Minister for Public Works and Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rahman Veeri, today said that providing road connectivity to pilgrimage sites is prime concern of the present government which would also provide a much needed fillip to the tourism sector.
The Minister said this while reviewing the arrangements being put in place for the ensuing celebration of Shab-i-Mehraj (SAW) at Khiram Hazratbal and Kaabamarg.
Veeri was accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed, Chief Engineer R&B, SEs of R&B, PHE, PDD, SSP, CMO, ARTO besides district officials and representatives of Auqaf committees.
The Minister directed the officials concerned to ensure un-interrupted supply of electricity, drinking water, ration and other essential commodities to the people of the area. He directed SE Electric to install DG sets for proper illumination of shrine and its vicinity during the Mehraj days.
The Minister directed Executive Engineer R&B to macadamize and repair the approach roads that lead to the Khiram shrine on priority basis besides starting patch work in this week.
The CMO informed the Minister that proper medicare facilities besides availability of a well equipped ambulance will be put in place during the revered days.
The Minister asked Exen PHE to press into service tanker service wherever required during the sacred days so that adequate drinking water is provided to the devotees. He also directed the Executive Officer of Municipal Committee Bijbehara to maintain cleanliness in and around the Shrine by conducting special cleanliness drive besides keeping Fire Tenders in readiness to combat any emergency.
The District Development Commissioner said that additional quota of rice, sugar and kerosene would be provided to the residents of Khiram on this occasion.
Tehsildar Srigufwara, who was designated as the nodal officer for the event, was directed to coordinate with the concerned departments and put in place all the required facilities for the devotees.
Later, the Minister visited different areas of the district and reviewed the pace of developmental projects.
The Minister visited the under construction bridge site at Larkipora and took stock of the work there. He stressed upon the concerned engineers to put in extra efforts so that the bridge is commissioned this year.
He also visited the under construction Government Polytechnic College at Larkipora, where Chief Engineer R&B informed the Minister that so far Rs 8 crore have been spent on the building.
Later, the Minister visited the Ring road, which connects Mehandi Kadal to Ashajipora and visited many spots across the road. The Minister asked Chief Engineer R&B to deploy AEE and JE for the pivotal project which is aimed to lessen the traffic load of old town. He asked the engineers to press in extra efforts so that the first phase of the project is completed by May 10 this year.