Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Sham Lal Sharma, today convened a high level meeting to review the status of various ongoing development projects under PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control.
During the meeting, the Minister had a detailed review of the ongoing works, pace of restoration works at flood damaged sites besides implementation of decisions taken in the previous meetings. He asked the officers of both the departments to raise awareness among the public about the importance of conservation of water resources and its judicial use.
Among others the meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary, PHE, I&FC, Dr Pawan Kotwal, Chief Engineer PHE, K K Gupta, Chief Engineer, RTIC, H C Jerath, SEs, Executive Engineers of PHE, I&FC of Jammu pision and other senior engineers and officers of concerned departments.
The meeting held exhaustive discussion on various aspects relating to development of new PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control schemes in the uncovered areas across Jammu pision. He also took stock of drinking water supply, functioning of irrigation tube wells, works taken up for the revival of traditional water bodies and ponds, water quality testing at PHE installations, action plan for new schemes, water supply to every schools, functioning of communication and capacity development unit, installation of water meters, etc.The Minister also reviewed the irrigation sector and took stock of progress on various Canal.The Minister stressed upon the Chief Engineers of PHE and Ravi Tawi Irrigation Department Jammu to personally monitor progress of various ongoing schemes and activities of the field functionaries for effective implementation of the programmes.
Sham said that access to safe drinking water is the right of every common man and the Government is committed to extend facility of potable drinking water to each nook and corner of the state. He directed all the executive engineers to submit their progress and action taken report of various development programmes to their concerned CEs with detail of the ground level monitoring.The Minister asked the engineers to effectively oversee the restoration works on traditional water reservoirs and ponds as these would greatly help in meeting the water requirements.