Progress On WB, ADB Funded Projects Reviewed

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SRINAGAR — Chief Executive Officer, J&K ERA Dr. Raghav Langer today reviewed the progress on various projects funded by the World Bank/Asian Development Bank, here at a high level meeting.

The meeting was attended by the senior functionaries of SMC, R&B, PHE, JKPCC and UEED.

Commissioner, SMC Peerzada Hafizullah Shah briefed about the status of work on various components of urban flood management infrastructure of Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project (JTFRP). He said work on construction of 49 storm water pumping stations at an estimated cost of Rs 102 crores was awarded in December 2018 and work on these sub-projects, which primarily involve the installation of electromechanical equipments along with requisite civil works, will be completed within 18 months.

 He further said that preparation of DPR for the construction of Nadroo drainage scheme will be completed by the next week, while DPR for Bonpora scheme is under preparation.

The CEO directed SMC to expedite the process of procurement of mobile waste water testing equipments for monitoring of water at pumping stations and other equipments to be provided to the SMC under JTFRP. He further directed SMC to prepare a design for the SCADA building in consultation with Department of Disaster Management Relief Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, which is proposed to be housed in the Composite Central Control Room that will also include proposed SEOC (State Emergency Operations Centre) at Humhama.    

General Manager JKPCC Harkewal Singh informed that Environment and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the new proposed hospital complex at L.D Hospital which is estimated to cost Rs 74 crores is on and expected to be completed by   January25, 2019 along with other necessary tests that are required to be done prior to start of work on the ground.

The GM JKPCC further informed that work on construction of Higher Secondary School at Jawahar Nagar, 8 bridges and 3 road sub-projects at Baramulla, Pulwama, Anantnag and Shopian Districts is also underway.

The CEO JTFRP directed JKPCC to strictly follow the quality parameters in the execution of works and also get the tests conducted at site verified from the third party.

Giving details about the progress of the component of strengthening of critical Infrastructure, SE R&B, Mushtaq Ahmad Shagoo informed that bids for the construction of 3  buildings at Govt. Degree College, Bemina, GDC  Anantnag , GDC, Bijbehara are being evaluated while as the bid evaluation process for the construction of 120 bed new in-patient, operation theatre and spinal care centre at Bone and Joint Hospital, Barzulla has been completed and referred to contract committee of R&B for necessary approval. He added that tenders for the construction of 35 school buildings in Kashmir division have also been issued out of which evaluation process for 27 has been completed. He further informed that the construction of 5 bridges have been tendered out of which 01 is ready for award while as DPRs are being prepared for the 12 road sub-projects in Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Dr Raghav reviewed the progress of under execution ADB funded projects in Srinagar.

Director Kashmir ERA Showkat Wani informed that as on date 86% physical progress has been achieved on Jehangir-chowk Rambagh flyover project. He further said that the construction of downward ramp at Allochi-Bagh is already complete, while construction of upward ramp at Rambagh is in full swing. He said in the 3rd and final phase of the project from Jehangir-Chowk to Amar Singh College crossing, focus is being laid on the construction of heavy structural components like erection of pre-cast concrete girders followed by laying of concrete slabs. He added that work on Grade Separator at TRC is underway with 75% physical progress achieved on it. As regards progress of Storm water drainage projects, it was said that construction of Storm water drainage system for Rawalpora-Chanapora area having a catchment area of 284.76 hectares is also nearing completion.

Preparedness for forthcoming Jammu and Kashmir Infrastructure Development programme (JKIDP) to be funded by Asian Development Bank were also discussed during the course of the meeting. 

Chief Engineer PHE informed that for augmentation of water supply by 10 MGD in Greater Srinagar, increasing service levels of water supply as per CPHEED norms at a tentative cost of Rs 270 crores have been provided under JKIDP.

The CEO,ERA directed the officers of the line departments present in the meeting to ensure completion of all projects within the agreed timelines to prevent cost overruns.

The meeting was also attended by Chief Engineer, UEED/ Director Safeguards JKERA, Satinder Singh Rana, Chief Engineer, PHE, Kashmir, Abdul Wahid, Director Kashmir J&KERA, J&K, Showkat Wani, Director Planning and Coordination, JTFRP, Iftikhar Ahmad Hakim, Director Technical, JTFRP Khalid Ahmad, Director Disaster Management JTFRP, Amir Ali, Director, Finance, J&KERA, Chief Accounts Officer, SE, R&B, Kashmir, JTFRP and other senior officers of JKERA, UEED, PHED and  SMC.

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