Land owners reluctant to accept rates offered by Govt: PDD
The Construction of several grid stations in Kashmir valley has not been started due to non-transferring of land to Power Development Department.
An official of the PDD told KNS that for construction of 220/33KV Grid Station at Batapora Tealbal Chatarhama, the land was yet to transfer to the PDD.
“The officials recently told Divisional Commissioner Kashmir in a meeting that land owners did not accept the rates offered by the government,” the official said.
Similarly, no decision has been taken yet for transferring the land to the PDD for construction of 132/33KV grid station at Tangpora Batamaloo.
While for construction of grid station at Khanyar, the official said that file regarding transfer of industrial land to the PDD was lying with the administrative department.
An official document reveals that Divisional Commissioner Kashmir expressed “dismay” that transfer of land for the prestigious projects was not made over the years. He has directed the official to complete the process for transferring of land “on war footing” basis. “In case the land owners disagree to the official rates, compulsory mode of acquisition be adopted without any further delay,” the documents revealed as Divisional Commissioner Kashmir having directed to officials.
While, the work on Alastang grid station is yet to be completed despite passing over eight years. The work on Alastang grid station was started in 2010 for transmission of electricity to Ganderbal district. However, very least work has been done on the project over the years and missed multiple deadlines.
The PDD official further told KNS that that there is an immense load on Pampore and Zainakote power grids from where electricity is being supplied to Srinagar, Ganderbal, and Pulwama districts.
“The two power grids face overloading resulting in frequent power cuts in Srinagar and Ganderbal districts. Presently, the Ganderbal gets electricity from Zainakote grid station and remains overloaded,” the official said.
“Had these projects been completed, they would have reduced load on two existing power grids and helped the state to upgrade the power supply in the Valley,” the official said.
The official said that department had sought tenders multiple times for completion of Alastang-Mirbazaar transmission line. (KNS)
Bhagat reviews functioning of State Research Institute
Srinagar, July 11 Commissioner Secretary, Department of Forest, Ecology and Environment, Saurabh Bhagat today reviewed the functioning of State Forest Research Institute J&K.
The meeting was attended by Director SFRI, Special Secretary (Technical) Forests, Additional Secretary (Forest) and other officers of the department.
The work programme of Capex budget, CAMPA, nursery management on scientific lines, proposal on re-structuring of SFRI for development of scientific cadre were discussed threadbare. The Commissioner/Secretary emphasised upon the upkeep of necessary stocks for the forthcoming monsoon plantation in Jammu region along with establishment of necessary infrastructure for raising of the important medicinal plant flora of J&K.
A broad based committee of officers from Forest, Wildlife, FPF and SFRI departments has also been proposed to be constituted to work out a mechanism to check the pilferage of the Minor Forest Produce of the State. The committee shall also propose the species which need immediate protection and not to be allowed for trade and the species which can be selectively allowed for trade with regulations, and the legislation required for protection of threatened flora and fauna of the State shall also be proposed by the committee within fortnight.
The Commissioner Secretary also laid emphasis on the exemption of bamboo from the ambit of transit permit under J&K Forest Act to encourage bamboo cultivation by locals, and the required notification in this regard will be issued shortly.
Further, there was also thread bare discussion on innovative projects submitted by the SFRI which include a) establishment of a Pinetum in Srinagar, b) Vermi-compost from Dal Lake weeds c) establishment of a bamboo-setum at SFRI HQ Jammu and d) Sacred grooves of J&K. The Commissioner Secretary appreciated the innovative proposals submitted by the SFRI and assured the financial assistance of Government for implementation of these projects.
The Director SFRI also briefed about progress regarding the notification to be issued by the Government of India for endangered and threatened plants and animals of J&K, under Sec. 38 of Biological Diversity Act 2002.