Principal Secretary Skill Development Dr Asgar Samoon on Saturday visited Gurez valley to review and to get the first-hand account of the developmental activities.
The meeting was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Zahoor Ahmad Mir, Joint Director Planning Bandipore Imtiyaz Ahmad, District Information Officer Jehangeer Akhoon, District officers and other senior officers of the district.
Principal Secretary Skill Development Dr Asghar Samoon who is also In-charge Secretary for Monitoring of Developmental Works took detailed review of each sector.
At the outset, Additional Deputy Commissioner and Joint Director Planning Imtiyaz Ahmad gave a detailed Power Point Presentation about achievements of District during 2020-21 and Plan highlights of 2021-22. They informed the meeting about the major developmental activities completed till date and the future plans.
JDP informed that District Hospital Bandipora has been completed and made operational during the current financial year besides four other major including Gujjar and Bakerwal hostel Bandipore at the cost of Rs 3.25 crores , Polytechnic College Bandipore at the cost of Rs 18.00 Crore, Dak Banglow Gurez at the cost of Rs 3.25 Cr and Indoor Stadium Shadipora at the cost of Rs 4.83 Crore.
It was given out that Wullar Dredging Project is being completed at the cost of Rs 200.00 Crores and the work is in progress in full pace and 60 lakh cubic metres have been dredged so far. ADC Bandipora said among new initiatives, Burnai-Tulail has been provided with a Mobile Network for the First time. He said Rs 2.00 Crores are being spent on 3 towns of Hajin, Bandipore and Sumbal. He said in addition 900 solar street lights have been installed in 123 Villages including Gurez and 03 towns of Bandipore while 1175 Works with 06 school buildings, 06 Roads, 03 Irrigation Schemes etc have been completed during last financial year.
It was given out that last year a record macdamization of 115 Kms was macadamized while this year the administration has set a target to macadamize 173 Kms out of which 77 kilimteres have been macadamized so far.
Dr Samoon was informed that 10 MVA Receiving Station at Nasoo Bandipora was recently inaugurated that further augmented the power infrastructure in the district. It was given out that a modern ISM Health and Wellness centre with all modern facilities was also established in Aragam.
Meeting was further informed that nine projects including 7 bridges and two roads have been taken up for execution in Gurez valley while bridges at Dawar, Achoora Byepass, satni Nallah and , Gujran Tulail have been completed.
He said under BADP sector, Out of 47 On-going Projects costing Rs 19.08 Cr, 17 projects are targeted for completion this year including Road From Kashpat to Kilshay Phase-II , Food Godown at Wazirthal, Electrification of Blow-neil, Sekinder and Safadaab Villages for which an amount of Rs 1.39 Cr have been earmarked for the current Financial Year.
Officers informed that the power position in Bandipora has considerably improved immediately after commissioning of 50MVA, 132/33 KV Grid Station Putshyi. They said presently an average of 22 hours power supply is provided to metered areas and 18 hours to non-metered areas with no other system constraints. They said 7 hour power supply is being provided to Gurez and Tulail areas through 22 DG sets where grid connectivity is not available. ADC said in order to provide Grid connectivity to Gurez/Tulail areas work (under CSS DDUGJY) construction of 33KV Bandipora-Gurez line is under progress while part of 11KV trunk lines from Khandyal to Chorwan and Barnai to Kashpot at Guez/Tulail has completed , However the construction of 29 substations has already been completed. The power supply to the said areas will considerably improve once connected to Grid.
Speaking on the occasion Dr Samoon urged the officers to work in mission mode to ensure the completion of ongoing works without any further delay. He asked the officers to ensure the important works are completed in Gurez valley before the onset of winter. He said there is a limited working season I n Gurez valley and hence officers need to expedite the pace of work to ensure works are completed well before winters.