Projects worth Rs 7651 cr cleared for 2 capital cities
22 November 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Time has come for taking realistic steps for rebuilding both Srinagar and Jammu cities as Greater cities respectively by enriching them with necessary infrastructure including sewerage facilities, water supply, better roads, developing slum areas, better solid waste management, introducing of Mass transportation including Metro system, protecting and developing heritage centres, shrines, temples and its vicinities, Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said today at a high level steering meeting. The committee took historical decision of approving all projects prepared by Housing and Urban Development department under JNNURM worth Rs 7651 crores for both cities. Both the cities will be taken as 'Mission cities' providing for augmentation of water resources, better treatment of water bodies, development of roads, bridges including widening of narrow lanes and by lanes so that the old cities gave a better look. Members of Legislative Assembly from Srinagar emphasized that historical background of Shari Khas should be kept in view, which was known city of seven bridges. MLA Ali Mohammad Sagar suggested that keeping in view the importance of Amir Kabir Sahi Hamdan (RA), the great and first Sofi Saint Bulbul Shah (RA) and Badshah Tom the project for making attractive corridor on the banks of river Jehlum may be made in such a fashion so that the entire area is earmarked as a heritage area while as Yogesh Sawhney emphasized for development of old parts of Jammu city and enhancement of funds for slum area development. The project besides development of entire Tawi envisaged development of Tawi Lake. MLA Mohammad Yaseen Shah emphasized in the meeting that besides immediate implementation of Asian Development Bank Projects, the plan should include development of those areas of Srinagar city where people have constructed houses in large numbers and need proper civic facilities. MLA Mubarak Gul expressed need of shifting garbage dumping site from Saidpora Iddgah. The Chief Minister advised to Secretary Housing & Urban Development Naseema Lankar and other senior officers to continuously monitor the clearance of priority projects so that work for both Srinagar and Jammu cities is started from first week of March. Several Ministers, legislators, Mayors and Corporators were among others who attended the meeting.