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- 8,000 hectares of EP land under illegal occupation in Jammu division The information about the EP land under illegal occupants was given at a meeting convened by Revenue Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri here to review the functioning of the EP department, he said.PTI | January 01, 2018, 15:00 IST
JAMMU: Over 8,000 hectares of Evacuee Property (EP) land is under illegal occupation in this division, prompting the government to direct officers concerned to expedite the process of retrieving the encroached land, an official spokesman said today.
The information about the EP land under illegal occupants was given at a meeting convened by Revenue Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri here to review the functioning of the EP department, he said.
He said the meeting was informed that department has a total of 14,12,006 kanal (71,427.3 hectares) land in its control in the division.
"As many as 1,64,400 kanal (8,316.2 hectares) land is illegally occupied and the department has so far retrieved around 1,399 kanal (70.7 hectares) of land," he said.
Taking note, the spokesman said, Veeri directed the officers to put in a mechanism of strong monitoring of department land and expedite the process of retrieving the encroached land.
The minister also asked to fence the land wherever required.
Stressing the need for protecting custodian land from illegal occupation and utilising the same for carrying out development activities and creating public utilities for benefit of the people, Veeri said it is the responsibility of the department to ensure check on illegal occupation of land already in the possession of the department and for that they must conduct regular field visits.
He directed them to maintain the asset register having complete details of land and properties of the department for the purpose of close monitoring and to have sense of asset base of the department.
With regard to digitisation of department land records, the spokesman said the process is underway and the work in Kashmir has almost completed while in Jammu it would be completed by February 2018.
He said the minister also asked the officers concerned to undertake mapping of EP assets by using scientific methods with a view to ensure protection, safeguard the property and to prevent any sort of avertable encroachments.
- Notices for illegal constructions to jail head, Jammu PTI | Updated: Feb 10, 2018, 13:53 IST
JAMMU: The Jammu Municipal Corporation has issued notices for illegal constructions to 97 people and entities including the Jammu Development Authority, custodian general and the Amphalla Jailsuperintendent, the state government said
In written reply to a question of Congress MLC Rani Gargi Blowria in the Legislative Council, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said that notices have been given to 97 people and entities for illegal constructions in Jammu city in the past two years.
The notices have been issued to the vice-chairman of the Jammu Development Authority over the construction of a township and shopping complex in Muthi on the outskirts of Jammu city, the superintendent of Amphalla Jail for construction within the complex, and the Custodian General of Evacuee Property for the construction of flats at Wazarat Road.
- Revive a river, save a city
MARCH 09, 2018 18:46 IST
UPDATED: MARCH 09, 2018 18:46 IST
Throwing garbage, letting sewage directly into the river and other wrong practices need to be stopped to protect water systems. S. Vishwanath takes a look at the scenario on the Jhelum
The snowflakes were coming down rapidly. It had been two months since the snow had fallen once. This time the young lads were making snowballs and throwing them at each other. River Jhelum, once also known as the Vitasta, was a sight to behold. Srinagar is a beautiful city. The Dal lake is a much visited spot by tourists, as are the Mughal gardens. Yet one of the most beautiful sights is a river running through a city.
Some years back floods in the Jhelum had brought misery to the city. Great flood drainage channels are now being placed. They resemble large canals. The stretch of the river we walked had the lovely bridges spanning across. Some made of wood as in the old days. Others modern. On the bridge walk people and they toss garbage in plastic bags into the river.
On the banks, as we walk, we notice various small sewage lines pouring their dirty content into the river directly. Construction debris lie in some place. The birds that start to make a racket in the evening as dusk falls are pigeons, crows or birds of prey. All urban denizens. A lone Chinar tree harbours a cacophony of mynahs.
We come cross a spring almost in the river bed. Fresh water is bubbling out. Close by is a temple. Even among the dirtiness people will drink straight from the spring for it is considered holy water.
A conversation with the locals reveal interesting facts. The river used to be clean as long as the boatmen were there. People used to stay in boats on the river itself and would prevent the throwing of garbage or the letting off of sewage near the boats. Once the boatmen went, the caretakers of the river had gone.
The old sanitation system were generally communal. The waste would be picked up and taken to the fields to be used as manure. Now they have been replaced by the flush toilets in individual homes. The main network being planned neglects certain portions close to the river because of slope constraint and thus they empty directly into the river.
The process of regeneration of the Jhelum will be slow and cumbersome. Solid waste collection systems will have to come to every house and flat. Properly segregated they will need to be taken for composting or recycling. The sewage lines flowing into the river will need to be connected to interceptor pipes or drains on each side of the river bank, taken to pumping wells and then pumped into the main network and thence to sewage treatment plants.
People will need to be drawn to the river bank through suitable path ways and light systems designed to ensure its use in the evening hours. Landscape will need to respond to context and small trees and shrubs which will not destabilise the slopes planted to attract more species of birds. Conservation of heritage monuments will enhance the trail and on the river bank there are several monuments which need repair and recovery.
All these will need coordination with various institutions of the government and a small team is now trying its best to do the work.
Infrastructure in a city is about marrying the hard and the soft. Sewage lines and landscape. Trees and old monuments. Walking trails and flood protection. Solid waste management and spring regeneration. Constructed wetlands and small market-based livelihoods.
A river will connect all these and in the revival of a river will lie the regeneration of a city. Truly water wisdom.
- Over 12,000 houses being built under PMAY-Gramin in J&K: Abdul Haq Khan During a meeting, chaired by the minister for rural development, panchayati raj, law and justice, to review implementation of various centrally sponsored schemes including PMAY, MGNREGA and Swach Bharat AbhiyanPTI | April 04, 2018, 14:30 IST
JAMMU: With an aim to provide houses with basic amenities to all in rural areas, the rural development department in Jammu and Kashmir is constructing 12,456 houses under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojna (Gramin), state minister Abdul Haq Khan said.
During a meeting, chaired by the minister for rural development, panchayati raj, law and justice, to review implementation of various centrally sponsored schemes including PMAY, MGNREGA and Swach Bharat Abhiyan, it was stated that under PMAY (G) the department has set a target of constructing 38,772 houses.
Of these, 12,456 houses are being built, while 304 houses have already been completed. The minister was informed that the department has registered 18,964 beneficiaries under the scheme, of which, 15,707 have been geo-tagged for ensuring transparency, an official spokesperson said.
Later, the minister interacted with the field staff of the panchayats and blocks and reviewed implementation of the scheme in their respective areas. He directed the officers to accelerate the pace of work to achieve the targets in time.
Khan said the government is committed to improving the standard of living of the people belonging to economically weaker section and have promised clean and hygienic pucca houses with all basic amenities to them.
- 102 villages in Jammu region "un-electrified": Minister Sunil Kumar BHADERWAH: Over hundred villages in Jammu and Kashmir are "un-electrified", the state's Power Development Minister Sunil Kumar Sharma has said adding efforts were on to ensure power supply reaches them by the end of next month. Sharma's comments come a week after the Centre claimed all villages in India had access to electricity.
"A total of 102 villages in Jammu region remain un-electrified and all out efforts are on to cover these villages. We are hopeful of electrifying these villages by June 30 this year," Sharma told reporters here yesterday.
He said the work to electrify these villages was on at war footing as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made it his priority to provide electricity to each and every household in the country.
"In my home constituency (Kishtwar), 44 villages are without electricity," he said.
To meet the deadline, he said the department had deployed the Indian Air Force(IAF) to reach inaccessible areas.
I am quite confident that by June 30, all the left out villages of entire Jammu and Kashmir will be electrified, the minister said.
Sharma said though there was hilly and tough terrain in Jammu and Kashmir, luckily, the state was blessed with numerous water resources.
The Chenab river alone has a potential to generate 22000 MW of power, he said.
"Besides, there are also hundreds of streams and rivulets where power can be generated. We have given the mandate to Jammu Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JKEDA) to tap the energy from these resources," he said.
- Night-landing facility at Srinagar airport TNN | Updated: May 16, 2018, 12:16 IST
SRINAGAR: The Srinagar international airport would soon be equipped with night landing facility, a J&K government spokesperson said.
According to the official, the directorate general of civil aviation has granted the approval to Srinagar airport to operate night flights. Airport Authority of India and the state agencies too are carrying out necessary infrastructure upgrade at the airport, the official said. "The introduction of the facility would give a big push to the tourism sector besides improving connectivity between Srinagar and other parts of the country. It would also give an impetus to the state economy," the government spokesman said.
Senior J&K government officials said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday directed agencies concerned to upgrade the facilities within a month to ensure the night landing facility is thrown open in the current tourist season in the Kashmir Valley. "She has also directed the immediate release of Rs. 3.86 crore to meet the expenses of raising ancillary infrastructural facilities for night hours at the airport for the convenience of travelers and the staff," an official said.
- Cops to launch cleanliness drive in twin capitals PTI | Updated: May 16, 2018, 12:18 IST Representative image
JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir Police will launch separate campaigns in Jammu and Srinagar in its effort to make both the cities clean, an official said on Tuesday. The cleanliness drive, being launched by the Police Wives Welfare Association , will be conducted from May 21 to 23 in Jammu. In Srinagar, the campaign will be launched in September this year.
Director general of state police S P Vaid flagged off a campaign vehicle for the 3-day "Clean Tawi - clean Jammu" drive from Bikram chowk in the heart of the city and said the initiative was aimed at spreading awareness about the cleanliness in the city. "We would like every citizen to join the campaign for its success. Jammu, the city of temples, can be made clean and beautiful only with the collective efforts of all people and the stakeholders," he said.
- JK govt issues formal order for remission of stamp duty on properties owned by women The Finance Department issued two more orders by virtue of which the stamp duty for the urban areas has been slashed from 7 % to 5 % and for the rural areas from 5 % to 3 %PTI | May 19, 2018, 17:00 IST
JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday issued formal notification for remission of stamp duty on land and estate to be purchased in the name of the female member of the family in the state.
"There shall be 100 per cent remission of stamp duty leviable on land or estate, on its purchase in the name of a female member of the family," a notification issued by Principal Secretary Finance, Navin Kumar Choudhary, said.
The Finance Department issued two more orders by virtue of which the stamp duty for the urban areas has been slashed from 7 % to 5 % and for the rural areas from 5 % to 3 %.
The decision to waive off stamp duty on the properties owned by the women was taken by the state Cabinet last week and it was widely hailed as a progressive measure by various sections of the society.
- 'Clean Jammu, Clean Tawi' campaign begins in Jammu PTI | Updated: May 22, 2018, 15:08 IST
JAMMU: Several students today took a pledge to make the city polythene-free and protect the Tawi river at the 'Clean Jammu, Clean Tawi' campaign here. The three-day campaign, which began this morning, is being organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Police Wives Welfare Association (JKPWWA).
State Minister for Housing and Urban Development Sat Pal Sharma and Director General of Police S P Vaid inaugurated the campaign by flagging of a bike rally from Parade Ground. It was followed by 'Walk for Tawi'. Over 3,000 students from government and private schools undertook the walk from the Parade Ground to the Hari Singh Park, which is along the banks of the river.
The students, including a large number of girls, were seen carrying placards in support of the campaign. Senior police and civil officials, including Chief Secretary B B Vyas, also attended the opening ceremony, in which participants took a pledge to make Jammu clean and polythene-free, dispose waste properly and keep roads clean.
"Everyone should come forward and contribute to make the city clean," he said.
- Begging at public, religious spots banned in Srinagar, offenders to be arrested PTI | Updated: May 25, 2018, 13:17 IST Representative image
SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir government has banned begging at public and religious places here and directed police to arrest the offenders. The order, issued by deputy commissioner of Srinagar, Syed Abid Rasheed Shah on Wednesday, said Srinagar being the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir holds a great importance in the socio-economic landscape of the state and so it is contingent upon the administration to take all measures necessary to make the district more citizen friendly and to prevent public nuisance at all costs.
"Begging being an offence under the Jammu and Kashmir Prevention of Beggary Act I960, it is imperative that strict necessary action under law be initiated against the offenders," the order read.
The deputy commissioner said, "It has been observed that off late there is a proliferation of beggars on the streets of Srinagar which creates trouble for the general public." The order stated any person found asking for alms in a public place, or in or about a mosque, temple or other place of public worship, whether or not under any pretence and entering on any private premises for the purpose of soliciting alms shall be immediately arrested under Section 4 of the Jammu and Kashmir Prevention of Beggary Act, 1960 read with Section 61 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, Act, 1989.
- Over 83 lakh revenue documents, maps digitised in Jammu Over 83 lakh revenue documents and land record maps have been digitised under the Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme (DILRMP) in the Jammu division, officials said.
PTI | Oct 13, 2018, 14:35 IST
JAMMU: Over 83 lakh revenue documents and land record maps have been digitised under the Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme (DILRMP) in the Jammu division, officials said. The scanning of 83,76,221 documents and 12,457 maps of the Jammu division has been completed, they said.
Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Sanjeev Verma, on Thursday, visited the central record room here and reviewed the implementation of the programme. On trial basis, all the parameters involved in the process of integration of textual and spatial data of four villages of Jammu West tehsil has also been done, the officials said.
The divisional commissioner also called for the digitisation and integration of textual and spatial data of a few densely populated villages. Regional Director, S&LR, Jammu, Rifat Kohli briefed Verma about various activities of the DILRMP project underway at the central record room (CRR).
She informed that 25,83,566 documents such as mutation registers, jamabandis, misal haqiyat, girdawari register records of Patwar Halqa, Tehsil are being scanned. The regional director also highlighted that the scanning of records at the CRR is likely to be completed by November.
Verma also visited the single window room to assess the quantity and quality of the services being issued to the applicants. He was informed that the e-services of the revenue documents of tehsils Jammu, Jammu West, and Akhnoor are being provided.
The main objective of digitisation of revenue record is to provide services in a transparent and hassle-free manner. This will also help in reducing land disputes and chances of tampering of records, Verma said. PTI
- Former Navy officer to conduct survey of Dal-Nageen lake: Jammu and Kashmir administration PTI | Oct 26, 2018, 09:48 IST
Dal Lake is losing area due to siltation and encroachments.
JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has appointed former Navy officer S K Jha as a consultant for conducting a comprehensive bathymetric survey of the Dal-Nageen lake. "Sanction is hereby accorded to the engagement of Vice Admiral S K Jha (retired), PVSM, AVSM, NM as consultant for carrying a bathymetric survey of Dal-Nageen lake," the Financial Commissioner of Housing and Urban Development Department, K B Ahartwal, said in an order.
The Nageen lake in Srinagar is a deep blue water offshoot of the Dal lake that is interconnected by a thin causeway.
The lake is located to the east of the city of Srinagar, at the foothill of the Zabarwan Mountain.
Jha, who will have a two-year tenure, will provide hydrographic technical advice by regularly appraising, supervising, reviewing and monitoring the works being undertaken by agencies and organisations as approved by the government of Jammu and Kashmir, the order said.
The officer will review the technical feasibility study (TFS) and detailed project reports (DPRs) and undertake site visits in consultation with the agencies concerned for assessment of the projects.
The Nageen lake is surrounded by a large number of willow and poplar trees. Hence, it has been referred as a "nageena", which means "the jewel in the ring".
The lake is a major tourist attraction in Srinagar, known for its relatively pristine waters as compared to the Dal Lake.
However, as is the problem with other water bodies in the Kashmir Valley, the lake also suffers from encroachments which are deteriorating its water quality and also increasing the risk of floods. AB SNE SNE
- J&K govt to build 20,000 flats for police personnel on self-financing basis
According to the proposal, submitted by the home department, 10,000 flats will be constructed in Kashmir and Jammu divisions each at one or two locations, subject to the availability of land.PTI | November 15, 2018, 18:20 IST
JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir government has approved a proposal for construction of 20,000 flats for state police personnel on a self-financing basis, an official spokesman said Thursday.
According to the proposal, submitted by the home department, 10,000 flats will be constructed in Kashmir and Jammu divisions each at one or two locations, subject to the availability of land.
The proposal was green-lit by the State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday, he said.
The flats are to be constructed over a period of two years for which state land will be provided by the government on nominal charges. They will be allotted to intending police personnel on self-financing basis.
The spokesman said a demand survey will be conducted by the director general of police to determine the exact demand of flats. This will be completed by December 1.
There are extremely limited housing facilities for the police personnel. The objective of the proposal is to create affordable housing facilities for various categories of police along with other amenities, he added.
- Around 5,000 migratory birds flock in Gharana wetland in Jammu PTI | Dec 10, 2018, 11:58 IST
Gharana wetland (Photo: AP)
JAMMU: About 5,000 migratory birds has arrived at Gharana WetlandConservation Reserve along the International border in the outskirts of Jammu, an official said. Located about 30 km from Jammu, Gharana is surrounded by wetlands of Makwal, Kukdian, Abdullian and Pargwal where more than 170 resident and migratory bird species, such as bar-headed geese, gadwalls, common teals, purple swamp hens, Indian moor hens, black-winged stilts, cormorants, egrets and green shanks flock during the winter - making it a treat for bird watchers.
"Around 5,000 bar-headed geese and birds of many other species have arrived at Gharana in R S pura sector. Their number is expected to increase manifold in the coming weeks," Wildlife warden, Jammu, Shahzad Chowdary said, adding all necessary measures were being taken to ensure the safety of the winged guests.
He was speaking at a meeting convened by Commissioner Secretary, state Forest Department, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi here to review the status of Gharana wetland conservation reserve.
During the meeting, Dwivedi stressed on prioritising the conservation and management issues like sewage disposal by setting up sewage treatment plant (STP), monitoring and ensuring optimum water level in the wetland, an official spokesperson said.
The commissioner secretary also stressed on desilting and selective deweeding for boosting eco-tourism in the area and generating livelihood opportunities for the communities and stakeholders.
Regional wildlife warden, Jammu region, Tahir Shawl said the management action plan of Gharana wetland is in final stage of completion.
Shawl said the provision for STP has been incorporated in the management plan.
Gharana, located along the Central Asian Flyway, is a notified wetland conservation reserve under the Jammu and Kashmir Wildlife Protection Act, 1978. It has international recognition as one of the Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in the world, declared by BirdLife International (UK) and Bombay Natural History Society.
- Jammu & Kashmir government to set up RERA
On Friday, the State Administrative Council (SAC) under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik approved the establishment of Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) in the state. PTI | December 15, 2018, 13:00 IST
JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir government for the first time will set up a Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) in the state to promote regulated and planned growth of the real estate sector, official spokesman said Friday.
On Friday, the State Administrative Council (SAC) under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik approved the establishment of Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) in the state.
The Jammu and Kashmir Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2018 approved by the SAC provides a provision to establish the Real Estate Regulatory Authority, the State Advisory Council and the Real Estate Appellate Tribunal in the State to effectively and efficiently regulate this sector, spokesman said.
The move is aimed at promoting planned development of real estate and to ensure sale of plots, apartments, buildings and other real estate projects, in an efficient and transparent manner and to protect the interests of the consumers, he added.
RERA would ensure a fair and just treatment to the buyers and protect them from any unscrupulous builders, he said.