Mufti Chairs DDB Meetings of Srinagar, Budgam

Srinagar gets Rs.20 cr over proposed Capital Plan of Rs.100.80 cr 

SRINAGAR: District Development Board meetings for Srinagar and Budgam today approved Rs.120.80 crore Annual Plan for Srinagar and Capital Expenditure Plan outlay of Rs.168.02 crore for Budgam.         

The meeting was chaired by chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Describing Srinagar as the crown of Kashmir Valley, the Chief Minister announced an additional Rs.20 crore to the proposed Capital Expenditure Plan of Rs.100.80 crore for the summer capital this year.  

According top priority to rebuilding infrastructure and compensation for houses damaged in Srinagar when Jhelum savagely breached its banks in 2014, the Chief Minister assured that all protection measures will be taken to thwart the threat of floods.

“De-silting river Jhelum and the spill-over channels, besides strengthening of the river embankments will be expedited. But, to save Srinagar city from persistent threat of floods, my Government will pursue with Centre the Rs. 2200 crore project for construction of alternate flood channel from Dogripora to Wullar so that floods which we experienced last year do not come back to haunt us again,” he stated.

In order to rid the summer capital of the continuous problem of water-logging that accentuates during relentless rains, the Chief Minister announced setting up of 10 new dewatering stations in the most-affected areas of the city.  

Amidst social sector spending boost for Srinagar district, which also focuses on improvement in the Health sector, the Chief Minister announced a revolving corpus fund of Rs. one crore for Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura, for treatment of poor cancer patients, who are not able to afford huge medical expenses. He also asked the Health & Medical Education Department to speed up proposal for developing Kashmir Nursing Home as an independent Cancer Centre so that people who grapple with the deadly disease are provided instant medical treatment.

Keeping in view the huge rush in G. B. Panth Children’s Hospital, Sonwar, the Chief Minister also announced construction of a new Paediatric Hospital, in close proximity of Lal Ded Maternity Hospital. “Till plan for additional children’s hospital is conceived, the Health Department will augment manpower and install new machines at G.B. Panth Hospital to cater to the needs of the child patients,” he said.  

Welcoming the establishment of NITI Ayog which guarantees State’s share in Central taxes, Mufti Sayeed said the new system of financing as per award of the 14th Finance Commission has assured J&K of its due share in Central funds.

Placing high priority on filling up of vacancies on a fast-track basis, the Chief Minister said the Cabinet Subcommittee recomndations have been annoumnced. “Under the proposed Recruitment Policy, we will make it mandatory for those selected by SSB to serve in their native districts for the first five years of their service so that some succour is provided to people living in remote and far-flung areas which struggle with inadequacies in terms of staffing,” he stated and added that due consideration has been given to the feedback received from the public when the Policy was conceived couple of months ago.

The Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh, was also present on the occasion.

Besides Minister for Finance, Dr. Haseeb A. Drabu, who is the Chairman of DDB Budgam, Minister for Public Works, Syed Altaf Bukhari, Minister for Agriculture Production, Ghulam Nabi Lone, Minister of State for H&UDD, I&C, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Minister of State for Health & Social Welfare, Asiya Naqash, former Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, Legislators, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Mubarak Gul, Aga Ruhullah, Hakeem  Mohammad Yaseen, Shameema Firdous, Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar, Noor Mohammad, Ali Mohammad Dar,  Anjum Fazili, Saif-uddin Bhat and Khursheed Alam were also present.  

Some other important decisions – Srinagar & Budgam

1. SMC to maintain streetlights on inner links, except major whicl wll be maintained by PDD

2. New Housing Colonies in Srinagar district to be developed  

3. Widening / up-gradation of one road in each constituency of Budgam

4. Widening of Humhama-Budgam Road on priority

5. Expediting forest clearance for Drung-Tossa Maidan Road 

6. Footbridge over Doodhganga to be restored    

7. Sukhnag and Tangnar WSSs to be commissioned soon

8. Vacant EP land at Methan, Chanapora, to be put to proper use

9. CRPF to be re-located from IE Zakura, Hazratbal

10. Establishment of Fire Service Station at Mujgund, Batamaloo

11. Hokersar wetland to be developed as bird watching site.

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