STATE TIMES NEWSKATHUA: Deputy Commissioner, Kathua, Dr Raghav Langer, on Monday reviewed the working of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and PWD(R&B) in a meeting here at Kathua in which various issues related to interdepartmental coordination were discussed threadbare. Tehsil wise review of PMGSY and PWD roads was taken in which land acquisition status, cases pending before court of law, number of awards sanctioned, utility shifting and other issues were discussed in detail. For timely execution of PMGSY roads in the district, Dr. Langer stressed on joint inspection by concerned departments in case of any problem besides Re appropriation proposals and reconciliation of pending cases is required for implementation of the scheme, DC stated. Similarly, status of PWD roads were also discussed and thrust was laid on early forest clearance for laying down of these roads. DC also advised the Forest Department to organize a work shop for sensitizing the indenting department of executing agency regarding documentation for forest clearance. He further directed to create a database of land in every sub division so that transfer of land in lieu of forest land can be done in an efficient manner. ADCs and SDMs were asked to monitor the progress of roads and furnish timely reports. They were also directed to devise a mechanism for timely settlement of claims pending since years. Earlier, to review the flood preparedness in the district in view of ensuing monsoon season, DC chaired a meeting of District Disaster Management Authority to discuss Preparedness cum rescue plan. He called for close coordination between the departments to ensure timely rescue and rehabilitation. He directed for identifying areas prone to land sliding for making adequate arrangements well in advance. ADC, Ghansham Singh, ACR, Devinder Paul, ADC Billawar, Joginder Singh Rai, ADC Basholi, T R Thapa, ASP, DFOs and Engineers were present in the meeting.
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