Governor inaugurates Kalika Dham at Railhead Jammu
JAMMU: The Shrine Board has two major Transit accommodation complexes at Jammu-Vaishnavi Dham and Saraswati Dham– which together have a total of 1050 beds, of which 1020 are dormitory beds and the remainder 30 are single room beds. Three years ago, Mr. N. N. Vohra, Governor Jammu and Kashmir, who is Chairman of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, had directed the Chief Executive Officer to initiate time bound action for the augmentation of transit accommodation for pilgrims at various important halting places particularly Jammu, Katra, Adhkuari and Bhawan. Today afternoon the Governor inaugurated a new complex “Kalika Dham” which is located at Railhead Complex, Jammu. The commissioning of Kalika Dham has led to the emergence of a troika of prestigious accommodation complexes of the Shrine Board in Jammu – Vaishnavi Dham, Kalika Dham and Saraswati Dham.
Kalika Dham is a 5-storey building, with a basement, which has been constructed on a plot of land which lies between Vaishnavi Dham and Saraswati Dham. The project has been implemented by the Shrine Board’s Engineering Wing within a record time of 21months at a cost of Rs. 14.80 crore. With a built up area of 6765 square metres, the total land area under Kalika Dham is 5 kanal, of which 3 kanal is the covered area. It has a bed capacity of 340, including 240 dormitory beds and 50 double bed rooms. With the commissioning of this complex the Shrine Board now provides a total of 1360 beds in Jammu.
The Governor complimented Shri H.L. Maini, Member and Technical Consultant, SMVDSB for the sustained personal interest taken by him which enabled the completion of this important project within a very tight time frame. Accompanied by Dr. Sudhir Bloeria, Member, SMVDSB, Shri Maini, Shri Rakesh K. Gupta, Pr. Secretary to the Governor, Dr. Mandeep K. Bhandari, Chief Executive Officer, SMVDSB, and other officers of the Shrine Board, the Governor went around the building and inspected rooms and dormitories, Bhojanalaya and other facilities put in place for the pilgrims. He emphasised the need for strict day to day cleanliness and proper upkeep of this new facility.
Giving further details about the salient features of the project, Dr. Bhandari, CEO, said that Kalika Dham building comprises 11 dormitories, two of which are on the ground floor and 3 each on the first, second and 3rd floors. There are 50 double bedded rooms with attached bathrooms, 10 on each of the 5 floors. The basement has parking facility for 20 vehicles, in addition to the open parking for another 20 cars on the ground floor.
Dr. Bhandari stated that the building, equipped with modern facilities, has a kitchen and a dining hall for 80 persons and 2 elevators each of which has a carrying capacity for 10 persons each. The 4th floor has a 50 seater Conference Hall, and an office. The complex has a fire fighting system and a fire alarm. The building shall also have Solar Water Heating System of 21000 litre per day capacity. He informed that the building also has all other required infrastructure in place, which includes a ramp, elevators and dedicated toilets, specifically for the convenience of physically challenged persons.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included Dy. CEO, Shri Pankaj Sharma, Dy. CEO, Shri Pankaj Gupta, Dy. CEO, Shri Neeraj Gupta, Chief Accounts Officer, Shri Devender Singh Bhau, Dy. CEO, Shri Anil Sharma, Dy. CEO, Shri Rajinder Singh, Officer on Special Duty (Revenue), Shri Ashok Kumar, Director Sports, Shri Subhash Gupta, Superintending Engineer and Executive Engineer, Shrine Board.
Governor reviews progress of SMVDIME
JAMMU: Mr. N.N. Vohra, Governor, visited the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Institute of Medical Excellence (SMVDIME) at Kakriyal, today and inspected the to-date status of the 8 accommodation complexes which are under construction in the area adjoining the Hospital complex. In this context, accompanied by Dr. Mandeep K. Bhandari, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishni Devi Shrine Board, the Governor visited Ashvin Bhawan, Dhanvantri Bhawan, Aayush Bhawan, Sushruta Bhawan, Nivedita Bhawan, Charak Bhawan, Sanjeevani Bhawan and Aashray Bhawan. Buildings costing about Rs. 45 crore, shall provide hostels and residential accommodation for doctors, para-medical and ancillary staff and nurses. There is also a Sarai for the attendants of patients and a Guest House.
The Governor also reviewed the implementation status of ongoing work to ensure water supply, backup power supply, construction of Sewage Treatment Plants and completion of roads.
During the course of the power point presentation made by the Chief Executive Officer the Governor was also apprised about the recommendations of the Security Review Committee constituted for ensuring the security of SMVDIME. For making this complex eco-friendly, the Governor urged the CEO to plant ornamental plants along the entire length of the campus roads and install rain water harvesting and solar energy systems in the complex.
Governor reviews functioning of SMVDU
JAMMU: Mr. N.N. Vohra, Governor, visited the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University and held extensive discussions with Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, Vice Chancellor of the University, to review all the important aspects of functioning of this important institution of higher learning, the only residential University in the State.
The Governor also undertook a round of the University and inaugurated the extension blocks of the hostels. The Basohli Boys Hostel now has another 75 beds and the Vaishnavi Girl’s Hostel has a block of 89 new beds. The Governor went around the rooms and checked the facilities which are provided in the new rooms provided to the boys and girls.
The Governor was briefed by Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, Vice Chancellor, Prof. V. Verma, Dean Faculty of Engineering and Mr. Ajay Khajuria, Registrar, SMVDU, about the various ongoing projects in the University, the budgetary issues, the new schools to be opened, the vacancies to be filled etc. The Governor suggested to the VC to strengthen access control and install CCTV cameras at various identified points for round-the-clock monitoring and surveillance. He also reiterated his directions about the care of the main lawns and the lawns appurtenant to the hostel buildings and for flowering shrubs and trees to be planted in the entire campus.