Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer, conducted a two-day extensive tour of district Ramban and reviewed the progress on snow clearance, water and power supply restoration works & road clearance works in the District post snowfall and rains.
District Development Council Chairperson Ramban, Dr Shamshad Shan, Deputy Commissioner, Ramban, Mussarat Islam, President MC, Banihal, Farooq Ahmed Wani, DDC Councillor, Imtiyaz Ahmed Khanday, Senior Superintendent of Police, Mohita Sharma, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Harbans Lal, CGM IRCON and other senior officers of Railways, Chief Planning Officer, Dr Kasturi Lal, and other officers of various departments were present on occasion.
During his visit to Sangaldan and Banihal, the Div Com appreciated the District Administration for taking effective measures to restore the essential services and supplies in the district. Furthermore, he impressed the departments to improve response time in rural areas to ensure minimum inconvenience to the people in such situations.
He took a detailed review of the pace of progress on the restoration of damaged roads and snow clearance work. The SE PWD briefed the Divisional Commissioner about restoration work on the roads across the district.
Dr Langer directed the PWD and PMGSY Department to ensure snow and road clearance on their respective departments’ remaining 160 km roads.
After reviewing the status of the water supply schemes of district Ramban, the Div Com directed SE Jal Shakti to ensure restoration of the remaining eight water supply schemes across the district to streamline the supply, especially in higher areas.
The Div com informed that a total of 1560 distribution transformers had been installed in the district, out of which 95 are under restoration, and directions have been issued to make these functional at the earliest.
The Div Com asked the concerned departments to ensure early restoration of roads, sufficient stocking of ration in snowbound areas, repair of healthcare services, drinking water and electricity supply.
He directed the concerned officers to monitor the situation closely and ensure that the essential services are available in all areas, mainly rural and hilly areas.
The Div Com also visited Banihal Qazigund Road Tunnel at Banihal and, after inspecting the control room, discussed various issues, including security, with the concerned authorities. He also visited Railway station Banihal and the truck yard established near the tunnel’s south portal.
The Div Com & ADGP Traffic also inspected the status of NH-44 and directed the National Highway Authority of India to clear the landslides on a war footing, especially at Mehar near Ramban, to restore the road fully.
The Div Com also inspected the newly constructed 50 bedded hospital building and 300 LPM Oxygen Generation Plant at Banihal and directed concerned authorities to make it functional as soon as possible to facilitate the locals.
The Div Com visited Power Receiving Station Sangaldan and Daiwa-Budhan Road and took stock of progress on snow clearance of all link roads.
While interacting with the PRIs and locals in Sangaldan, the Div Com enquired about essential services and supplies, especially Ration Supplies. The delegations put for their demands for their resolution. The delegations demanded early completion of Higher Secondary School raod dalwa, Snow cutters for sub-Division Gool and Banihal, Black toping in Sangaldan market and other issues of public concern.
The Div Com passed directions to the concerned officers to resolve all the genuine demands on priority. He asked DC Ramban to project requisition of snow cutter machinery to concerned authorities.
The Div Com also inspected Railway Station Yard at Sangaldan and took stock of the progress. In addition, senior officials of IRCON & KRCL briefed the Div Com regarding key milestones of this project of National importance.
The DDC Chairperson highlighted various issues, and Div Com passed on the spot directions to the concerned officer to take necessary action.
The demand for establishing a bus stand at a new identified place and car parking and related issues was also projected.
The Div Com also chaired a review meeting at Banihal and took stock of progress on major schemes, besides the status of restoration works.
During the meeting, the DC gave a brief on measures taken by the administration to expedite the restoration works across the district.
Dr Langer stressed on the officers /Officials to ensure their presence at their respective Stations / Headquarters because of the snow season so that any untoward situation can be dealt with effectively.
Jammu: Exodus Day Observed as Black Day
Due to the increasing influence of terrorism, the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits started on this day in 1990. Kashmiri Pandits celebrated this day of expulsion as Black Day.
On Wednesday, Kashmiri displaced Pandits protested by taking out a rally in Jagti. These Kashmiri Pandits said that this dark day is remembered by every Kashmiri Pandit who was forced to leave the Valley. It is the job of the Government of India to conduct an inquiry by setting up a commission, and those who had spoiled the situation in Kashmir should be fed the air of jails. Kashmiri Pandits demonstrated fiercely and on the other hand, demanded that the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley be ensured.
For the last 32 years, Kashmiri Pandits have been cut off from their own land. Addressing the occasion, Jagti Tenement Committee President Shadi Lal Pandita said that these Kashmiri Pandits had to leave their homes due to terrorism in the Valley, but today this Kashmiri Pandit wants to connect with their soil and establish three big satellite colonies in Kashmir. If the government does this, then 70 thousand Kashmiri Pandit families will go back to the Valley and join their soil. But now, the central government is not taking any step in this direction. Therefore, Kashmiri Pandits should be told the plan with the central government to return to the Valley.
On the other hand, Raj Kumar Tikku said that January 19 would not be forgotten by Kashmiri Pandits. When the situation in Kashmir turned completely against the Kashmiri Pandits and announcements were made on loudspeakers to leave the Valley. Kashmiri Pandits were forced to migrate for their safety and their families. Many Kashmiri Pandits also lost their lives. The Central Government should now constitute an inquiry committee to bring the real culprits to the jails.
Mystery of Lucknow family allegedly missing in J&K solved
The startling revelation came to light on Wednesday about the Lucknow family allegedly missing during their travel to Jammu and Kashmir.
Earlier reports had said that three members of a family from Lucknow — Mehmood Ali Khan, his wife Darakshan and their son, Shavez — had gone missing in Ramban district while they were on their way from Jammu to Srinagar.
Police sources said according to Salim Khan, brother-in-law of Mehmood Ali Khan, all 3 members were murdered by elder son, Sarfaraz Khan on January 5, the day they were leaving towards Jammu by train.
“After disposing of their dead bodies, he meticulously planned to mislead the relatives and police. He clandestinely visited Jammu and Kashmir and messaged via WhatsApp from his father’s mobile phone on 14th January morning in which he posed as his younger brother, Shavez and said that they are stuck on the highway due to landslides.
“He even posted some pictures of the highway,” said the sources.
The details of the case came to light when the J&K police traced the phone in Lucknow that was used to send WhatsApp messages.
Police said Sarfraz had murdered his father, mother and brother in Lucknow itself. On January 6 the body of a youth with a slit throat was found on Lucknow’s Mall Road in the Itaunja area.
Police were unable to identify the body. After this, two more bodies with slit throats were found in the Malihabad area in Lucknow.
After the photographs of the three persons allegedly missing in J&K’s Ramban area were published, police in Lucknow were able to identify all three.
Subsequent investigation revealed that the eldest son of the family, Sarfraz had murdered them. Sarfraz has been taken into custody.
Police said other contacts of Sarfraz are also being questioned. The motive of the gruesome crime is still not known.
Car theft at SMGS Hospital, thief arrested
Car theft has been reported from SMGS Hospital, Jammu. The car model identified as Chevrolet Tavera was stolen outside the hospital premises.
As per the details, the car owner is a resident of Doda who had come to visit his ailing relatives admitted to the hospital.
When the possessor of the car couldn’t find his vehicle in the parking, he timely complained about the theft in the police station.
During the investigation, a team of Police led by SHO city inspector, Vijay Kumar under the supervision of SDPO DySP Sharad Kallu, raided at different places to search the accused and eventually succeeded in arresting him.
Police have also recovered the stolen Tavera from his possession. As per the police sources, the accused is a resident of RS Poora, Jammu and has been notorious for such thefts in the past.
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