Nirmal Singh inaugurates footbridge at Katli village

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KATHUA: Speaker Legislative Assembly Nirmal Singh on Sunday dedicated 101 meter steel footbridge constructed over Bheeni Nallah to the people here at village Katli of Billawar. The work of the bridge has been constructed by R&B department at an estimated cost of Rs 69 lakhs.
Describing bridges as key component of rural infrastructure, the Speaker said that such small bridges (footbridge) prove path breaking in overcoming the distance and adding value to life of people living in remote, inaccessible and areas with tough terrain.
Meanwhile, Singh listened to people’s issues at a public grievance redress camp at village Marhoon. The locals sought repair of existing and construction of new roads, augmentation of PHE and PDD infra, posting of adequate government staff and Higher Secondary School at Marhoon.
The camp was convened by the Speaker as part of his public outreach programme to get first hand appraisal of local problems and give people a feel of good governance.
For immediate relief to the water stressed areas in the vicinity, Nirmal Singh announced Rs 4 lakh out of his CDF for augmentation of PHE infra.
He also assured to resolve the issues raised by the people on priority. He said that extending basic amenities to the people living in far off places was the prime concern of the state dispensation. He informed that several PMGSY road projects have been initiated to improve road connectivity and promote tourism in remote areas.
Listing projects started in Billawar, the Speaker said that roads from Billawar to Sukrala and Phinter to Billawar, besides Katli to Marhoon, the work on which is under progress, when completed, will prove a game changer in providing connectivity as well as promoting tourism in this highly potential region.
A team of officers comprising ADC Billawar, Joginder Singh Rai, Tehsildar, SDPO, XENs, Dy.CEO, DYSSO, TSO and other division level officers were present on this occasion.