The State Level Steering Committee (SLSC) today decided to submit five mega projects costing about Rs. 600 Cr. to the Union Ministry of Urban Development for funding in order to improve solid waste management in twin capital cities of the state. The projects also include Preservation and Development of River Jehlum from Dobji Ghat Gowkadal to Chattabal (Cement Bridge) and Decongestion/ Redevelopment of inner old city areas.
The decision to this effect was taken at a high level meeting chaired by the Minister of Urban Development & Urban Local Bodies Nawang Rigzin Jora convened here today.
It was informed that the Srinagar Municipal Committee & Jammu Municipal Committee would be the project executing agencies for solid waste management at a cost of Rs. 116.86 Cr. and Rs. 70.58 Cr. respectively whereas the Urban Environment Engineering Department (UEED) shall be the project executing agency for construction of Sewerage Project in missing link areas of Srinagar city at a cost of Rs. 55.83 Cr. The Preservation & Development of River Jehlum will be undertaken by Flood Control Division, Srinagar at an estimated cost of Rs. 79.37 Cr. whereas the Circular Roads Projects, Srinagar shall be project executing agency for Decongestion and Redevelopment of inner old city areas at an estimated cost of RS. 278.50 Cr.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that these urban development projects shall be undertaken under the Urban Infrastructure & Governance (UIG) scheme Submission of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) adding that the main focus shall be on introducing latest scientific innovations for upgrading the existing urban infrastructure in the state.
He also called for transparency and accountability in execution for various urban infrastructure development projects by urging for judicious use of funds and standard building material. “There should be no compromise in this regard”, Jora asserted.