Creative thinking, detailed analysis needed to complete languishing PHE, I&FC projects: Sharma

Creative thinking, detailed analysis needed to complete languishing PHE, I&FC projects: Sharma
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Reviews drinking water scenario, River Tawi Barrage Project

JAMMU: Advisor to Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma on Thursday stressed on preparing a comprehensive plan for augmentation of water supply across the state besides setting the time line for covering of the partially covered habitation.
Sharma was speaking while reviewing the progress under Public Health Engineering (PHE) and Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) sectors in a meeting here at Civil Secretariat.
He asked for upgrading the technology used in functioning of tube wells and labs and also enquired about the standard of WSS and quality control mechanism.
The advisor had a detailed review on the overall functioning of the PHE and I&FC department and assessed the drinking water scenario in J&K, revenue realisation, status of major projects, languishing projects and several other ongoing projects and schemes under different heads. He also reviewed the current status of River Tawi Barrage Project, an official handout read.
Sharma enquired about the implementation of schemes for covering the water deficit across the state and asked for preparing a timeline for their completion. He instructed the concerned to review every scheme and to prepare a bar chart for the same. He said the engineering department is the backbone of PHE and directed the chief engineers to review the workload to ensure proper quality of water, read the handout.
While reviewing the drinking water scenario in the state, he was informed that the water deficit of Jammu is 17.74 MGD (urban) and 25.48 MGD (rural). In Kashmir, the deficit is 5.00 MGD (urban) and 10.00 MGD (rural) and in Ladakh, the deficit is 0.46 MGD (urban) and 1.67 MGD (rural), making it a total deficit of 60.35 MGD across the state.
The advisor was also informed about the status of major programmes of PHE sectors including National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP), Rural Water Supply Schemes funded by NABARD, urban schemes funded under LIC loan assistance and languishing projects funded by JKIDFC, it read.
“Under NRDWP, a flagship programme funded by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, GoI on 90:10 basis, a total of 9,292 habitations out of the rural population of 15,958 habitations are getting safe drinking water at 40 LPCD and 6,666 habitations are partially covered with the varying service level,” the handout read.
Sharma was also informed about the physical and financial target achievements under NRDWP, LIC and NABARD.
About languishing projects funded by JKIDFC, it was informed that a total of 276 schemes were approved in Jammu and 283 in Kashmir. The advisor said that creative thinking and detailed analysis needs to be done for completion of languishing projects.
He also enquired about the status of major projects including water supply scheme (WSS) for pilgrim town Katra from Dhansar Nallah (costing Rs 56.05 crore), Water Supply to AIIMS, Vijaypur (costing Rs 8.95 crore), water supply to AIIMS, Awantipora costing Rs 10.84 crore), drinking water facilities to the Central University Jammu (costing Rs 11.42 crore), Water Supply Scheme Sopore, Tangnar and Yaripora town.
The meeting was briefed about the status of mega projects under I&FC sector including Shahpur Kandi Barrage costing Rs 3,200 crore, UJH Barrage – multipurpose project costing Rs 4,750 crore, Comprehensive Flood Management of River Jhelum Phase I ( Rs 399.29 crore) and Phase II (Rs 1,684.60 crore) besides several other programmes under implementation including Long Term Irrigation Fund (LTIF), Pradhan Mantri Krishi SinchaiYojna (PMKSY) , Flood Management Programme (FMP), NABARD funded I&FC schemes and dredging work, the handout read further.
While reviewing the status of River Tawi Barrage Project, Sharma was informed that the expenditure on the said project till date is Rs 58.18 crore out of the allotted fund of Rs 69.70 crore with 86% of work executed till March 2018. The advisor asked the concerned departments and executing agencies to work in a coordinated manner to efficiently execute the works, it added.