In a significant development, the administration of Jammu & Kashmir on Tuesday transferred functions and functionaries of Jal Shakti department to local bodies within jurisdiction of Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Jammu Municipal Corporation and 19 municipal councils in the Union Territory.
According to an order, the Jal Shakti department has transferred its city Division, City Division-ll, PHE mechanical division, North, PHE mechanical division, South and Mechanical Urban Circle in Jammu to Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) for O&M of water supply schemes and allied infrastructure within the jurisdiction of Jammu City along with posts of permanent officers/officials, funds etc.
It has also directed transfer of Jal Shakti (PHE) city water works division Srinagar, part of PHE mechanical division, Srinagar, part of PHE city sub-division of RWS Ganderbal and part of PHE sub-division Lalnagar of PHE Division Chadoora to Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) for O&M of water supply schemes and allied infrastructure within the jurisdiction of Srinagar City, along with posts of permanent officers/officials, funds etc.
The government has also ordered transfer of 140 water supply schemes along with allied infrastructure to JMC/SMC respectively for their operation and maintenance .
It has transferred 3222 Kms of distribution networks of various schemes falling within the jurisdiction of 19 Municipal Councils along with regular staff and casual workers/daily rated workers to the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) .
According to the order, the urban local bodies (ULBs) to which the function and functionaries are transferred shall be supplied Bulk Water Supply by the Jal Shakti department at the rate fixed by State Water Resources Regulatory Authority and Jal Shakti department.
The Jal Shakti Department shall open a separate Budget head for transfer of Capex/Opex funds to the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), the order states.
It also ordered that funds for engaging casual labourers/daily rated workers and other such employees will be transferred to the Corporations who will then engage them as necessary.
“All revenues raised from water bills/fees will accrue to the Municipal Corporations,” reads the order