KULGAM: Continuing her Public Outreach programme, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday reached Kulgam district for a two-day visit. A grievances redress camp had been convened for her visit here and the chief minister listened to scores of deputations and hundreds of people who told her of their problems.
Advisor to the Chief Minister, Prof Amitabh Mattoo, Member of Parliament Nazir Ahmad Laway, legislators and former legislators of the district were present on the occasion.
The deputations that met the chief minister thanked her for reaching out to people to know their problems and addressing them on the spot.
The demands put forth by the deputations during the day-long programme included construction of protection bunds on the Vaishow nallah, opening of fire service stations, augmentation of drinking water schemes, and strengthening of road network and health facilities in the district.
A deputation of civil society demanded upgrade of the town library, upgrade of the Middle School Chawalgam to a high school, a civil services coaching for youth during winters, introduction of courses in more trades at the local ITI, upgrade and widening of the Wanpoh-Chawalgam-Ahrabal, Chawalgam-Sangas and Tamil Okey-Chawalgam roads, and introduction of agro-tourism in some specific villages.
The chief minister ordered that street lights be installed in Kulgam town by the end of December, a work that she asked the Deputy Commissioner to monitor. She also ordered introduction of more streams at the local ITI and announced a release of Rs 5 lakh for upgrading the local library and construction of an auditorium and slaughter house in the town.
Several deputations from Kund area demanded upgrade of High School Waltengoo, carving out of zones of horticulture, construction of Hakradan-Kanchloo, Batpora-Kraloo and Waripora-Chattergam bridges, and widening of YK Pora-Wasikhnag and Ruzulu-Chattergam-Nuboo roads. They also demanded shifting of maintenance of Ruzulu-Laad canal to the PMKSY. They sought completion of Panzgam Naar, Kachloo water supply scheme at the earliest.
The chief minister announced release of Rs 30 lakh for completion of the Water Supply Scheme of Panzgam Naar and directed its operationalisation by January end. She also announced release of Rs 30 lakh for strengthening the Water Supply Scheme of Ruzulu, Kund. She announced release of Rs 10 lakh for completing works on the road project from Hazrat Syed Soleh (RA) to Mashkund.
Several deputations from Devsar demanded construction of protection bunds along the Vaishow nallah to protect the adjoining villages from floods. They also sought stabilisation and maintenance of Maav, Noorabad, Mehndi and other canals in the area and operationalisation of the lift irrigation scheme at Devsar, besides opening of a fire service station in the town. They demanded macadamisation of roads in Devsar town besides upgrade of Agroo-Waril-Weerinar road.
The chief minister announced release of Rs 50 lakh for the early completion of Peth Devsar lift irrigation scheme. She also announced release of Rs 10 lakh each for developing playfields at Kellam and Devsar. She directed for early completion of work on the Ashmuji bridge.
A deputation of people from Qaimoh demanded construction of a stadium in the town, opening of a fire station, and cleaning and improvement of springs around the shrine of Hazrat Sheikh Noor ud Din Wali (RA). The CM announced release of Rs 10 lakh for carrying out the cleaning and improvement of springs near the shrine.
A deputation of fruit growers sought establishment of a CA store and truck terminal near the local fruit mandi. A deputation of residents of Gujjar areas raised the issue of construction and upgrade of YK Pora-Nagrus and Sofat-Mashkud-Masnad-Devsar roads, establishment of CAPD sales outlets in Gujjar habitations, establishment of a Sheep Centre at Ruzulu, and other issues.
Several deputations from Noorabad and Damhal Hanjipora areas demanded opening of a Tehsil Social Welfare office, funds for street lights in DH Pora and Manzgam, improvement of facilities at the local college, electrification of neglected areas, and augmentation of health facilities.
The chief minister announced release of Rs 10 lakh for installing street lights in Damhal Hanjpora and Mazgam towns. She also announced release of Rs 13 lakh for buying a bus for the local college and Rs 7 lakh for a new ambulance at the Damhal Hanjipora hospital.
A deputation of members of the Bar Association demanded construction of more chambers for lawyers, setting up of a court of Additional District Judge, space for setting up more courts, and upgrade of the Bar library.
Ordering the upgrade of the Bar library, the CM also directed exploring the possibility of construction of an auditorium in the town.
Many other deputations from all areas of the district met the chief minister and sought redress of their issues. The chief minister listened to the demands of throughout the day and the meetings continued till late in the night. In many cases, Mehbooba Mufti gave on-spot directions for redress of the issues.
So far, the CM has conducted public outreach programmes at Pulwama, Anantnag, Kupwara, Budgam and Baramulla districts and in Ramban, Samba and Kathua districts in Jammu province.