Srinagar, Sept 17: Minister of State for Horticulture, Agriculture and R&B, Mr. Javed Ahmad Dar has said that Government will create additional accommodation facilities for Kissan Ghars at New Delhi and Kolkata besides improving the basic facilities of fruit Mandies established in the State. He said work on Delhi and Kolkata Kissan Ghars would commence shortly.
The Minister was reviewing the progress of infrastructure development of fruit Mandies at an officers meeting here today.
The Minister asked officers to ensure allotment of shops to the bona fide persons and evolve a mechanism for making the allotted shops functional in a time bound manner. He asked officers to come up with long term projects for development of fruit Mandies across the state.
Javed asked officers to take necessary measures for land acquisition where it has become imperative for up gradation of existing mandies. He instructed them to switch over to construction of multi story buildings having modern facilities with taking on board the members of local Association associated with the trade. He said a project of Rs. 40 crore has been prepared for establishment of fruit Mandi in Shopian for which 500 kanal land has already been identified at the bank of Rambiar nullah
The meeting was informed that 440 kanal land have been transferred to the department for establishment of fruit Mandi at Jablipora Bijbehara in Anantnag district while as 200 shops stand allotted to the concerned persons at Kulgam. Accordingly in Kupwara, 152 persons have been allotted shops against 185 applications received for the purpose, the meeting was told.
It was further informed that 108 persons have been allotted shops at Fruit Mandi Handwara. The Minister asked the concerned to acquire land required for construction of approach road to Mandi directly from bypass.
The Minister directed Director H&PM to come up with comprehensive projects for establishment of cold storage facilities besides take necessary measures for reviving and setting up of grading and packing centres in the areas where these facilities have become imperative.
Director, Horticulture (P&M), Mr. M.S.Sood, Director Horticulture, Mr. Gandhotra, Joint Director (P&M), A.R.Wazir besides district officers of the department were present on the occasion.
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