Jammu Tawi, April 25
The second review meeting of the Swachh Iconic Places Scheme of Government of India was held at Kakryal here today. Governor N.N. Vohra; Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Rural Development and Drinking Water and Sanitation; Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State, PMO; Ajay Nanda, Minister of State for Finance and Planning, J&K; Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and others were present in the meeting. Under the Swachh Iconic Places Scheme, in the first phase Katra Vaishno Devi has been selected as one among the 10 Iconic Places identified in the country for its planned infrastructure development and sanitation. Welcoming Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation; and all the participants, Governor underscored the crucial need for time bound implementation of all the works identified under various schemes so that the civic and infrastructural amenities are developed on modern lines and the highest standards of sanitation and cleanliness are maintained in Katra, the fast expanding base town of pilgrimage to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi. He said that millions of pilgrims visit Katra every year and this number is bound to substantially increase in the coming time. Keeping this in view all the arrangements, particularly augmentation of water supply and power supply, and ensuring sanitation and cleanliness shall need to be accomplished by synergising resources and expertise in a well planned and coordinated manner by all the stakeholders. To ensure cleanliness in a town with high footfalls such as Katra, Governor emphasised the importance of ensuring systematic collection and disposal of garbage with the help of latest technological interventions. Tomar, Dr. Singh and Nanda, in their addresses, highlighted the objectives of Swachh Iconic Places Scheme of Government of India and various other schemes launched by the Government for ensuring cleanliness and sanitation in the country. Earlier Governor in presence of Tomar, Dr. Singh and officers from the Central Government, inaugurated an exhibition at the Sanjeevani Guest House of the Shri MataVaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Kakryal. This photo exhibition was regarding facilities put up jointly by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board and Housing and Urban Development Department for ensuring high standards of cleanliness and sanitation along the track to the Holy Cave, Shrine area and the Katra town.