Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Satpal Sharma today directed the officers to ensure that the work on the habitat centre is started so that it comes up as one of the iconic landmarks of the Jammu city.The Minister was speaking a review meeting convened to discuss the status of implementation of the Jammu habitat centre being constructed by the Jammu Development Authority with an estimated cost of Rs 188 crore.Financial Commissioner housing and urban development KB Aggarwal, Vice Chairman JDA, and other senior officers were present at the meeting.The Minister while directing the officers to come up with a comprehensive work plan to start the work on the prestigious project said that we have to ensure that the habitat centre comes up as one of the major attractions and iconic landmarks of the Jammu city so that it provides the much-needed state of art facilities, besides the recreational ones as well to the people of the Jammu and would also be having the potential of attracting tourists to it.
Sat Sharma said that the executing agency should also come up with the architectural patterns which synchronize well with the landscape and the surrounding s of the proposed habitat centre, besides also with coming up Tawi river beautification project. He said that due care should also be taken to make it a resistant to the natural calamities like floods and other catastrophes and in this regard the geological survey, soil testing, and other scientific surveys should be done.The meeting was told that the habitat centre would be having three major components and would act as a connecting factor of left and right banks of Tawi river. It would be having government, private offices, rental offices, community facility centres, clubs, indoor games, besides provision would also be made for cultural and recreational activities. It would also be having a convention centre with an intake capacity of 1200 persons.