STATE TIMES NEWS LEH: With the Union Territory of Ladakh slated to come into effect from October 31, Ladakh Administration has geared up necessary preparations for putting in place basic infrastructure for housing UT administration by giving face-lift and upgradation to existing Govt buildings for offices and residential facilities for various UT-level offices. Divisional Commissioner Ladakh, Saugat Biswas, on Sunday, along with a team of officers comprising Deputy Commissioner Leh, Sachin Kumar Vaishya; Chief Engineer R&B, Ladakh; District Superintending Engineer PWD and other concerned engineers from PHE, PDD, Mechanical Div, inspected various Government buildings and other infrastructure and took stock of progress in upgradation of existing infrastructure for setting up of offices as well as residential accommodation for both high and middle-level officers in Leh. Office cum residence for the Lieutenant Governor, Advisors, Secretaries and other probable officers were earmarked tentatively. Div Com expressed satisfaction on amount of work already done as per earlier instructions. He further instructed the Deputy Commissioner to get the finishing touches done at high speed with focus on making the facilities conducive for severe winters. He directed the Chief Engineer PWD to get the work of ongoing upgradations completed within next ten days. Superintending Engineer PWD, Pradeep Sharma has been designated as the Nodal Officer for finalising all residential and office space inventory. While inspecting JKTDC Club Building, JKTDC Guest House, Divisional HQ building and Old Circuit house, the Div Com instructed PWD to ensure that all these building are equipped with basic requirements like winter-ready toilets with running water supply, heating, electricity back-up, furnishing and communication facilities etc. Deputy Commissioner assured for enhanced speed of work by district engineers for completing all works timely, ensuring smooth commencement of official business, once the Union Territory commences functioning.
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