KATHUA: Minister of State for Fisheries, Cooperatives, Finance and Planning Dr Manohar Lal Sharma inaugurated Surara Road in Billawar tehsil today.
Dr Sharma was accompanied by SDM Billawar R.S Charak during the inauguration.
After inaugurating the road, the minister addressed a large gathering and said that on the inauguration of newly built first phase of Petrol pump-Surara road, the road connectivity to Surara village and its adjoining panchayats would be provided. He said Government is committed to connect every locality with nearest headquarter by providing road connectivity. He disclosed that the road is completed at an estimated cost of Rs. 93 lakh out of total sanctioned 179.83 lakh. He directed the PWD department to complete the remaining stretch of the road at an earliest for the convenience of the people.
Dr Manohar Lal Sharma disclosed the gathering that Government has taken various initiatives in providing road connectivity to the rural areas, adding that most of the roads and bridges in Billawar are nearing completion. He directed the executing agencies to gear up his men and machinery to complete the ongoing projects with stipulated time frame.
Later, various deputations of Billawar tehsil met the minister and projected their development related issues.
Regarding shortage of drinking water Dr Sharma asked the PHE department to take necessary measures in mitigating the genuine problems of the people. He informed that Government has prepared a comprehensive plan in providing adequate drinking water facilities to the people of Billawar. The WSS will be taken up very shortly to cater the need in the drinking water deficit areas of the tehsil.
Later, the Minister also inaugurated link road from Kishanpur to Nargari.
Among others XEN PWD, PMGSY, Flood Control, Tehsil Supply Officer, AEE PWD were also present.
Earlier, the Minister also laid foundations of tourism facilities in Phinter, Rampur, Thaintu, Ghari, Sheetla Mata Mandir Rampur, Shiv Cave Sharad Thaintu, Shiv Mandir Ghari Tharakalwal and Dharamkote of tehsil Billawar today. The tourist facilities would be completed at an estimated cost of Rs. 93 lakh.
Chief Executive Officer Lakhanpur Sarthal Development Authority Dr Bharat Bhushan and locals in large numbers were present on the occasion.
After laying foundation stones, Dr Sharma said that the Billawar tehsil is blessed with various shrines, ziarats and historic Mandirs and with best of landscapes in the district attracting lakhs of devotees and tourist every year. He said Government has initiated steps to facilitate tourist by strengthening tourist infrastructure in the areas of immense potential. He said tourist development authorities were came into existence under Prime Minister Reconstruction Plan to develop, upgrade and improve the tourism infrastructure in the state and LSDA is also a part of that chain. He said the aim is to develop the tourist potential areas for their economic development.
Dr Sharma said that the tourist inflow at Mata Sukrala Mata Ji Shrine has increased steeply in recent times. He said more steps will be taken in coming times to route the devotees and tourist to other unseen landscapes of Billawar, Basohli and Bani tehsils.
CEO Lakhanpur Sarthal Authority Dr Bharat Bhushan said that LSDA has taken up the initiative to develop the area in and around the Corridor from Lakahnpur to Sarthal. He said the strive to identify and develop the areas will continue in times to come.
Later, Dr Sharma also dedicated four High Mast Lights at Mandir sites at Rampur, Thaintu, Ghari and Dharamkote installed by LSDA involving Rs. 6.40 Lakh.