ANANTNAG: In order to review the status of four lanning of NHW in the twin districts of Anantnag and Pulwama, an officers meeting was held here today under the chairmanship of Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon in which Chief Engineer PMGSY, Chief Engineer Beacon besides Deputy Commissioners of Anantnag and Pulwama attended.
Dr. Samoon discussed threadbare the matter related to four lanning of NHW with the senior officers of twin districts and directed them to speed up the execution of work with judicious utilisation of funds so that people in general are benefitted by the project.
District Development Commissioner, Anantnag apprised the meeting that out of 4087 kanals of land involved in the construction of 4 lane road, 3588 kanals have been acquired and handed over to the concerned agencies thereby recording 88 percent land acquisition in the said project.
The District Development Commissioner Pulwama informed that out of 2554 Kanals of land involved in the said project, 1859 kanals have been acquired and handed over to the agencies so far.
Both the DDCs assured the Divisional Commissioner that the land to be provided in addition to already allotted land shall be acquired and provided to the agencies by March 15, 2013. The meeting discussed threadbare about the bottlenecks, if any, in the construction of four lane NHW and it was resolved that steps will be taken to streamline the execution of the project in a phased manner.
Under PMGSY, a total of 1726 kanals of land has been utilised in the construction of roads at various places in the Anantnag district, the meeting was told. Out of 95 disputed land cases, 77 cases have been settled so far for which an amount of Rs. 45 crore have been disbursed among the landholders. Divisional Commissioner instructed the DDCs to settle the remaining 18 cases by April 15 this year and submit a report accordingly.
While reviewing the functioning of PHE department in the Anantnag district, the SE PHE was asked to ensure availability of drinking water on priority basis in every locality where the water pipes have got damaged due to the ongoing development of roads.
Referring to the issue of Brick Kilns, the Divisional Commissioner was apprised that out of total no of 77 brick kilns in district Anantnag, 27 illegal brick kilns have been banned to operate and remaining 50 are functional in view of strict adherence to rules and regulations and fulfilment of legal formalities.
The Divisional Commissioner was also apprised that out of approved outlay of Rs. 10758.68 lakh in the District Plan an amount of Rs. 5504.06 lakh against availability of Rs. 7731.87 lakh has been spent till Jan 31, 2013, thus recording 71 percent of total expenditure during the current financial year.
Dr. Samoon urged the revenue authorities of the district to take necessary steps for settlement of tourist towns like Pahalgam and Kokernag on war footing basis so that there is no space left for the illegal grabbing of valuable land.
Among others, DIG South, SSP Anantnag, ADC Anantnag and all the district officers of district Anantnag and Pulwama were also present in the meeting.
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