In a major decision aimed at decongesting Islamabad (Anantnag) town from ever-increasing vehicular traffic, Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed Saturday sanctioned Rs 9.51 crore for immediate construction of Bypass Road from Mehndikadal to Ashajipora.
He also set a deadline of December-end this year to the Public Works Department for completing the 2.1 km road stretch.
Mufti Sayeed made this announcement while undertaking an extensive tour of Islamabad (Anantnag) and Bijbehara today, during which he visited Government Women's and Boys Degree Colleges Anantnag&Bijbehara, Polytechnic College Larkipora, Government Boys & Girls Higher Secondary Schools at Ranibagh, Brakpora and Bijbehara, Government District, Maternity and Childcare and Rehmat-e-Alam Hospitals, Ranibagh, Sherbagh and Dara Shikoh Gardens, ZiaratShariefReshmalSaheb and Kabba Marg and the Bar Association Chambers at Anantnag Court Complex.
Minister for Horticulture, Haj &Auqaf, A. R. Veeri, Minister for Public Works, Floriculture, Gardens & Parks, Syed AltafBukhari, MP, NazirAhamdLaway, MLA, Dooru, Farooq Andrabi, MLA, Kokernag, Abdul Rahim Rather, former MP, Mehboob Beg, former MLAs, Rafi Mir and PeerzadaManzoorHussain and South Kashmir Coordinator, Sajad Mufti, accompanied the Chief Minister.
Describing roads as the critical infrastructure around which overall development revolves, the Chief Minister sanctioned Rs. 9.51 crore for immediate construction of Mehndikadal-Ashajipora Bypass Road, which will provide alternate access to heavy vehicular traffic, thus easing congestion in the main town. The bypass will be completed by the PWD by the end of this year.
Mufti Sayeed also passed directions to Minister for Public Works to immediately macadamize roads within the main town, schools as well as college premises.
During his visit to Bar Association Chambers at District Court Complex, the Chief Minister sanctioned Rs five lakh for purchase of new law books and referrals for the library. He said he will also explore optimal use of old SSP office building.
Welcoming Mufti Sayeed, the Bar Association demanded setting up of one bench of High Court that sits in Anantnag once a week, courts of Additional District & Sessions Judge and Munsiff, creation of a Railway Tribunal as well as Labour Court.
Emphasizing upon improving the quality of education in the Government institutions so that they become institutes of excellence, Mufti Sayeed announced introduction of biometric system of attendance to ensure punctuality among students and teachers, continuous evaluation system and setting up of smart rooms through e-learning. He also asked Director School Education to assess the requirement of four boys and girls higher secondary schools at Ranibagh, Brakpora and Bijbehara for their up-gradation to the level of Model Schools.
The Chief Minister also passed directions for rationalizing the staff, upgrading science and computer laboratories as well as developing skills of students in spoken English.
During his visit to Women's Degree College, Anantnag, Mufti Sayeed inspected the college premises, including the playground, and asked the Principal to promote sporting activities in a big way by organizing inter-college competitions in popular sports disciplines.
At Boys Degree College Khanabal, the Principal of the College handed over a cheque of Rs 1,33,350 towards the Chief Minister's Flood Relief Fund.
While visiting Government Girls Higher Secondary School Ranibagh, Mufti Sayeed praised the skill of students in exquisite craft work in making of bags, gift packs and apparels. He stressed upon the Principal to inculcate among students advantages of vocational training and extra-curricular activities.
During his visit to Ranibagh Garden, the Chief Minister issued directions to Minister for Floriculture, Gardens and Parks to merge the historic garden with SherBagh so that it is developed as a major tourist attraction. He also asked Chief Engineer R&B to macadamize the road leading to Ranibagh. Director Tourism Kashmir was asked to ensure illumination of the garden premises.
While visiting Dara ShikohBagh at Bijbehara, Mufti Sayeed called upon Director Tourism to spruce up the lawns exquisitely so that it becomes main source of recreation for tourists and locals.
Earlier, the Chief Minister visited the Government District Hospital Anantnag where he was briefed about the functioning of the newly-constructed additional blocks by the CMO. He issued directions for immediately drawing up a list of high-tech machines and requirement of consultants so that patients don't have to go to tertiary hospitals like SKIMS for advanced treatment and referrals.
The Chief Minister also visited Maternity and Childcare and Rehmat-e-Alam Hospitals during his tour. For Rehmat-e-Alam Hospital, he said he will soon call a meeting to explore its taking up as an institute of advanced medical treatment.
During his visit to ZiaratSharief, ReshmolSaheb and Kaba Marg, Mufti Sayeed issued directions to Director Tourism Kashmir and Chief Engineer R&B to prepare detailed plans for constructing separate washrooms and lavatory blocks for women pilgrims as well as renovating the wazukhanas. He also paid a visit to NagbalPrabandhak Committee Indernag where he asked Director Tourism to develop the YatriKhana to facilitate the devotees.
The Chief Minister also inspected a few sites during his tour for setting up of the proposed Medical College at Anantnag.
Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, GazzanfarHussain, IGP Kashmir, SMJ Geelani, DIGs of SKR and Traffic Police, Director Tourism, Kashmir & MD JKTDC, Director Colleges, Director School Education, Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag and Chief Engineers of I&FC & R&B, besides several other senior officers were also present on the occasion.