Killer Highway | Construct Crash Barriers, Parapets: LG To NHAI

Ramban: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Tuesday directed national highway authorities of India (NHAI) to ensure proper maintenance of existing national highways, besides constructing crash barriers and parapets at all vulnerable locations to avoid road mishaps.

Chairing a marathon meeting to review the working of District Administration here on Tuesday, the LG observed that the area being accident prone, directions were already passed for establishment of Trauma centre in order to provide requisite medicare facilities to the people, an official spokesperson said.

He said that the NHAI authorities were also directed to ensure proper maintenance of existing national highways, besides constructing crash barriers and parapets at all vulnerable locations to avoid road mishaps.

Terming better road connectivity as a key feature in the socio-economic development of any region, the LG, as per the official spokesperson reviewed progress of PMGSY road projects under execution in Ramban and Banihal divisions and directed for completion of all road projects in the district to strengthen the road network. He also took stock of rates of construction material being used in various projects.

“The LG asked the NHAI to provide employment to local youth in ongoing national projects, besides providing them skill development training in required trades,” he said.

As per the official spokesperson the LG also reviewed the preparedness being made by the district administration for Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra and passed necessary directions to the administration for ensuring the provision of adequate facilities to the visiting Yatris.

“He also directed the district administration to construct community sanitary complexes along the national highway and asked them to prepare a comprehensive maintenance and sanitation plan for the same,” he said

The official spokesperson further said that the LG directed the Deputy Commissioner and other district officers to adopt an action oriented approach for prompt redressal of public grievances; besides reaching out to people with all the basic amenities.

“He further asked the concerned functionaries to closely monitor the ongoing development works for their implementation in right earnest and to achieve the set targets on developmental front,” he said.

The LG, he said, laid specific thrust on important public issues like 100% saturation of social security & beneficiary-oriented schemes and speedy completion of languishing projects.

While reviewing the healthcare sector, the official spokesperson said that Sinha observed that the Ayushman Bharat –SEHAT has been launched with a noble objective of providing universal health coverage in J&K and passed strict directions to CMO to achieve 100% coverage under the scheme.

“He further directed for sensitizing the people about the benefits of the schemes, besides speeding up the process of distribution of Golden cards,” he said.

While reviewing the COVID-19 containment efforts of the District Administration, the LG, as per the official spokesperson directed the Deputy Commissioner to take all precautionary measures, especially in view of Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra and to ensure that COVID-19 appropriate behaviour is adopted by the people in the district. He also laid special emphasis on making serious efforts to intensify testing and vaccination.

“The Lt Governor also reviewed the status of staff strength of the Health Department, especially Doctors and stressed on rationalizing the human resources for providing better healthcare services to all,” he said.

“While reviewing the functioning of Jal Shakti department, the Lt Governor directed the said department to complete all the projects taken up under languishing and other schemes in stipulated time period,” he added.

The official spokesperson further said that the LG observed that under Jal Jeevan Mission, Government is targeting to provide piped water supply (Har Ghar Nal se Jal) to every household and called upon all the stakeholders to complement Government’s efforts for its effective implementation on ground.

“During the meeting, threadbare discussion was also held on development and growth of the industrial sector in the district. The Lt Governor directed the Deputy Commissioner to submit a comprehensive plan for the establishment of Industrial estate in Ramban,” he said.

“He also passed specific directions to the District Administration to identify suitable land for establishing Solid Waste Management plants,” he added.

He further said that Sinha also directed the functionaries of Rural Development Department to take comprehensive measures for the timely completion of Panchayat Ghars, besides starting the work on newly sanctioned infrastructure to facilitate the PRI representatives.

“With a view to extending hand-holding to the young Entrepreneurs who are interested in starting their own business ventures, the Lt Governor instructed the Lead Bank Manager to ensure loan facility being made available to youth identified during the Back to Village programme,” he added.

Emphasizing on strengthening the e-Governance ecosystem, Sinha, as per the official spokesperson called for regular updating of all Government departments’ websites with latest information. He further asked the officers to acquaint themselves with all online services being made available for the ease of the people.

The LG, he said, while reviewing the Power Sector, directed the Executive Engineer JPDCL to ensure metering of every household, besides collecting pending revenue (Electricity bills) from consumers. He also took stock of transformers repairing and maintenance status in the district.

As per the official spokesperson the LG also took a detailed review of the progress under Social welfare, ICDS, NRLM, Fisheries, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Agriculture, Horticulture & allied sectors, public services, Aadhar seeding with ration cards, besides implementation of developmental projects under Back to Village programmes.

“The Lt Governor also reviewed the security scenario of the district. While presenting a report on security issues, SSP Ramban, PD Nitya apprised the Lt Governor with a security plan besides highlighting the importance of creating new police units in various parts of the district,” he said.

Earlier, Mussarat Islam, Deputy Commissioner Ramban gave a detailed overview of the development scenario in the district.

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