Houseboat Policy approved for Dal, Nigeen lakes, land provided for migrant employees’ accommodation
STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday accorded sanction for establishment of two Centres for Invention, Innovation, Incubation and Training (CIIIT) in partnership with Tata Technologies that would strengthen industry-academia partnership and bring qualitative improvements in technical education. The decision was taken by the Union Territory’s Administrative Council headed by Lieutenant Governor G C Murmu here. The centre in Kashmir division would be established at Government Polytechnic in Baramulla and the location for the CIIIT in Jammu division shall be finalised soon, an official spokesman said. The move is aimed at providing skill training to students of engineering colleges, polytechnic colleges and ITIs besides unemployed engineering degree/diploma holders and engineering graduates who are employed but in need for career enhancement to upgrade to latest technological skills. This project will be an industry-led consortium as a joint venture between Government of J&K and Tata Technologies to facilitate innovation and skill development of students, industry professionals for skill development and creating entrepreneurships, he said. Through this project, the spokesman said Tata Technologies have proposed to introduce 18 courses and many other subsidiary courses with an annual intake capacity of 2,880 students and professionals receiving training and skill development. Meanwhile, the Administrative Council also accorded sanction to the transfer of ‘Shamilat’ (Kahcharai) land measuring 40 kanals (two hectares) situated in Drugmulla village in Kupwara district of north Kashmir to the School Education Department for establishing Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kupwara. The council also accorded sanction to the transfer of 40 kanals of land to the Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction for setting up transit accommodation for Kashmiri migrant government employees under the Prime Minister’s package in Deegam village in Shopian district of south Kashmir, the spokesman further said. In yet another significant decision, the Administrative Council approved policy guidelines for registration/renewal/operation of houseboats in Dal and Nigeen lakes. The Administrative Council decided that the guidelines should conform to the overall framework of Dal conservation framed by the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) besides, an appropriate legal framework would be also instituted for enforcing the policy. The decision will help to regulate the functioning and operation of houseboats in both the water bodies and to preserve the lake for future generations by adopting sustainable tourism, preventing pollution of the lake besides, providing conducive and pleasant atmosphere for tourists, on one hand, sustainable source of living for the houseboat owners/shikara wallas and other stake holders on the other hand. Complying with the directions of the High Court and suggestions made by the Committee of Experts (CoE) on Dal/Nigeen Lake, the Government has taken this step for conservation of the two lakes. This move will also address the environmental concerns and give a further push to the ongoing activities relating to preservation and conservation of the lakes. Under the guidelines, the houseboats owners will be able to register/renew their houseboats after fulfilling certain general conditions. The guidelines also provides constitution of Advisory Committee to be headed by Director Tourism, Kashmir to identify areas of concern for securing use of houseboats for enhancing tourist influx and Regulatory Committee to look after registration/renewal process and overall regulation of functioning of the houseboats. As per the policy guidelines, no new houseboat shall be allowed to be constructed in Dal/Nigeen Lake. The provision of categorization of houseboats based on the facilities has also been made in the guidelines.
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