Div Com Jammu reviews progress of dev projects in Reasi

Calls for road safety audit, promotion of local craft

Divisional commissioner Jammu Sanjeev Verma on Tuesday took stock of developmental projects in Reasi, ordered road safety audit and promotion of local craft in the district, here at a review meeting.

He suggested developing heritage gardens around the district administration centre with plantation of traditional plant species. He also asked the district administration to train people in local handicraft to be sold to tourists at Katra.

The meeting was attended by deputy commissioner Prasanna Ramaswamy G and district heads of line departments.

The Div Com reviewed the performance under Capex budget 2018-19 and asked the district administration to conduct safety audit of roads and execute works according to best engineering practices and PMGSY norms, including carrying out cross–drainage works, which are vital for durability and longevity of roads.

He was informed that the district hospital complex will be completed by March 2020, although the OPD block has already been completed. Verma asked the district administration to develop a Sarai for attendants and play fields in each block by utilizing CSR funds being provided by companies executing national projects in the area.

The divisional commissioner also sought information about various span bridges being constructed in the district. He also directed the concerned to finish the languishing projects at the earliest. He was told that GDC at Dharmari is nearing completion with 70 percent construction already competed. He also reviewed progress under centrally sponsored schemes.

Earlier, the Div Com, along with deputy commissioner, gave away 4-wheeler scooters, provided by Social Welfare department, to the specially-abled persons. He asked the beneficiaries to follow traffic rules and always wear helmet while driving.