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SRINAGAR, FEBRUARY 05: In order to bridge shortfalls, infrastructure across all basic facilities including water, power, drainage and road networks are being augmented in Srinagar.

To augment water
supply network, hosts of measures ranging from coverage of households in
uncovered areas under tap water network to upgrading to and installing advanced
infrastructure are being taken to strengthen the potable tap water network.

The aim is to
ensure round-the-clock provision to all of around 2.5 lac households in the
district. The district administration has fixed 1 March 2020 as deadline before
which all households across the district will be connected under the network
and provided potable tap water.

 

In addition to
upgrading infrastructure which includes replacing old with new supply lines and
enhancing storage capabilities, the plan includes covering all so-far uncovered
households in rural areas of the district under the potable tap water network.

The plan also
includes installation of smart water meters, the aim being to discourage misuse
of potable water. The measure is aimed at the larger goals of water
conservation and efficient response to issues of disruption.

The installation
of smart water meters, which is an approved component under the Srinagar Smart
City project, is to enable an efficient and reliable potable water provision
mechanism.

Relevant
processes like census of covered and uncovered and registered and unregistered
households and commercial establishments and their geo-tagging and linkage are
being taken up as part of the process.

Meanwhile the
district administration has released 3 crore rupees to the PHE department for
completing – before the end of March 2020 – several important works including
replacement of worn-out water distribution system in Bemina area, augmentation
through installation of 100 mm dia DI main line from Zakura to Habbak,
realignment of supply line and construction of sluice chamber at Alamgari
Bazar, and installation of 100 mm dia main supply for augmenting WSS Gasoo
supplies.

To improve power
scenario in the district, the power distribution network and relevant
infrastructure is being augmented in keeping with modern demands and needs.

Last month the
administration released over 4 crore rupees under SADP to the power department
for strengthening power distribution network in various populous areas of the
district.

The funding was
released for creation of 30 new sub-stations and augmentation of existing ones
in various areas. These new sub-stations being set up at an aggregate cost of
over 2 crore rupees include setting up of HT and LT networks.

In addition to
creation of new sub-stations, the existing infrastructure of divisional
workshops of electric divisions 1st and 4th are also being upgraded, at a cost
of 1.5 crore rupees, which includes installation of modern electro-mechanical
facilities aimed at enabling faster repair of damaged transformers.

These divisions
have also been provided an additional 30 lac rupees for enhancing buffer stock
of transformers utilised during times of damages to existing sub-stations.

The funding also
provides for augmentation of existing sub-stations and reclamation of damaged
transformers in the electric division 4th which caters to old city areas of the
district.

Further funding
is being provided to meet deficits and requirements of upgradations and
strengthen power infrastructure across the district.

To bridge
shortfalls surrounding city drainage, around 13.5 crore rupees has been
released under SADP to complete major drainage projects and further 25 crore
rupees under Smart City have been earmarked for augmentation of drainage
network in Srinagar.

The former covers
projects in various areas across Srinagar and benefit a large population put
together. Most of these projects either revamp the old existing infrastructure
or fill infrastructural gaps in order to augment vital facilities of drainage.

These include 26
works, covering a total of some 9 kilometres of road length in areas across
Srinagar including various low-lying areas and various areas in the old city.
These include main roads as well as lanes — at Lal Chowk, Abi Guzar, Raj Bagh,
IG Road, Mehjoor Nagar, Nowgam, Chanapora, Mominabad Batamaloo, Malroo
Shalteng, Hamdaniya Colony Bemina, Zainakote, Kaluna Colony and Rose Avenue
HMT, Bishamber Nagar, Mandibal Nowshera, Jamia Masjid to Zawoora, Shahanshah
and Umer Colony Lal Bazar, Firdous Colony Buchpora among others.

This also
includes construction of a dewatering station and sluice chamber at Nowgam at a
cost of 85 lac rupees.

Strengthening of
stormwater drainage network is going to be a major developmental focus of
district administration in the coming fiscal. To start with the district
administration in association with the Srinagar Smart City Limited or SSCL is
spending 25 crore rupees to strengthen the drainage network in identified areas
of the city.

The concerned
department has been asked to submit a detailed project report for construction
or upgradation of drainage which will address shortfalls and help redress
concerns in this regard.

It should be
noted that the amount and the proposed project is in addition to 14 crore
rupees released in this current fiscal to the Srinagar Municipal Corporation
for strengthening drainage in the city.

The
administration is also installing SCADA system for 80 new dewatering stations
constructed by ERA in Srinagar. This along with new drainage projects being
taken up in coming fiscal will significantly address shortfalls and improve the
drainage scenario in Srinagar city.

Meanwhile, 42 out
of the total 92 languishing projects in Srinagar district are being completed
before the end of the current fiscal whilst another 45 projects are targeted
for completuion before the end of 2020.

These
JKIDFC-funded languishing projects – worth an aggregate of over 880 crore
rupees including around 400 crore rupees as languishing funding – are under
fast-paced execution for their earliest completion with periodic reviews, which
include concurrent evaluation and third-party monitoring, being held to take
stock of their progress.

It is notable
that these projects include among others 17 sports, 16 water, 8 bridge, 5
power, 5 technical education, 3 school education, 2 higher education and 1
health projects.

In over 30 of these
projects the district administration has resolved long-pending issues of land
acquisition and compensation thereby enabling their resumption and completion
at the earliest.

Projects across
all these sectors are being fast-paced for their earliest possible completion.
Fortnightly reviews of progress of work on these projects are being conducted
at the district level in order to ensure immediate resolution of associated
issues and their completion within their stipulated timeframes.

Deputy
Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said adherence to completion
timelines is an important part of relevant efforts adding that relevant
responsibilities of concerned officers have been fixed in order to ensure
adherence.

Dr Shahid who is
also the CEO Srinagar Smart City Limited said development of drainage as well
as power and water in Srinagar city is also amongst the main areas of focus of
the SSCL adding that efforts are afoot to bring all these under a smart
mechanism which will help identify areas of concern aimed at timely
interventions as and when required.

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