STATE TIMES NEWS KATHUA/UDHAMPUR: Commissioner Secretary, PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Ajeet Kumar Sahu, today chaired a meeting here to review the progress on central and state-sponsored PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control projects. The meeting was attended by DDC, O P Bhagat, Chief Engineers, PHE and I&FC, Chief Planning officer, Dy. Director (Planning), Executive Engineers, AEEs and JEs of PHE and I&FC departments. The Commissioner Secretary was briefed about the progress with regard to various ongoing schemes including languishing projects. It was given out that 47 schemes in Irrigation sector and 97 schemes in PHE sector are under execution in the district. The Commissioner Secretary emphasized upon the concerned authorities to complete the ongoing works within the stipulated time frame. He directed the concerned officers to prepare Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the scheme only after pre feasibility study and identifying critical issues in implementation so that appropriate corrective measures can be included in the DPR. He further laid stress on giving priority to the projects which are nearing completion. The number of targeted households, geo tagging of connected households, linking Aadhar with connected households and registration of consumers must be ensured, Sahu directed the concerned officers. Regularization of illegal connections, shortage of JEs, formalization of industrial & commercial PHE connections, water connection in Govt. residential quarters & offices besides school buildings and revenue realization were few other issues which were discussed threadbare. Shahpur Kandi Dam Project and Ujh Multipurpose project were also discussed in detail wherein, rehabilitation of affected families, land acquisition and forest clearance issues were also looked into and directions were passed to the DC to resolve all the bottlenecks for timely execution of these twin major projects of the district. The Irrigation department was asked to devise ways, formulate new schemes to improve agriculture potential of the district. Sahu also exhorted upon the officers to get themselves acquainted with JK Pulse mobile based application to upload data for continuous monitoring of ongoing projects. The DC was directed to review the ongoing projects on regular basis and resolve the issues pertaining to tendering and billing of the projects. Sahu also reviewed the functioning of the twin departments in Udhampur district here at a meeting. District Development Commissioner Udhampur, Dr. Piyush Singla, Chief Engineer PHE Jammu, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Chadha, Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control Jammu, Vinod Gupta, Additional District Development Commissioner, Ashok Kumar, Chief Planning Officer, Rajeev Bhushan, Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Vikar Giri, SE, Executive Engineers, PHE and Irrigation, CAO, Deputy Director Planning, AEEs besides other officers of concerned departments were present in the meeting.
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