J&K Urban Population Growing, Need Smart Solutions: LG

Says Cities Can Be Transformed Into Vibrant Urban Economic Centres With Active Public Participation

New Delhi- Asserting that the urban population is growing at a rapid pace and there is a need for smart and sustainable solutions to urban challenges, the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Saturday called on officers involved in Jan Abhiyan to involve people in various initiatives like decongestion, rejuvenation and beautification of the cities.

An official spokesperson said that the LG made these remarks while chairing a meeting to review an ongoing public outreach programme in urban local bodies, ‘My Town My Pride’.

“My Town, My Pride, aims to deliver public services at doorsteps, build developmental initiatives on the feedback, cooperation and participation from people and strengthen strong and vibrant local self-governance,” the LG said.

He emphasized that Jan-Bhagidari is the key pillar of development and essential for economic and cultural rejuvenation of the cities.

“Urban population is growing at a rapid pace and there is a need for smart and sustainable solutions to urban challenges. The officers involved in Jan Abhiyan must involve people in various initiatives like decongestion, rejuvenation and beautification of the cities. Together, with active participation of the public, we can transform cities into vibrant urban economic centres,” Sinha said.

‘My Town My Pride’ has 7 action plans – City Resource Mobilization/Finance Plan, City Livelihood Plan, City Smart Vending Plan, Green City Plan, City Tourism & Culture Plan, City Beautiful Plan, Plan for Encroachment Free City, for all 78 Urban Local Bodies.

“It is the responsibility of every officer to ensure integrated development concepts and its execution,” the LG said. He also made valuable suggestions to improve urban sustainability, quality of life and urban welfare.

“We must work on brand positioning of the cities as each city has its own unique cultural identity and heritage. We should also prepare a comprehensive plan to strengthen Urban Local Self-Governance, creating resources and to foster more inclusion and sustainability for future challenges,” Sinha said.

The LG directed the Housing and Urban Development Department to work out a strategy for revenue generation and implementation of master plans of the cities to meet the needs of the growing population.

“Old cities beautification plan, small initiatives like similar Address Boards, Paintings, Shops in uniform color, municipal beauty competitions; City cleanliness program; beatification of parks must be implemented with public participation,” he added.

Sinha also passed directions regarding extension of Digital services; streamlining revenue and other public services.

“Only the collaborative efforts of the public, elected representatives and administration can steer the development process and ensure resolution of the day to day problems of the people,” the LG added.

During the meeting, Administrative Secretaries; Divisional Commissioners; Deputy Commissioners and SSPs briefed the chair on the efforts being made to saturate the deliverables and achieve the set targets under ‘My Town My Pride’ programme.

The official spokesperson said that the chair was informed on the measures taken for the saturation of City Livelihood Mission. He said a target has been set to select 25 youths for self-employment from each ward.

“An Open Forum involving the educational institutions to spread awareness on digital services and other important aspects of the governance is being organized,” he said, adding that the meeting was also informed that the City Development Index is also on the cards.

On 5th and 6th December, the Prabhari Officers will go to their identified areas and establish direct communication with the common citizens.

Chairs Meeting Of Amarnath Shrine Board

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Saturday that his administration is committed to ensure hassle-free pilgrimage experience for the devotees visiting the cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir.

He made these remarks while chairing the 43rd meeting of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), an official spokesperson said.

At the outset, he said, all the board members appreciated the successful conduct of this year’s annual pilgrimage to Amarnath cave shrine, which witnessed the highest footfall of Yatris.

He said that the meeting also held in-depth discussion on various ongoing and upcoming projects.

“The board was informed that the restoration and maintenance of both the stretch of yatra track has been handed over to BRO for efficient and timely disposal,” the spokesperson said.

The meeting, he said, was apprised about upcoming yatri niwas at different locations to increase the holding capacity of the devotees at prominent places across the route, which was highly appreciated by the board members.
During the meeting, he said, directions were issued for early preparation of all the Yatra related works and ensuring its allotment by March 2023.

On the occasion, the spokesperson said, Prof. Mandeep Singh of School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi gave a PowerPoint presentation on the project proposal for Yatri Niwas & Disaster management Centre to be constructed at Village Majjeen, Jammu.

The members of SASB also shared their valuable views and suggestions.
Rahul Singh, Additional CEO SASB put forth the agenda items before the Board.

The board members who attended the meet included Swami Avdheshanand Giri Ji Maharaj; D. C. Raina; Kailash Mehra Sadhu; K. N. Rai; K.N. Shrivastava; Pitambar Lal Gupta; Dr. Shailesh Raina; Prof Vishwamurti Shastri; Manju Garg- Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary and Vijay Kumar Bidhuri, Principal Resident Commissioner.

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