JAMMU : Reiterating that Government was determined to provide all basic amenities to the people across the state, Minister for Housing, Horticulture, Culture, Youth Services and Sports, Mr. Raman Bhalla on Sunday said that numerous developmental and welfare schemes have been launched in every nook and corner of the State to improve the living standard of the people.
The Minister was addressing a largely attended public gathering at Upper Gaddigarh after launching various development works in the locality, here today.
Officers of PHE, PDD, R&B and JMC accompanied the Minister.
Mr. Bhalla said that the Government has already formulated a new massive development plan for upgrading every locality of the state particularly peripheral areas of the cities with all basic amenities like safe drinking water, road connectivity, education, health, electricity besides better lanes and drains. He said providing road connectivity to all villages was on high agenda of the Government, adding all unconnected areas would be connected with nearest district and tehsil headquarters through road network.
Mr. Bhalla asked the executing agency to complete all the projects within stipulated time frame so that the benefits reach to people at the earliest. He called upon the people not to extend the access ramps of houses on the lanes and nallahs, adding that such practices create hindrance for the executing agencies in providing all infrastructural facilities to the inhabitants. He appealed them to cooperate with Government in this regard so that their localities could be developed with all basic amenities.’
Mr. Bhalla asked the officers to ensure proper monitoring and usage of quality material, adding that there would be no compromise on quality of work. He called upon the people to cooperate with executing agencies in completing the ongoing works started in their respective colonies. He asked the executing agencies to make optimum use of funds and complete the projects taken up under PHE, ERA, Irrigation and Flood Control sectors in a time bound manner.
Later, the Minister also visited Jeevan Nagar W No. 58 and listened to development related issues at a public grievances redressal camp.
Mr. Bhalla said that the Government was fully aware of hardships of weaker sections of the society and was making all out efforts to mitigate the same on priority basis. He hoped that the people will cooperate with executing agencies in effective implementation of development works in their basties.
Listing the measures taken by the Government in Jeevan Nagar, the Minister said that Government has already spent Rs. 1.20 crore for macadamization of 9-kilometer long Jeevan Nagar-Maralian village road including upgradation of deep drain.
Responding to the locals demand, the Minister announced Rs. 9 lakh for upgradation of lanes and drains in Ward No. 58 of Jeevan Nagar. He asked the JMC to complete on-going works within stipulated time frame. He also issued directions to JMC to prepare estimates for upgradation of left out lanes and drains in Jeevan Nagar and submit the same for funding.
For improving the drinking water facility in Jeevan Nagar and its adjoining areas, Mr. Bhalla said Government has earmarked Rs. 3.26 crore for construction of 25000 gallon discharge capacity deep drill tube well at Babliana village including laying of water supply pipes in water deficit areas to meet the drinking water demand of the people of Jeevan Nagar, Ajeet Nagar, Jawahar Nagar, Poonchi Mohalla and Narwal Paien.
The Minister appealed the people not to dump garbage along the canals and nallahs, ‘it is not only creating trouble among development agencies’ but also affected the health of inhabitants. He said that it is duty of every citizen to make their surrounding areas neat and clean. He said that Government was committed to develop all the open spaces into parks and walkways so that the locals could avail the benefits of such beautiful places in morning and evening hours.