Nod for developmental projects


Governor N N Vohra chaired the first meeting of the State Administrative Council (SAC) constituted on June 21 after proclamation of Governor’s rule in the State. Wherein SAC deliberated upon the various proposals submitted by Administrative departments for its consideration and approval. The SAC gave major impetus to developmental activities in the State by providing forest clearance to various developmental projects in the road, railways, transmission, health, drinking water and other sectors involving 153.18 hectare of forest land spread across the State. The proposals were recommended by the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC), headed by the Chief Secretary in its 105th, 107th and 108th FAC meetings. Among other projects, the SAC accorded approval to the prestigious project of AIIMS at Vijaypur, Ring Road Srinagar, 14 projects of PMGSY and two projects pertaining to GREF and the Army. Another project which was cleared was regarding the laying of 132 KV transmission line from Grid Station Katra to Gran (Reasi) for Konkan Railways. The FAC in its 105th meeting had approved diversion of forest land for development works viz Road from Pathwar to Thathi (Jammu), Road from Chalog to Dhaman (Basholi), Road from Purana Tulail to Dangithal and from LO – 26 to Safaid Aab (Bandipore), Road from Dhaino to Papriya (Batote), Road from Malla to Jogwan (Jammu), Ring Road Srinagar City and Tunnel T-6 to T-12 on Katra Dharma Section (Mahore) etc. The FAC in its 107th meeting had approved diversion of forest land for development works viz construction of road from Juthal to Manoh (Jammu), road from Mankal to Mudva (Langate) and for the purpose of laying of 132 KV D/C Transmission Line from Grid Station Katra to Gran (Reasi) for Konkan Railways etc. The FAC in its 108th meeting had approved diversion of forest land for development works viz widening of CL-9 road Dogra Mandir Parole Janial Bamial to NHDL (Kathua), Road from Panssa to Prankote (Reasi), Road from Cherji to Sumnabhatta (Kishtwar), Road from Shivas (Sohal) to Ongayee (Kishtwar), Road from Pethgam to Renai (Kishtwar), Road from Sohal to Kaban (Kishtwar), Road from Jangalwar to Sarsi (Kishtwar), Road from Kachnambal to Wangath via Baba Nagri (Sindh Forest) and Road from Bhargran to Behota (Batote) etc.
In a significant decision meant to benefit the youth in particular residing near the International Border/LoC, the SAC accorded sanction to the raising of two Border Battalions, one each for Jammu and Kashmir regions, along-with the creation of 2014 posts of various ranks. The 1402 posts of constables available in these two Border Battalions would be filled from amongst the youth residing within 0-10 kilometers from IB/LoC. The remaining 600 posts will be filled by recruitment from across the State. The decision of establishment of two Border Police Battalions will positively impact upon the lives of thousands of youth residing in border areas of the State. The residents of border areas have been highlighting the issue of their under-representation in the State Police Force and have persistently demanded raising of adequate number of Border Police Battalions, with a provision of exclusive recruitment for the border residents. The SAC also took note of the status of the construction of 12,165 individual and 1347 community bunkers along the IB/LoC being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 415 crore.

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