DODA: On the second day of her visit to the Chenab region, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday reached Doda from Kishtwar and convened a public grievances redress camp here.
The Chief Minister had convened a similar camp on Saturday at Kishtwar.
Legislators of the district were present on the occasion. The demands put forth during the day-long camp included construction of Doda-Kapran road via Dessa to connect the district with Kashmir Valley, installation of street lights in the towns, and promotion of Doda and Bhaderwah on the tourism map of the state. Demands also included setting up of a skill development institute for training manpower for the upcoming power projects in the region, establishment of a women’s college in the town, and early completion of Ganpat Bridge.
Several deputations from Doda and Bhaderwah towns sought promotion of these areas as tourist destinations. In particular they demanded promotion of Lal Draman and Dal Draman areas. They also demanded a ban on tree felling in the area and the launching of an anti-encroachment drive by the district administration.
The chief minister directed release of Rs 35 lakh for installation of street lights in the towns of Doda, Bhaderwah and Thathri.
A deputation from Marmat area demanded construction of Humbal-Dedni road, setting up of a herbal research centre, and establishment of micro projects over Raggi nallah.
A deputation from Bhalessa sought intervention of the chief minister in redressing problems in power distribution in the area.
The chief minister announced release of Rs 50 lakh for construction of a receiving station at Kilotran to address the power distribution issues of the adjoining areas.
Several deputations from Thathri demanded improvement in drinking water facilities and upgrade of road networks. The CM announced release of Rs 20 lakh for upgrade of three roads in the area.
A deputation from Kastigarh sought repairs of the Kastigarh irrigation canal and upgrade of the Kastigarh-Daru road. The CM directed repairs of the canal and announced Rs 5 lakh for improvement of the Kastigarh-Daru road.
The chief minister also announced release of Rs 30 lakh for completion of Etwas water supply scheme in Jodhpur area and Rs 10 lakh for renovating the Community Centre building for housing the local school. She also announced release of Rs 5 lakh for upkeep of Gatti-Gulaka road. She announced release of Rs 10 lakh for constructing the building of Dessa Higher Secondary School.
A deputation from Assar demanded construction of road from Assar to Thanda Pani and inclusion of Patta village under electrification. The CM directed release of Rs 5 lakh for the road construction and directed that Patta village be covered under the electrification programme.
A deputation from Bhaderwah demanded early construction of Bhaderwah-Chamba and Bhaderwah-Basohli roads.
A deputation of specially-abled persons sought adherence to the reservation quota and organising of special training courses for them.
Deputations of traders, engineers, youth groups and people from areas like Gandoh, Marmat, Bhalessa, Kastigarh, Beoli, Bhagwa met the chief minister and sought redress of their grievances.
The chief minister listened to the demands of the deputations throughout the day and it continued till late in the night. In many of the cases, Mehbooba gave on-spot directions for the redress of grievances.
Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal; Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr MK Bhandari; senior officers from the Chief Minister’s Secretariat and Planning Department; heads of several departments; Chiefs of many Engineering wings; Deputy Commissioner Doda, Bhawani Rakwal; SSP Doda Mohammad Shabir; and officers of the district administration were present on the occasion.
With this, Mehbooba has so far conducted such programmes at 12 districts of Pulwama, Anantnag, Kulgam, Kupwara, Budgam, Baramulla, Bandipora and Ganderbal in Kashmir Valley and Ramban, Samba, Kathua and Kishtwar districts in Jammu province.