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Jhelum water transport to start from June 28: Div Com

SRINAGAR

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan today said that the government will start the water transport in river Jhelum from June 28, 2018.

The Divisional Commissioner made this direction in an extensive meeting with senior officers from across the Kashmir valley to review the steps taken to streamline the traffic in the Kashmir Division.

The meeting was informed that Irrigation & Flood Control had made a proposal of Rs 2.20 crores for the construction of additional river ghats while as Rs 35 lacs for the repair of old river ghats. The process of estimation for the lightening of river ghats was already completed by PDD. The day service of water transport will be started on the said date.

The Divisional Commissioner directed DC Srinagar, Tourism, JKTDC and Irrigation and Flood Control departments to finalize the route wise rates for the water transport in river Jhelum within four days so that the service will be started on June 28, 2018without any difficulty.

It was further informed that UEED had made a proposal of Sewage treatment Plant for Raj Bagh at an estimated cost of Rs 7 crores while as from Fateh Kadal to Zaina Kadal at Rs 10 crores respectively.

While reviewing the progress of road marking, installation of signage’s and mobile toilets, he directed concerned officers to submit a complete report to the Divisional Commissioner’s office within a week.

During the meeting a proposal submitted by Traffic Advisor to Government was also discussed, to which Divisional Commissioner said that government has marked two days a week (Saturday & Sunday) for Pedestrian Show which means that vendor market will remain open on these two days from TRC to Exhibition Ground. In these days no traffic will ply on these routes.

He asked Traffic Advisor to identify specific parking areas, capacity of vehicles, total number of vendors and area occupancy by those vendors and do other mapping work on ground in coordination with traffic police, local SHO and SMC so that Pedestrian Show become a big success for streamlining a traffic in the main business hub of the city.

The Divisional Commissioner also constituted a Sub-Committee of Traffic Advisor to Government, DC Srinagar, SMC Commissioner, Joint Transport Commissioner and SSP Traffic. The committee will discuss all directions of the Divisional Commissioner in threadbare and send the compliance report to him immediately so that all bottlenecks will be cleared to streamline the traffic in the Kashmir Division.

Chief Engineers of R&B, UEED, VC SDA, Joint Commissioner SMC, RTO Kashmir, Deputy Director Tourism, SE R&B, SE LAWDA, SE Mechanical, SE PDD and other concerned officers were present in the meeting whileas joint transport commissioner participated via video conferencing.

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