Proceedings of Legislative Assembly on 21st Feb.


Question Hour in LA
                                                               Work to start soon on Mubarak Mandi ropeway project: Jora
                                                      Govt contemplates constructing ropeways at other potentials spots: Mir
JAMMU : Minister for Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies, Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora on behalf of Minister for Tourism today informed the House that all formalities like environmental wildlife and forest clearances have been completed for taking up construction of Mubarak Mandi Ropeway project adding that foundation of the ropeway project is expected to be laid by last week of this month.
Replying to a question by Mr. Ashok Khajuria in the House, the Minister informed the House that the work was tendered through M/s RITES who have been engaged as consultants for the project. He said the work was awarded to M/s Damodhar Ropeway and Infrastructure Ltd Kolkata in collaboration with ST Teleferik, Turkey.
The Minister said that funds to the tune of Rs. 2.63 crore stand transferred to Revenue and PDD Departments for private land compensation and laying of underground transmission lines besides installation of transformers for the project.
In reply to the supplementaries, the Tourism Minister Mr. G. A. Mir while clarifying the notion of the concerned members said that a provision of Rs. 40 crore has been already kept for the construction of Mubarak Mandi Ropeway assuring that the project would be completed well in time to add another attraction for the tourists after Sidhra Golf Course.
Mr. Mir said that ropeway projects for Aishmuqam and Patnitop have already been tendered out under PPP mode and Government is also endeavouring to take up these projects well in time. He said Government in future is also considering to develop ropeways at another potential spots in the state adding that the development authorities have already instructed to survey such potential spots adding that the survey for Kongwatan to Kounsarnag ropeway has been initiated. He said the development and infrastructure upgradation at tourism spots is being carried out through tourism development authorities of the area.
Mr. Krishen Chander, Mr. Rafi Ahmad Mir, Mr. Harshdev Singh, Mr. Ashwani Sharma and Mr. M. Y. Tarigami raised supplementaries and demanded development upgradation of tourist related infrastructure besides construction of ropeways in their respective constituencies.
                                                  17 hectares of forest land allotted for Kupwara Campus, Rs. 19.5 cr released: Lone
Minister for Higher Education, Mr. Mohammad Akbar Lone today informed the House that academic session in University campus Kupwara would commenced from July-August this year.
Replying to a question by Advocate Abdul Haq Khan, the Minister informed that 17 hectares of forest land at Wuyan, Kupwara has been allotted to Kashmir University for establishment of requisite infrastructure for Kupwara Campus. He said under Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Plan Rs. 19.5 crore have been released for infrastructure building of the campuses adding that tenders for construction of academic block have been already tendered.
Peerzada Mansoor Hussain, Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia, Hakeem Yaseen, Mr. Mohammad Sharief Niaz raised supplementaries and demanded setting up of and upgradation of University Campuses besides grant of funds in their constituencies.
                                                   Rs. 3.41 cr expended on Samba-Mansar road upto last fiscal: Kichloo
                                                                          “Works on Munard-Sugan road allotted”
Minister of State for R&B, Mr. Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo today informed the House that work on 28 kms long Samba-Mansar road has been taken up under state plan projectization at an estimated cost of Rs. 3.90 crore against which Rs.3.41 crore have been incurred upto last financial year adding that Rs. 17 lakh have been expended for improvement of this road during current fiscal.
Replying to a question by Mrs. Bimla Luthra, the Minister informed the House that Rs. 11.17 lakh have been spent for laying of premix in patches on Samba-Goran-Dabbi road whileas Rs. 6 lakh have been incurred on maintenance and repairs of Samba-Sarna road under State Plan.
In reply to a clubbed question by Ms Mehbooba Mufti, the Minister informed that upgradation work of Munard-Sugan road has been allotted and would be taken up after improvement of weather conditions adding that upgradation of Imam Sahib-Kenigam road is in progress but temporarily suspended due to unfavorable weather.
Responding to the supplementary by Mr. S. S. Slathia, the Minister apprised the House about the status of various road projects taken up under different schemes in Vijaypur constituency.
Mr. Yashpal Kundal, Mr. Harshdev Singh, Mr. Ashok Khajuria, Prof. Gharu Ram, Mr. Durga Dass, Mr. Ashwani Kumar, Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia highlighted dilapidated condition of Samba-Mansar road and demanded its immediate repairs and renovation besides pleading for bringing factual, physical and financial status of the road by conducting an inquiry.
                                                               4 new sub-health centres to be opened in Bandipora constituency: Sham
Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Mr. Sham Lal Sharma today informed the House that four new Sub-Health Centres would be opened in un-covered areas of Bandipora constituency.
Replying to a question by Mr. Nizam-ud-Din Bhat in the House today, the Minister said that at present 32 Sub-Health Centres and four Primary and New Type Health Centres are catering to health care facilities in the constituency.
The Minister said that at present against the 196 sanctioned posts of medicos and para medicos in the constituency, 189 such posts are in position and all the vacant posts have been referred to the Selection Agencies for selection of the suitable candidates. He said 54 medicos and para medicos have been engaged under NRHM.
The Minister said that all the health institutions would be provided requisite health infrastructure in a phased manner.
Er. Abdul Rashid raised supplementary on the question.

Business in LA
                                                                                           Two bills introduced in the House
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 21: Two Bills were introduced in the House today.
A Bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Representation of the People’s Act, 1957 and State Ranbir Penal Code (L.A. Bill No.4 of 2014) was introduced by Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah. The Bill aims to incorporate certain amendments to streamline the election process in the State.
Another Bill to make certain temporary provisions for the local areas of Jammu, Katra and Srinagar and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto (L.A Bill No. 5 of 2014) was introduced by Minister for Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies, Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora.

Business in LA
                                                               Speaker directs MoS R&B to inquire status of Samba-Mansar road
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 21- Speaker, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Mr. Mubarak Gul today issued directions for an inquiry about the status of work and expenditure incurred on Samba-Mansar road.
The direction in this regard was issued by the Speaker in the House on the supplementaries raised by some members about the delay in repair and renovation work of Samba-Mansar road. He directed Minister of State for R&B to visit the spot and enquire factual status of progress of the said road.