More vertical gardens will come up in the temple city of Jammu. A library will also be built along with the cafeteria in the historic Mubarak Mandi. A light and sound show will be held at Qila Bahu. Sewerage Treatment Plants (STPs) will be built at the mouths of drains polluting the Tawi river. This is not going to be a fantasy but a reality. Under the project to make Jammu a smart city, all these schemes have been approved by the board of directors of Jammu Smart City Limited. However, the proposed plans for the development and beautification of the Trikuta Nagar canal, besides the development of Janipur road and heritage railway station, have been shelved for the time being as it is becoming a hindrance to the alignment of the Jammu Metrolight project.
On Tuesday, the officials concerned said that Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dr Raghav Langar, along with Additional Director General of Police Mukesh Singh, presided over the 11th Board meeting of Jammu Smart City Limited. The meeting was attended by Avani Lavasa, Chief Executive Officer of Jammu Smart City Limited, all concerned administrative officers and members of the Board of Directors. Avani Lavasa gave a PowerPoint presentation on the works completed and undertaken so far under the Smart City Project. He also mentioned future action plans. He apprised all the members about the program in the meeting and presented various proposed projects for approval.
The board of directors started the second phase of the vertical garden project, setting up a library and cafeteria in the historic Mubarak Mandi, making an oceanarium at Bagh-e-Bahu, starting light and sound show at Qila Bahu, removing the problem of parking in the old city. Approved the proposal to prepare a vehicle parking facility in the quarter premises of the Estate Department at Panjtirthi to improve the drains’ condition and set up STPs at the outer estuaries of the drains polluting the Tawi river. It has been decided to postpone the project of the Walkthrough Tunnel at Oceanarium at Bagh-e-Bahu till full details are provided by the concerned administrative department.
Avni Lavasa said that repair and improvement of roads and drains, widening footpaths for pedestrians, facilities for passengers to board vehicles at various places, paid parking facility, decorative lights, installation of new paws, tree plantation, hoardings etc. Publication of E-Knit (Tendering) for preparation of Tactical Road for Divyang, installation of seats for seating at various places on Apsara Road apart from Raghunath Bazar and Residency Marg, installation of garbage cans, preparation of underground public facilities also approved by the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors has retained the green parking and commercial development plan, but now the project will be built on PPP (Design, Grant, Build, Operate, and Transfer) basis instead of JSCL’s equity. The board has also approved the proposed financing plan for the Tawi River Front Development Project. Issues like construction of embankment, rescue retaining wall, pier protection work of existing bridges, and raising the barrage height have also been discussed in the meeting. The 3.5 km long embankments on both sides will be developed in two phases under the Tawi River Front Development Project. The first phase is from the fourth bridge to the Tawi bridge and the second phase is from the Tawi bridge to the Gujjar Nagar bridge.
The Board of Directors also discussed issues like Integrated Command and Control Centre, Intelligent Traffic Management System, E-bills and payment for civil services. In addition, topics like filling up various vacancies in Jammu Smart City Limited have also been discussed.
Amish Mahajan, Content Writer, JK Media
73rd Republic Day Celebrations Held Across Jammu
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.
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.
Lt Governor Manoj Sinha hoists National Flag at Republic Day function
Rapper cop of Jammu and Kashmir awarded by DGP
Jammu and Kashmir Police constable Jeevan Kumar whose rap performance on a television reality show has gone viral and won him praise was awarded by Director General of Police Dilbag Singh on Tuesday night.
The police chief gave a commendation certificate and a reward of Rs 10,000 to the constable.
The police chief congratulated Kumar and his family for his excellent performance and for making the force proud.
Jeevan’s rap song was a tribute to the security forces.
Police officials said rapping is a hobby of the 25-year-old constable hailing from the border belt of Bishnah in Jammu.
Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Jammu Mukesh Singh had shared a video of Kumar singing last year and said the constable was a passionate singer.
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