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Complete languishing projects within stipulated time: Farooq Shah to officials.

Secretary PHE, irrigation and flood control and DMRRR, Farooq Ahmad Shah on Monday directed the officials to complete languishing and new water supply and irrigation projects in Poonch, Rajouri, and Reasi districts within stipulated time.

The secretary gave the direction at a high-level meeting convened to review the status of languishing, new water supply and irrigation projects being executed in the three districts.

Shah was informed that in Poonch, Rs 36.37 crore has been provided for 32 languishing projects of PHE, of which 13 will be completed by March 2019 and the remaining in the next financial year.

The meeting was informed that in Rajouri, 36 languishing projects of PHE have been approved at a cost of Rs 35.41 crore, of which 20 will be completed by March 2019 and the remaining by next year. Similarly, 13 irrigation projects have been approved at a cost of Rs 9.48 crore, out of which 9 will be completed by March 2019 and remaining in next financial year. The secretary directed the engineers to complete and make functional all tube wells by end of December in Rajouri district and prepare DPRs for new water supply scheme for Rajouri town.

He was informed that in Reasi, Rs 51.35 crore was approved for 28 languishing projects of PHE, of which 17 will be completed by March 2019 and remaining by next year. Likewise, 9 irrigation projects were approved for the district at a cost of Rs 9.02 crore, of which 7 will be completed by March 2019 and remaining in next year. Meanwhile, Shah stressed upon officials to gear up men and machinery to provide clean drinking water and better irrigation facilities to the people through these projects at an earliest. He directed to complete all the languishing projects strictly within the stipulated time frame. He also asked them to meet the set targets well in time and ensure that transparency is maintained in the execution of the projects.

“It is our responsibility to provide potable drinking water to every household, especially in remote and hilly areas,” he said and asked the officials to provide tanker supply to water stressed areas.The meeting was attended by the chief engineer PHE Jammu, Ashok Gandotra, chief engineer I&FC Vinod Gupta, superintending engineers, executive engineers and other officers of the allied departments.

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