Jammu: Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta Wednesday reviewed the progress of projects related to the Tawi River Front Development and implementation of the Bharat Net scheme in Jammu and Kashmir.
An official spokesman in a statement issued here said that giving details of the Tawi River Front project, Administrative Secretary, U&DD said that under phase I of the project, the first 2.7-km stretch from Bhagwati Nagar Bridge to the Bikram Chowk Bridge, including the central island and riverfronts on both sides of River Tawi would be developed while the 4.3-km stretch beyond the Bikram Chowk Bridge would be taken up later under phase II.
Stating that the project had the potential to give a major facelift to Jammu city, Mehta directed the department to speed up the execution of the project so that an artificial pond in River Tawi was created by April 2022.
It was informed that the DPR for the phase I project at Rs 194 crore had been finalised and the tender was expected to be floated within days.
It was informed that the project may take a year to a year and a half for completion.
Reviewing the implementation of the Bharat Broadband scheme in J&K in rural areas, it was informed that 408 Gram Panchayats and 14 block headquarters had been provided with a reliable internet connection through optical fiber cable while 658 Gram Panchayats had been VSAT-enabled for internet connectivity.