Monday, March 19, 2012

Master Plans of Jammu and Srinagar

Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand today said that Master Plans of both the Capital cities are being revised for planned development of requisite physical and social infrastructure and several new housing colonies have been mooted for different sections of the society.

Replying to the discussion on the grants of Housing and Urban Development Department in the Lower House of State Legislature, the Deputy Chief Minister said, "the migration of people from rural areas to both the capital cities for want of livelihood or other reasons has led to unplanned and haphazard growth of Jammu and Srinagar cities and also resulted into shortage of amenities as also chaos and confusion".

"Keeping in view the changing requirements, the process has been undertaken to revise the Master Plans of Jammu as well as Srinagar for rectification of errors, if any, and incorporation of required changes", he said, adding "the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, University of Ahmedabad, has been entrusted with the job of revision of Jammu Master Plan and the same is in the advance stages of completion".

Similarly, the task of revision of Master Plan for the Srinagar city has been entrusted to M/s SAI Consultancy Engineers Pvt Ltd and the work has already been started, the Deputy Chief Minister said.

"We have also undertaken preparation of Master Plans for towns", he said, adding "the draft Master Plans for Baramulla, Budgam, Kulgam, Doodpathri and Yousmarg have been completed and are under consideration of the Government while as the Master Plans for rest of the towns are under different stages of completion".

Stating that various ambitious projects are being contemplated by the Jammu Development Authority for better development of the city, he said that an idle parking at Khanpur Nagrota has been completed at a cost of ` 330 lakh, ISBT at Transport Nagar has been developed at a cost of ` 140 lakh, parking for 200 cars has been developed at Prem Nagar.

"Urban Local Bodies, Jammu is developing bus stands at Kathua, Basholi, Bari Brahmana, Ramgarh, Khour, Arnia, Surankot, Rajouri, Kalakot and Billawar while as ULB, Kashmir is developing bus stands at Ganderbal, Kupwara, Budgam and Pulwama", the Deputy Chief Minister said.

Admitting that housing colonies have not been developed during the past several years, he said that Housing Board has finalized proposal for setting up new housing colonies at Mujgund, Srinagar, Meencharkan, Jammu and Batalwallian, Udhampur. "We are also trying to finalize locations for the establishment of colony for the media-persons, economically weaker sections and Members of Legislative Assembly", he further said.

To augment urban infrastructure, solid waste management and for decent dwelling units to the urban poor, Union Ministry of Urban Development and Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation have sanctioned 103 projects costing ` 1260.39 crore under different components of JNNURM, he said, adding "with the active support of Union Government, the State is getting necessary financial support for all round development and progress".

He said capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu are covered under the Urban Infrastructure and Governance component of the scheme and four schemes are currently under implementation in these cities.

In smaller towns 45 projects under UIDSSMT costing ` 398.68 crore have been sanctioned for the towns of Kathua, Samba, Akhnoor, Sunderbani, Poonch, Udhampur, Doda and Bhaderwah in Jammu division and Kupwara, Sopore, Baramulla, Ganderbal and Anantnag in Kashmir division. Three sewerage projects in Jammu city under execution by NBCC, ERA and UEED will connect 30,400, 27,500 and 5800 houses respectively with the planned sewer net work.

In case of Srinagar city the three sewerage projects under execution by NBCC and two by UEED will connect 48,220, 18750 and 3000 houses with the main sewer net work, he said.

The members who participated in the debate on demands for grants included Abdul Rehman Veeri, G A Mir, Dr Mustafa Kamal, M Y Tarigami, Prof Chaman Lal Gupta, Balwant Singh Mankotia, Rafi Ahmed Mir, Jugal Kishore, Irfan Shah, Krishan Chander Bhagat, Bimla Luthra, Harshdev Singh, Ashwani Sharma, Peer Afaq, Ashok Khajuria, Ashok Kumar, Aijaz Ahmed Jan, Er Abdul Rashid, Mohammad Ashraf, Syed Bashir Ahmed, Syed Basharat Bukhari, Ch Mohammad Ramzan, Baldev Sharma and Javed Ahmed Mustafa.

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