Depriving People From Benefits Of Public Projects A Crime: LG Sinha

Srinagar- Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Tuesday that depriving common people from the benefits of public projects is a crime and that the benefits of the development works must percolate to every citizen.

Sinha made these remarks after inaugurating nine projects of Jhelum & Tawi Flood Recovery Project (JTFRP) funded by the World Bank, an official spokesperson said.

“Depriving common people from the benefits of public projects is a crime. The benefits of the development works must percolate to every citizen. Available resources and funds must be utilized to meet people’s aspirations,” Sinha said.

The LG, as per the spokesperson said that the new projects will have a positive impact on the lives of people, while strengthening disaster management system in J&K.

“It is our commitment to rapidly modernize infrastructure and ensure ease of living for the people,” the LG said, while dedicating new projects to the public.

“Many infrastructure projects of JTFRP, which were stalled for years, have been completed. It will pave way for rapid expansion and modernization of far-flung areas, strengthening of rural healthcare and enabling emergency service department for effective response,” he added.

The LG, as per the spokesperson said that installation of 29 Oxygen Generation Plants in CHCs and SDHs of various remote areas of the UT will add 11,000 LPM to the existing capacity.

“The vital road projects will strengthen road connectivity to flood-prone areas and provide the people living there with faster and improved access to markets, health and educational facilities. Besides, Decision Support System, Multi Hazard Risk Assessment Report & Disaster Risk Database, and Upgraded Building Codes for J&K will improve the disaster management response in J&K,” the LG said.

The LG, according to the spokesperson, directed J&K ERA and JTFRP to identify left out bridges and roads damaged during 2014 floods and take up their upgradation and construction works on priority.

“Experts must be deputed to conduct a detailed study, make necessary interventions and find solutions to develop a strong Disaster Risk Mitigation mechanism for Jhelum and Tawi River,” Sinha said.

Taking an overview of the functioning of JTFRP, the spokesperson said that the LG was informed that during the last two years, 132 sub-projects under World Bank funded JTFRP out of the total of 213 sub-projects costing Rs 428.79 cr have been completed, while work on remaining 81 sub-projects is in advanced stage of execution.

“Implementation of JTFRP has witnessed a dramatic turnaround with 90% of procurement and 80% of disbursements under the project having been undertaken during the year 2020-21 as against 10% of procurement and 20% disbursements achieved during the initial four years of the project i.e. from 2016-19, it was informed,” he added.

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