SRINAGAR: Minister for Revenue, Relief, Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Disaster Management, Abdul Rehman Veeri, on Tuesday said that development of infrastructure under Jhelum and Tawi Flood Recovery Project (JTFRP) would uplift economic profile of state, an official press note issued Wednesday read.
The minister said this during a meeting attended by CEO JTFRP Saurabh Bhagat, Secretary Housing and Urban Development Hardesh Kumar, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmed Khan, Development Commissioner PWD Bimal Tikoo, Managing Director JKPCC DaleepThusoo, Director Disaster Management Authority Aamir Ali, Director Technical Project Monitoring Unit JTFRP Iftikhar Ahmad Kakroo and other officers.
According to the press note, the minister asked the officials to speed up the formation of Type design and DPR for formulation of Emergency Operation Center over 50 kanals of land already identified.
“Setup infrastructure for proper functioning of government machinery during disasters besides camping of tents, men and machinery for deployment during disasters,” he asked the officers.
He sought details of projects worth Rs 459.74 crore being executed by R&B Department in Kashmir Division under JTFRP submitted for approval and asked for the status of other projects besides directing them to expedite the process of formulating DPR and tendering them out, the press note read.
The minister was also informed by JKPCC that work is in full swing on Trenz, Sheikhpora, Ruhmo Pulwama bridges and many other bridges in south and north Kashmir.
It was also informed that DPR was under process for mega Nowgam and Dood Ganga project.
The minister directed the CEO JTFRP to review the functioning of the project on weekly basis, asking all the concerned departments to appoint nodal officers for expediting developmental works.
“Gear up the needed resources and get approvals at a fast pace,” Veeri asked the officials. The project comes under the World Bank funded $250 million Jhelum and Tawi Flood Recovery Project.
Besides sticking to timeline, the minister asked the officials to “assign priority to works according to their flood damage assessment” so that they would be taken up according to the importance, the press note added.
In order to achieve the project objectives within the set timelines, he stressed on fast tracking the implementation of the project.
The officials informed the minister that implementation of the project was on track and DPR preparation and tendering process across all the components were being worked out well.
A PowerPoint presentation was also delivered by officials of ESRI company which specialises in providing consultation support to setup Emergency Operation Center (EOC) and Decision Support System (DSS) in preparation and mitigation of disaster management, the press note added.