playing tournament. The DDC also played some balls as a batsman and enjoyed the moment with enthusiastic youth.
The players assembled on the occasion in one voice appealed the DDC to develop the ground on latest parameters where all requisite facilities are made available. The DDC assured that he will take up the issue with JK Sports Council personally and hope that they shall incorporate its development and the requirements in the coming phase.