Meets civil society, fruit growers association and traders federation
SHOPIAN: To discuss important issues concerning district Shopian, a meeting was convened with various stakeholders wherein District Development Commissioner (DDC) Shopian, Mohammad Aijaz interacted with members of civil society, fruit growers association and traders federation here Wednesday at Circuit House, a press note issued here read.
In the meeting, which was first of its kind since the DDC assumed charge, President Traders Federation, Ghulam Nabi Turray and President Fruit Growers Association, Mohammad Amin Peer apprised the Commissioner about various developmental issues in the district.
They proposed for time bound installation of street lights in the town and widening and macadamization/black topping of several important roads and link roads, including Shopian-Bijbehara and Shopian-Habdipora roads. According to the note, both the presidents pressed upon the up-gradation of Sub-district Hospital to District Hospital so that the hospital gets staff as per the sanction strength of a district hospital. “The quality of drinking water is very poor and the concerned department is compromising with the health of residents,” it added.
They sought immediate completion of Dubjian Water Source Extension Scheme so that clean drinking water was made available to public. The issue of timely completion of Shopian Fruit Mandi was also taken up in the meeting. The problems of street vendors were also discussed in detail and all the members in the meeting unanimously proposed for identification of a suitable market place, which could provide for “sustainable solution to the problem and also ease the burden on the town streets”.
They called for taking up the issue of traffic jam in the town at priority. The DDC was informed of the immense annual contribution to the tune of Rs. 9000 crores that district makes in the state economy and the low budgetary allocation made for the district in every plan.
“Look into this grave issue and project to higher authorities for enhanced budgetary allotments so that the district cam evolve as model district in terms of development and growth,” the gathering further pressed upon the DDC.
In his address, the DDC assured that efforts would be made at all fronts to deal with all the issues raised during the meeting. Identifying the district with its immense potential in horticulture sector, the DDC called upon the youth to register their contribution in the sector.
“Take advantage of various government initiatives/schemes and set up cold storage and fruit processing units relevant to the resources of the district,” he said adding that all the stake holders in that regard shall be facilitated by the district administration.