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Pave 8 thousand kilometres of roads by March 2022: Chief Secretary Mehta

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Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta has directed the Road and Building Construction Department to pave 8 thousand kilometres of roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana by March 2022.

The Chief Secretary took stock of making the Centrally Sponsored Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana a success in a high-level meeting in Jammu on Thursday. He stressed that the department should provide roads to all areas of Jammu and Kashmir with a population of one thousand by March 2023. Furthermore, the electricity, water, road, and building departments should form a joint committee to resolve issues.

In the meeting, the department’s Principal Secretary said that the department handles the responsibility of 1343 bridges with 41 584 km of roads in the state. He said that in the first and second phases of the scheme, 3463 development projects were approved in the state. These include 19,078.34 km of roads connecting 2144 populated areas with 241 bridges. Their cost is Rs 12,592.46 crore.

The department has connected 2026 areas by constructing 2400 projects, 15,802.34 km of roads, with 132 bridges. 1500 km of road has been made to connect 69 areas by completing 272 projects in the ongoing financial year. With this, 2000 km of road will be built under additional 880 projects in the next four months.

It was informed in the meeting that in the third phase of the Gram Sadak Yojana, proposals had been submitted to build 1,750 km of rural roads in the next financial year. It was informed that in the year 2016-17, 1785 km of roads had been constructed under 89 schemes. At the same time, 1804 km under 151 schemes in 2017-18, 1622 km under 226 schemes in 2018-19, 1325 km under 214 schemes in 2019-20 and 3167 km under 272 schemes in 2020-21.

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Driver dead, another injured as lorry rolls down into gorge

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A trucker was killed and another person injured after a truck rolled down into a deep gorge near Tulbagh, one kilometre from Banihal town of J&K’s Ramban district on Wednesday.

An official that a truck, bearing registration number JK05A 8209, which was on its way from Jammu towards Srinagar fell into a deep gorge near Tulbagh around 7 pm, resulting in on spot death of the driver.

Soon after the accident, Banihal police and local volunteers launched a rescue operation and retrieved the body of the trucker, who was identified as Nazir Ahmad Sheikh (58), son of Abdul Gani Sheikh, a resident of Bandipora in north Kashmir.

The injured, identified as Naveed Ahmad son of Nazir Ahmad, also a resident of Bandipora, was shifted to Emergency Hospital Banihal.

An official said that the body is being shifted to Bandipora and that the relatives of the victims were on their way to Banihal.

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3 Soldiers Injured In Shopian Gunfight

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On Wednesday, three soldiers were injured, two of them critically, in an ongoing gunfight in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, reports quoted officials said.

They said that two soldiers suffered bullet injuries as soon as the gunfight started between militants and a joint team of Police and army in the Nowgam area of the district. Later, another soldier was injured in the firefight.

Quoting official sources, a news agency reported that the injured were shifted to the army’s 92 base hospital, where two remain in “critical condition.”

The encounter had ensued after Police and army launched a cordon and search operation following inputs about the presence of the militants.

As the joint team approached towards the suspected spot, the officials said, the hiding militants fired upon the forces, triggering off a gunfight, they said.

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73rd Republic Day Celebrations Held Across Jammu

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On Wednesday, on the 73rd Republic Day of the country, the tricolour flag was proudly hoisted at every square and square of the city. Amid patriotic songs and music in all the squares and streets of the town, people hoisted the tricolour flag paid tribute to the country’s martyrs and saluted the brave soldiers deployed in defence of the borders. On this national festival of Republic Day, after flag hoisting by business organizations in many city areas, Prasad was also distributed among the people by putting up stalls of halwa-puri.

Jammu Mayor Chandramohan Gupta hoisted the tricolour and regional traders at the historic Raghunath Mandir Chowk. Apart from this, the Mayor hoisted the tricolour flag at Shaheed Major Akash Singh Park in his residence area, celebrating Republic Day with people in more than a dozen city areas.

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The main program was organized on behalf of the State Bharatiya Janata Party at the party headquarters at Trikuta Nagar, where the state president Ravindra Raina unfurled the tricolour flag along with former Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta and other leaders. Next, former Minister Sat Sharma and other leaders hoisted the tricolour flag in the BJP’s Kachi Cantonment office. Then, in the Chamber House located at Railhead Complex, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Jammu, President Arun Gupta, and other office bearers and main businessmen unfurled the tricolour flag.

In Jammu’s biggest wholesale grain market Ware House-Nehru Market, the Federation’s head Deepak Gupta and market traders hoisted the tricolour flag. Apart from this, regional corporators in all 75 wards of Jammu Municipal Corporation shared the happiness of Republic Day by hoisting the tricolour flag along with the people of their respective wards.

Amish Mahajan

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