JAMMU, MARCH 23: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs Choudhary Zulfkar Ali on Thursday asked the executing agencies to expedite construction of Medical College Rajouri to make it operational by June next year.
Speaking during at meeting convened to review developmental works carried out by Public Works (R&B) Department (PWD), along with Forest Department, the Minister said Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti is monitoring the project herself and is keen for its early completion.
The Minister stressed upon the officers to ensure the college work which was started in January this year, is completed by June next year. He urged upon the executing agency that if required they should work in double shifts to complete the project within the stipulated timeframe. The Minister also directed the agency to depute a dedicated assistant executive engineer (AEE) for overseeing the work on the project.
The meeting was informed that work of platform cutting, and approach road for the site and the design work stands completed.
The Minister was assured that foundation work of the building would start within next two weeks.
Mr Zulfkar was further informed that PWD is using latest machinery like caterpillar rock breakers, and concrete pumps to expedite the work.
During the meeting, the Minister instructed the officers present to concretize 12 kms stretch of Koteranka-Khawas road. He said the stretch of the road passes through dense forest cover and due to its shade macadamization doesn’t last for long time. “It is better to learn lesson from the past experience and instead of wasting time and resources the stretch of road should be concretized to avoid problems in future” he asserted.
The Minister further directed PWD authorities to submit revised indent to Forest Department for transfer of land if any coming under the alignment of the road.
The Minister directed the officers present to finalize sites for wayside facilities to make the road more tourist friendly.
Besides, he asked the concerned agencies to expedite construction of road from Kewal Morh to Targain via Gotu, and directed Forest department to depute some officials to monitor tree felling if any during execution of the road passing through their land.
The Minister appreciated the work executed by PWD on road from Marasi Morh to Baghyal Court under Central Road Fund (CRF). He said the work done is appreciable and asked the department to immediately complete the cross drainage works which are in progress.
The meeting was attended by Chief Engineer, Public Works (R&B) Jammu Mr Alok Mengi, Superintending Engineer PWD (R&B) Rajouri Poonch Circle Mr Abdul Majeed Shabnum, Executive Engineer, PWD Rajouri, Sadeeq Wani, Conservator Forest Circle West Qammardin Sheikh, District Forest Officer Rajouri Mushtaq Hussain.