The Speaker, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Kavinder Gupta, Thursday, said that the State is witnessing a new era of development under the present regime adding that the government will continue with its development agenda to meet the aspirations of the people of the state.The Speaker was chairing a meeting of officers of Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) convened to review the progress of ongoing developmental works taken up in Gandhi Nagar Constituency.Reiterating that the government would leave no stone unturned in extending enhanced basic services to every part of the state with focus on unattended areas, the Speaker said massive development activities started across the state reflect a visible change in the living standard of the people.The Speaker directed JMC to put in extra efforts for execution of all ongoing and upcoming projects initiated for the development of Gandhi Nagar constituency.The meeting was informed that involving a cost of Rs 7.66 crore, as many as 175 developmental works, which include blacktopping of roads and inner links, upgrading of drinking water facilities, construction of drains, installation of transformers, installation of Lighting System on roads etc, have been taken by the Jammu Municipal Corporation in the Constituency. Of these 62 works have been completed and 36 are in progress while as remaining works have been tendered for early execution, the meeting was informed.
While reviewing the progress on the construction of Rs 15 lakh Community Hall near Baba Yamama Puri at Channi Himmat ward No 51, the meeting was informed that the first floor of the Hall has been completed. The Hall will be available for holding family, social and religious functions by the locals of the area at a nominal rent, the meeting was informed.The Speaker directed the concerned authorities to keep check on encroachment on the roads in Gandhi Nagar area especially at Apsara Road, Gole Market and near Government Hospital. He also instructed the JMC authorities to make fool proof arrangements for lifting of garbage from the area and keep the roads neat and clean.The meeting was attended by Commissioner, Jammu Municipal Corporation, Ramesh Kumar, Joint Commissioner, Works, Khushal Chand, Chief Transport Officer, Tariq Raina, Executive Engineer, Rajesh Gupta, Health Officer JMC, Mohammad Saleem, Junior Engineers, Ward Officers and the senior officers of Assembly Secretariat including Vinod Malhotra and Ashwani Kumar.