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Municipal Corporation to make Jammu city a Heritage City in 1 Year

To make the city of temples a heritage city, the Municipal Corporation of Jammu has made many plans under which the beauty of Jammu will be enhanced. After being developed as a heritage city, the possibilities of tourism in Jammu will increase. In addition, the residents of the town will get employment, and a better living environment will be available. This is to say Avni Lavasa, Commissioner of Municipal Corporation of Jammu and Chief Executive Officer of Jammu Smart City Project.

In the coming days, the people of Jammu city will see revenge. About an eight-kilometre area of ​​old Jammu city will be developed as a heritage. Under this, the roadside drains structure from Mubarak Mandi to Residency Road is being prepared in a new way. New electric poles will be installed; benches will be installed for people to sit. A parking system for vehicles will be operated. Electricity and other wires will be removed from the poles and underground. He also emphasized that all these schemes would be possible only with the cooperation of the people. Similarly, preparations are on to give a new look to Gandhi Nagar Apsara Road. A tender for this work has also been issued.

The Ranbir Canal and Trikuta Canal flow through a large part of the city. Gateways are being prepared on the banks of these two canals, which will be jointly undertaken by Municipal Corporation Jammu, UEED and Flood and Irrigation Department. The beautification of these canals will be done in two phases. From Rajiv Nagar of Narwal to Jammu railway station, Trikuta Nagar Kanal and Bhagwati Nagar to Babliana Satwari will be there. Dams will be ready on the banks of these two canals, which will be beautiful to see. Trees will be planted. Walkways will be prepared for people to visit. The drains that pollute the canals will be stopped.

With the Municipal Corporation, through social media, web portal and Lt Governor complaint cell. Most of the complaints are related to cleanliness or repair of drains and streets. The Municipal Corporation has constituted a four-member team for redressal of complaints. As soon as the complaint is received, its information is given to the concerned sanitary supervisor. Team members keep an eye on what action was taken on the problem. After the settlement is done, the complainant is contacted whether he is now satisfied or not.

They currently have around 700 street vendors registered. According to the rehabilitation and needs of these street vendors, they are given loans up to ten thousand rupees under the Sunidhi scheme of the Central Government. Municipal Corporation Jammu has so far got loans to 550 street vendors under this scheme. At present, the Municipal Corporation has stopped issuing new licenses for setting up street vendors. Locations are being searched for the new street zone; licenses will be issued once again as soon as the space is found.

In the financial year 2020-21, the municipal corporation had collected revenue of Rs 19.6 crore, about 33 per cent more than the last financial year 2019-20. A target of raising Rs 22 crore has been set in the coming financial year 2021-22. The Municipal Corporation does not have many sources of revenue. The revenue generated by granting permission for building construction and the deployment of sanitation workers is the primary source of income of the corporation. The decision to levy property tax is under the state government.

Under the Smart City Project, there are plans to build parking lots in 33 markets, residential areas and open spaces. A traffic survey is going on to prepare these parking spots. After completing the study, 800 parking lots, big and small, will be ready in the city. Parking places will be possible only when there is a cooperation of the trade board, local people. CCTV cameras will also be installed in these parking spots. Apart from this, e-rickshaw is also to be run to reduce the pressure of vehicles in the old city.

The Municipal Corporation will take the help of a digital platform to give vital information to the city’s residents. Under this, the Municipal Corporation will be able to have direct contact with the city’s residents. Display boards are being put up at twenty square intersections of the city. In which important information like temperature and air quality will be given to the people and information about government orders. Before installing the display board, the advice of the traffic police will also be taken so that this point does not become a cause of accidents.


Jammu Police Foils Bovine Smuggling Bid, 2 Arrested

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Nagrota police recovered six cattle from a stubble-laden truck going from Jammu to Kashmir. The accused had made a wooden box inside the vehicle. Although cattle were kept hidden inside this box, the top and front of the box were loaded with straw so that the police personnel posted at the checkpoints did not even know that cattle were being smuggled in the truck.

The vehicle driver, Obad-ul-Rehman resident of Belicharana and his companion Murad Ali resident of Belicharana, Satwari, were arrested. A case was registered against both of them at Nagrota police station for violating the order of the district commissioner and cruelty to cattle. The police are not even denying that the accused must have stolen these cattle from somewhere. The interrogation of both is on.

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On the midnight of Wednesday, Thursday, on strong information about cattle smuggling, police personnel blocked the Ban toll plaza on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. During this, vehicle number JK02AW-5753, carrying straw from Jammu to Kashmir, was stopped by the police personnel for investigation. However, when the people in the vehicle were asked about their destination, they could not answer satisfactorily.

Due to suspicion of the words of both the occupants of the vehicle, the police personnel searched the vehicle. When the stubble was removed, the police personnel found a wooden box inside the vehicle. When I looked inside the box, there were cattle there. After the cattle were recovered from the vehicle, the people tried to run away, but the police personnel did not let them escape. The vehicle was seized on the spot. Both the passengers in it were taken into custody.

Amish Mahajan

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Devender Rana calls on LG, raises issues of public importance

Former Legislator and BJP leader, Devender Singh Rana on Thursday called on Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha at Raj Bhavan Jammu and raised various issues of public importance.

As per an official handout, Rana had a detailed interaction with the Lt Governor, wherein he projected several demands and issues pertaining to the release of pending payments under MGNREGA; age relaxation issue of the aspirants of Combined Competitive Exams; regularization of daily wagers; expediting pending Class-IV recruitment, besides joining issue of compilers and concerns of BSF/CISF aspirants and vocational trainers.

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The Lt Governor observed that the UT government is formulating development plans and policies reflective of the needs and aspirations of the people of J&K and assured him of due consideration of the genuine issues projected during the interaction, the handout read.

It further added that the Lt Governor urged Rana to continue his endeavours for promoting public welfare on all fronts.

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BJP govt–Delimitation Commission undermining democratic legitimacy: Harsh Dev

During its meeting with associate members, the Delimitation Commission had invited objections from the latter concerning delimiting the 90 seats in December last. Still, the Delimitation is nowhere in sight and nor has any draft circulated even amongst the members. And neither has any report been shared with media nor put in the public domain.

Therefore, no one knows precisely which seats are proposed for reservation and which are to be deserved giving rise to speculations and rumours being spread in the public and social media. This has also led to public unrest in several areas due to fake, unauthenticated reports being circulated by lumpen elements”, stated Mr Harsh Dev Singh, Chairman-JKNPP and former Minister.

Mr Singh said that it was amusing to note that after several months since its constitution, the Delimitation Commission had nothing to share with the Associate members except a verbal statement that nine seats were to be reserved for STs, 7 for SCs. Out of 7 additional seats, six seats were proposed for the Jammu region and 1 for Kashmir. Neither the names of reserved seats were shared, nor were the members apprised of the names of 7 new Assembly seats.

The members were asked to give their objections/comments concerning the above proposal without elucidating them. However, the Delimitation Commission remained silent over the names of the proposed 90 constituencies or the territorial jurisdiction of the said seats, thereby making a mockery of the members so invited to the meeting.

Referring to the Delimitation Commission’s statements over the number of reserved seats for STs and SCs, Mr Singh said nothing new in it. The J&K Reorganization Act passed in August 2019 had envisaged 90 Assembly seats for J&K UT, and because of the existing 10% reservation of STs and 8% for SCs, it was a matter of common sense that nine seats would go to SCs and 7 to SCs. So what has the Delimitation Commission practically done to delimit the 90 seats assigned to it, was the pertinent question which, unfortunately, none of the Associate members raised in the meeting.

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He said that the meeting was merely an eyewash and proved that the commission had transacted no business since its constitution. The delimitation process was delayed at the behest of a nonchalant BJP.

Accusing the BJP of willfully delaying Delimitation and eventually the elections in J&K, Mr Singh observed that liberal Democracy was fast being supplanted by pseudo-democracy after downgrading the state into UT.

With the BJP govt hell-bent on continuing its proxy rule in J&K, the Delimitation Commission seemed to be giving it tacit and overt official support. And this fact had been corroborated during a recent episode wherein the PM’s Secretary had called a meeting of Election Officers including the CEC, two days before the meeting of the Delimitation Commission with Associate members.

Holding the BJP govt guilty of undermining the democratic legitimacy, Mr Singh said that its undue interference and control of autonomous bodies had given the deadliest blow to the values enshrined in our great constitution. Such episodes sadly bear the stink of the demise of independent institutions, and lying forlornly on the wayside was the tenet that law is equal for all in Democracy. Calling upon the Delimitation Commission to finalize its report without any political pressures, Mr Singh appealed to ensure that Democracy moved unhindered.

If the Delimitation of 4121 Assembly constituencies and 538 Parliamentary constituencies of the entire country could be completed in less than four years by justice Kuldip Singh commission of 2002, it defied logic that Delimitation of 90 Assembly seats of J&K had hardly registered any progress during the last 21 months, said Harsh.

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