LG reviews development scenario of Srinagar

Srinagar, Sep 4: Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha took a detailed review of overall developmental scenario of Srinagar in meeting here on Friday. He took stock of the various developmental projects being undertaken by different agencies and the impact of various centrally sponsored schemes being implemented in the district.

Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary gave a power point presentation outlining the brief profile of the district and various developmental indicators to the LG. He also informed the LG about the status of various centrally sponsored schemes being implemented in the district.

He also briefed the LG about various innovations and milestones achieved by the administration. He informed the meeting that 10 modern revenue offices were getting ready by end of September, besides achieving 100% completion of Jamabandi updation and 89% digitization of the same to date. He said specific interventions have been made in education and health sector to improve the overall scenario in the district.

At least 25 smart schools have been established and work was going on in additional 50 schools for smart classrooms. Further, five PHCs have been developed as Smart Hospitals and at present 4,000-bedded COVID Care Centers have been established. Laying stress on Grievance Redressal Mechanism, the district has established the UT’s first IVRS Call center for public grievance redressal in which around 12,000 tickets stand generated to this date and more than 8,300 issues related to services have been resolved.

The LG directed immediate capacity enhancement of COVID care beds and called for achieving 100% saturation in all centrally sponsored and social security schemes so that larger population can avail the maximum benefits out of these schemes and programmes. He also directed to ensure that 100 % payment with Aadhaar linkage was done to benefit the beneficiaries under social security schemes.

He exhorted upon the officers to lay special focus on improving the prompt service delivery mechanism for the timely disposal of public grievances. Every possibility should be explored in meeting the developmental expectations of the people, he remarked.

Later, the LG took stock of the various projects for Housing, Urban Transport, and Srinagar Smart City Mission. Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department, Dheeraj Gupta gave a detailed presentation of the various ongoing projects being executed by field agencies. He briefed the LG about the new Townships coming up in twin capital cities and the plan to construct one lakh houses in each of the two metropolitan regions.

He informed that the requisite institutional revamp has been undertaken and the two new MRDAs have been notified for planned and coordinated development of the two capital cities.

Taking note of the delays in the execution of developmental projects, the LG called for a formal policy for incentivizing the timely completion of projects. On Smart City projects, the LG was apprised that 15 projects have been completed, 20 are ongoing and four stand tendered.

The LG stressed upon the officials to speed up the pace of work on all ongoing projects so that the completed projects can be commissioned for public use at the earliest. He asked officers to conduct regular on-site reviews to resolve all bottlenecks, besides achieving a high level of inter-departmental synergy.