The Minister for PHE and Irrigation, Sham Lal Sharma and the Minister for Higher Education, Mohammad Akbar Lone today laid foundation stone of Wussan-Aglar water supply scheme at Pattan here on Thursday.The scheme is being implemented at the estimated cost of Rs 8.07 crore, which would be completed by 2016 under which villages Aglar, Wussan, Goshbugh and Loolipora shall have new source and new water supply related infrastructure.Chief Engineer, PHE, Kashmir, Mr Lankar, Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control, Mr. Mir Javaid Jaffar, Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Mr. Zargar, Former Member Parliament, Mr. A.R Shaheen, Mir Mushtaq Ahmad and officers of PHE besides large number of people and public representatives were present on the occasion.
On the occasion, Mr. Sham said that to provide basic amenities including adequate drinking water to people at every corner of the State is government’s commitment and number of schemes have been already implemented in this regard and several such schemes are underway across the State, so that people do not suffer for want of drinking water.
Mr. Sham said Central government is providing liberal funding to the J&K State and it is the responsibility of officers to make judicious and efficient use of it. He urged upon officers to perform their duties with more zeal and enthusiasm, so that people are benefited to maximum. He also enjoined upon the officers to expedite the Wussan-Aglar Water Supply Scheme before stipulated time and ensure quality of work.
Responding to the issues raised by the people, Mr Sham said that by establishment of Wussan-Aglar Water Supply Scheme matrimonial relations will not break because of scarcity of water in the area Mr. Mohammad Akbar Lone in his address, said that present coalition government led by Chief Minister, Mr. Omar Abdullah has launched number of schemes aimed at welfare and prosperity of people and have prioritised providing basic amenities including adequate drinking water. He said people should come forward and take active role to strengthening of democratic setup, so that they are able to take maximum benefit of such schemes. Mr. Lone also stressed upon officers to put focus on public needs and redress their genuine problems on priority.
Earlier, Both the Ministers visited Naidkhai Sumbal and took stock of pace and progress of work being executed on Rs. 1.28 crore Gulshanpora- Noorpora Water Supply scheme. On the occasion, Mr. Sham directed the officers of PHE for early completion of the scheme and asked them to give priority to implement basic requirement, besides execute construction of filtration plants and its testing on priority.The Minister was informed that Rs 60 lakhs have already been expended on the scheme and rest of work will be completed soon.