SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Monday called for developing Self Sustaining Public Conveniences across the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Lt Governor was chairing a meeting at the Civil Secretariat to discuss the modalities for improving the public convenience services in J&K. He laid special emphasis on improving public conveniences and infrastructure for the general public, especially in major cities, towns and along the highways.
The Lt Governor directed the concerned officers to identify large stretches of major roads and plan the construction of Public Conveniences infrastructure on the basis of standard designs, a common theme and common branding. He also set the target of construction of 700-800 Public Toilets within three months time.
He further directed them to put dedicated efforts on ensuring the maintenance of the Public Conveniences to be constructed across the UT including on major roads and National Highways.
The Lt Governor asked the officers to also have provision for the construction of a stall of consumable items and install Water ATMs for making the Public Conveniences self-sufficient. Construction of a stall with consumable items alongside Public Conveniences will also generate employment for many, he added.
Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar and Baseer Ahmad Khan, Advisors to the Lt Governor; BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Arun Kumar Mehta, Financial Commissioner, Finance Department; Dheeraj Gupta, Principal Secretary to the Government, Housing and Urban Development Department; Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary, Power Development Department, and Information Department; Shailendra Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Government, Public Works (R&B) Department; Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lt Governor; Sheetal Nanda, Secretary to the Government, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj; Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar and Sarmad Hafeez, Secretary to the Government, Youth Services and Sports, Tourism and Culture Departments attended the meeting.