The Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole today visited border and snow bound areas of Karnah and Machill of district Kupwara. He was accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Imam Din.The Div Com took a detailed review of the developmental scenario of these border areas and took stock of essential commodities, power supply and mitigation efforts of Covid-19 pandemic.At Tangdar, the Div Com convened separate meetings with PRIs, civil administration and army officers.The DDC Member, Najma Hamid, BDC Chairpersons and PRIs put forth their local demands before the Div Com with regard to construction of Sadhna Tunnel, posting of Gynecologist and staff at Kadhama Jabdi, establishment of bank branch at Gabra, Fire tenders, release of pending NREGA payment, construction of protection bunds of Nallah Batmoji, besides, augmentation of power supply, road widening, potable drinking water, healthcare facilities and other local demands.
The Div Com heard them patiently and discussed the issues raised in the meeting, with the Deputy Commissioner and the local administration.The Div Com gave on spot directions to the officers for time-bound resolution of the demands, so that the people living in these areas get benefited.He said that the objective of his visit to these border areas was to personally assess the requirements of the border people and to guide the administration for further improvement of the facilities especially during these winter months.Addressing the officers, the Div Com stressed the need for remaining available for the public in their respective offices so that the people do not face any difficulty.Referring to the demand for construction of Sadhna tunnel, the Div Com said that the tunnel will be constructed as per the central government proposal but before that the widening of the road from Kupwara to Tangdhar is the first priority of the government, which has been approved and the land acquisition is in progress. He said augmentation of road connectivity for all the border areas of the district including Karnah, Keran and Machill is the priority of the UT Government.
Reviewing the stock and supply position, the Div Com was informed that sufficient stock of rice and other essential commodities has already been dumped which is sufficient and will cater the requirement of border people till June this year.The Deputy Commissioner Kupwara and the SDM Karnah briefed the Div Com about the developmental profile of the Karnah sub division. It was informed that the Oxygen generating plant established by District Administration has been made operational in the Sub District Hospital (SDH) Tangdar to meet any eventuality amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The plant has a capacity of generating 500 litre Oxygen per minute.The Div Com also had a separate meeting with senior Army officers which was also attended by Deputy Commissioner and SDM and got the feedback regarding the overall situation and developmental scenario.It was informed that the power supply needs to be augmented in the area.Later the Div Com accompanied by DC Kupwara visited snow bound and border area Machill. He reviewed the developmental scenario of the border area with PRIs and local administration.