SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has reached Kupwara to spend a day with the people. This is part of the outreach that her office has launched recently. Her first destination was Pulwama where she had an overnight stay.
Officials accompanying the Chief Minister said the people with diverse problems have assembled and she is meeting them individually. She is also passing orders on the spot. “The issues, so far, have come about governance mostly about roads, electricity, certain defunct schemes and water supply,” one official said.
Ms Mufti is accompanied by Abdul Haq Khan, law minister and Lolab MLA besides the principal secretary and the personal staff. Authorities have pitched a big tent to accommodate the people coming with grievances.
Given the Chief Minister’s visit, the entire north Kashmir belt is witnessing a heightened security situation. There are more deployments on the roads and all the vital installations are under tight guard. The security grid has increased the petrol to ensure the visit passed peacefully.
Earlier in the day, however, a grenade explosion took place in Sopore in which four persons including civilians were injured. In neighbouring Handwara, some people attempting looting the State Bank of India ATM last night. However, the police foiled the attempt.
Continuing with her public outreach programme, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today visited Kupwara and conducted a grievance redressal camp to know of the people’s difficulties and problems in the district.
From the morning till late in the evening, the Chief Minister met scores of deputations from different walks of life who apprised her of their problems and sought their redressal.
People in general demanded opening of Bungus valley to tourists, augmentation of drinking water, health, power and improvement in the road networks in the district.
Minister for Rural Development & Law, Abdul Haq Khan; MP, Fayaz Ahmad Mir; legislators, Bashir Ahmad Dar, Raja Manzoor and Farooq Mirchal were present on the occasion.
A deputation of people from Jumagund demanded upgradation of Zirhama-Jumagund road and improvement in the health facilities in the habitation besides stocking of adequate quantity of ration and provision of bunkers to the people living on the zero line.
Another deputation from Machil sought upgradation of Middle School, Ring Bala, opening of a JK Bank branch at Chuntiwari, first aid centre at Misri Behak besides construction of Machil House at Srinagar.
A deputation of people from Fekian, Keran sought upgradation of health facilities, availability of roads, setting up of a fire station and a health centre at Mandian village on the zero line. They also demanded a bus for the Higher Secondary School, Keran.
A deputation of members of Gujjar & Bakerwal community sought setting up of residential school and coaching for competitive examinations for the students of the community.
Many deputations from Langate also met the Chief Minister. A deputation from the town demanded banning the mechanised extraction of building material from nallah Mawar, raising of banks of the nallah and setting up of a Maternity & Childcare hospital in the town.
Another deputation from Qaziabad sought augmentation of local grid station, carving out of an educational zone and augmentation of Ashpora and Kralgund hospitals. A deputation from Mawar area demanded augmentation of Qalamabad hospital, flood protection works on Hardkhari nallah and play field at upper Rajwara.
The Chief Minister directed exploring the possibility of re electrification of Hangnikoot and Sochliyar villages at the earliest and separation of critically overloaded receiving stations in the area for augmentation.
A deputation of lawyers from Kupwara sought construction of lawyers chambers at the District court complex, assistance for upgrading lawyers’ library and posting of Presiding Officers in the courts of Kralpora and Trehgam. A deputation of Traders Federation, Kupwara sought upgradation of the local hospital and solid waste management facility in the town. They also demanded fencing of the bus stand land at Regipora.
A deputation of intellectuals of the district thanked the Chief Minister for declaring the ancestral house of late Maulana Anwar Shah Kashmiri at Warnav as a heritage site. They demanded setting up of a sub office of Cultural Academy in the district.
A deputation of members of minority community demanded fencing of the local cremation ground. Deputations of people from Kunan-Poshpora demanded completion of the twin bridges and setting up of a nursing college and a craft development institute in the area. They also demanded protection bunds on the banks of nallah Kehmil.
A deputation of people from Trehgam also demanded construction of protection bunds on Kehmil nallah besides construction of a playfield and widening of road in the local bazaar.
A deputation of representatives of Poultry Association demanded price stabilisation of day old chicks. Another deputation of members of Handwara Traders Federation sought district status for the area, beautification of the town and upgradation of the Municipal Committee. They also sought development of a park on the nearby piece of land.
A deputation from Langate led by MLA, Er. Rasheed thanked the Chief Minister for sanctioning Rs 7.50 crore drainage project for the town. They demanded augmentation of Safarpora receiving station, development of Mankan-Bungus road. They also demanded widening of the road in Qalamabad town and completion of stadium at Mawar bala. Another deputation from Qaziabad demanded construction of community hall in the town.
Deputations from Kupwara, Handwara and Langate demanded developing Bungus as a tourist destination.
A deputation of Auqaf Committee, Kupwara demanded construction of an overhead tank near the Jama Masjid and fencing of the local ziyarat. Another deputation from Haihama sought augmentation of drinking water and power facilities. They also sought construction of a sports ground at Halmatpora. Deputations from Kanthpora, Wavoora and Warnav demanded rationalisation of revenue villages in the localities besides establishment of fire stations in the areas from Cherikoot to Warnav. They also demanded extension of rail link to the district and creation of an educational zone at Wavoora.
A deputation of pensioners sought implementation of 7th Pay Commission in their favour and introduction of general educational policy for the State. Another deputation of transporters sought waiving of tax on the payments due to them besides construction of office for the ARTO.
A deputation of Pahari speaking people reiterated their demand for ST status. Another deputation from Kulangam sought revival of the Maidanpora-Braripora water supply scheme and construction of protection bunds on the Pohru nallah.
A deputation of dry fruit dealers sought issuance of GST notification for walnut industry and raising of awareness among the business community about GST.
Deputations of people from Drugmulla, Ramhall, Lalpora, Sogam, Vilgam and other areas also met the Chief Minister and put before her their demands and problems.
Mehbooba Mufti assured the deputations to look into their demands and take appropriate action. In many cases the Chief Minister gave on spot directions for the redressal of the problems.
The deputations continued to meet the Chief Minister upto late in the night till the filing of this report.
During her two day visit to the town, the Chief Minister would be inaugurating many developmental projects in the district tomorrow.
Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal; senior officers from the Chief Minister’s Secretariat; heads of several Departments; Chiefs of many Engineering wings and officers of District administration were present on the occasion.
It may be recalled here that the Chief Minister started her massive public outreach programme last Sunday from Pulwama during which hundreds of people apprised her about their problems and difficulties.