CEO ERA inspects WB funded works worth Rs 235 Crores

SRINAGAR: As part of the continuous monitoring of the works Chief Executive Officer, J&KERA Dr Syed Abid Rasheed Shah Tuesday inspected progress of work on various infrastructure projects having a cumulative cost of Rs 235 crores being executed by the J&KERA under the various components of the World Bank funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project. These sub-projects will directly benefit millions of people across J&K.
During the site inspection of work on the Construction of Pumping stations at Lalmandi, Dr Syed Abid Rasheed Shah was informed that the work on the sub-project is being executed as part of the Strengthening of the Urban Flood Management component of the World Bank funded JTFRP and includes the revamping of (49) Storm water pumping stations in Srinagar City which had suffered massive damages to civil structure and electro-mechanical equipment’s during floods of 2014. It was said that sub-project will benefit more than 12 lac people living in Srinagar city
The sub-project is being executed by Srinagar Municipal Corporation as PIU (Project Implementation Unit) at a cost of Rs 103 crores and involves the construction of new pump house buildings above the highest flood level recorded in 2014 and also includes the installation of new electrical and mechanical equipment’s in these pump houses..
It was added that the unique feature of the sub-project is the installation of submersible pumps which can even operate in submerged conditions. These pumping stations will also be provided with 24×7 supply of electricity and backed up with high capacity diesel set generators. These pumping stations along with the remaining pumping stations in Srinagar City are also being connected with the SCADA system which can be operated remotely from the SCADA Control Room Building which is being constructed by JKERA at Ompura,Budgam
CEO ERA asked the engineers of PIU and executing agencies to strictly adhere to quality control parameters and also ensure completion of work within the set timelines.
Dr Abid also visited the Rs 14.04 Crore Composite Market Centre of Silk and Rs4.50 Cr Wool at Rajbagh and Bemina which have been completed under the World Bank funded JTFRP .Both of these plants have also been provided with the latest silk and wool weaving and preparatory machines like Rapier looms, 2 for 1 twisters, Boilers etc. at a cumulative cost of Rs. 28.49 Crores
It was given out that strengthening of the infrastructure in the two heritage factories has greatly helped in the revival of the traditional cottage industries in J&K and directly benefited more than 60,000 artisans associated with the traditional crafts in J&K.
CEO ERA/JTFRP also inspected the progress of work on the construction of Administrative block and central store building at Fire & Emergency Services headquarters, Batmaloo, Srinagar. The building is being constructed at a cost of Rs 9.07 crores and executed by PWD(R&B) Kashmir as Project implementation Unit.
CEO, ERA directed the R&B to strictly adhere to the social safeguard measures at site with due compliance to the project timelines
During visit to the Fire & Emergency headquarters, Batmallovarious equipment’s like Proximity jackets, Cutter, combi tools, ramps, hydraulic jacks , fire entry suits, breathing apparatus sets, waterjet blankets, (17 No) Quick Response Vehicles , (17 No)Multipurpose Fire tenders , (9 No) Regular Fire Tenders at a cumulative cost of Rs 14.48 crores provided to the F&E Dept. under the World Bank funded JTFRP were shown to the CEO ERA and demonstration of these various equipments were made by on the occasion. Project will benefit entire population of the J&K
Later Dr Abid also visited the site for the construction of State of Art Additional Hospital Building at Bone & Joints Hospital, Barzulla, which is being undertaken at a cost of Rs 89 Crores .
Iftikhar Ahmad Wani, Director Technical, JTFRP informed the CEO that the considerable progress has been achieved on the construction of the superstructure of the state of art building which has G+4 structure with modern earthquake resilient technology, the upgradation involves the construction of modular operation theatres ,laminar flow system, TSSU (Theatre Sterile Supply Unit), ICU, Pre & Post Operation care wards , CSSD (Central Sterile Supply Department) , specialized laundry, pneumatic tube system and waste collection system . The sub-project will benefit almost entire population of the Kashmir Division being the only dedicated orthopaedic hospital in Kashmir Division and some parts of Jammu Division,
CEO ERA asked the NPCC (National Project ConstructionCorporation) which is executing work to further expedite progress of work on the project to ensure that work is completed within set timelines.
Director, Finance, JKERA, Project Manager, Hydraulic, and Project Manager, Transport also accomapined CEOERA/JTFRP during his site visit

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