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Jammu Tawi barrage to be ready in one year: LG


SRINAGAR, Jul 19: In order to improve water supply position in UT, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha today passed important and strict directions to the Jal Shakti Department during a meeting he chaired to review the functioning of said Department here at Civil Secretariat.

Speaking on the Government's endeavour to develop Tawi riverfront on the lines of Sabarmati Riverfront, the Lt Governor said that the prestigious project will change the face of Jammu and open up new avenues for tourism development. We need to make committed efforts for the speedy completion of all the other important water projects which are connected with the development of Tawi Riverfront, the Lt Governor said. In this regard, the Lt Governor set a deadline of one year for the completion of Jammu Tawi Barrage.

The Lt Governor directed for the completion of the ongoing water supply works to all the Hospitals, Anganwadi Centres, and Schools across J&K by 15th August this year. Ensure no hospital, Anganwadi Centres, and schools in all districts of the UT shall remain without water availability, he added. Taking note of water scarcity in several villages in J&K, Lt Governor directed the officials of Jal Shakti Department to take immediate measures and address the issue.

"No individual, no village should be deprived of drinking water. The water crisis issue must be dealt with the spirit of service because clean and safe water is a basic human need. Strong action will be taken against officials if they fail to resolve it as quickly as possible", Lt Governor said. The Lt Governor observed that the Jal Jeevan Mission is the top priority of the Government of India and UT Government, and resolute efforts need to be made on the part of the Government functionaries and other stakeholders to turn this dream into reality.

Jal Shakti Department also needs to put special focus on increasing revenue realization. Responsibilities shall be fixed for the officers of the divisions with low revenue generation, said the Lt Governor. Directions were also passed to the department for submitting the pending Utilization Certificates (UCs) to the Government of India within 15 days.

M Raju, Commissioner Secretary, Jal Shakti Department briefed the chair about the functioning of the Department. He informed the meeting about the progress made so far under Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM); National Water Mission - Catch The Rain; Flood Management of Jehlum (PMDP); Flood Management Projects under FMBAP; Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayi Yojna (PMKSY/AIBP); Lift Irrigation Schemes; Minor Irrigation Schemes; Construction of Tawi Barrage; NABARD Funded Projects; JKIDFC Funded projects etc.

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