State Times News Jammu: Pending work of the Tawi Barrage project which aims at beautifying the Jammu city landscape would start soon, an official spokesman said. Around 80 per cent work on the city’s beautification project across the Tawi river has been completed and the Tawi Barrage project, which is popularly known as artificial lake, is likely to be completed by May, he said. The information was given at a meeting chaired by Kewal Kumar Sharma, the advisor to governor. The meeting was informed that the pending work on the Tawi Barrage project would start soon and necessary directions have been passed to expedite the work. The advisor directed officials for close coordination among the executing agencies so that the project is completed without further delay. He said regular review meetings would be convened to assess the pace of work and early removal of bottlenecks, if any. The artificial lake on the Tawi river is expected to provide 120 cusecs of irrigation water, which would be supplemented to the Ranbir Canal during peak requirement, besides emerging as a vital tourist attraction in Jammu city, the spokesperson said. He said it was decided that expert advice would be taken from IIT Roorkee so that the project is completed within the technical specifications and taking care of other related aspects. Later, the Advisor chaired a meeting regarding construction of Bunkers in the Border areas of Jammu division like Rajouri, Poonch, Samba, Kathua and Nowshera under taken at an estimated cost of Rs 500 cr.
The meeting was attended by Development Commissioner, Works, SEs of Rajouri, Jammu and other senior officers of R&B department.
The meeting was told that around 891 individual bunkers have been constructed in the border districts so far. Similarly, 60 community bunkers also stand completed. It was also given out that an amount of Rs 50 cr has so far been received from the Central Government. The meeting was further informed that 90 percent of the border bunker project would be completed by ending June, 2019.
The Advisor, while directing for early completion of the project, said that necessary measures should be taken for speeding up of the construction of the border bunkers which are very important for the people living in the border areas for providing them the necessary shelter during the shelling.
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