Visiting World Bank Mission Team calls on CM

Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today called for prioritizing the works under World Bank loan of Rs 1,500 crore to address urgent infrastructure deficiencies in critical areas including flood and disaster management.
“Given the State’s resource constraints and lack of matching expertise, external funding and technical advice is imperative to create adequate flood and disaster management capacity in J&K,” the Chief Minister said.
The Chief Minister said her government’s immediate concern is putting in place a comprehensive and efficient flood management programme in and around Jhelum and Tawi rivers as also increasing
the outflow capacity of Wullar Lake to prevent the Kashmir valley from future flood threat.
Mehbooba also called for adequate capacity building
at various levels in the
government to ensure efficient spending the World Bank loan which has to be utilised during the next
four years.
The World Bank team headed by Saurabh Dani, Senior Disaster Management Specialist & Task Team Leader also included Deepak Singh, Senior Disaster Management Specialist, Ignacio Urruttia, Disaster Risk Management Specialist, Neha Vyas, Senior Environment Specialist, Anup Karanth, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist and Supriti Dua, Finance Management Specialist.

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