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JAMMU: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Wednesday chaired a high-level meeting to review the progress being made on the prestigious Jammu and Srinagar Smart City Projects.During the review meeting, the Lt Governor asked the concerned functionaries to make a visible impact while working with high professionalism and clear vision.Laying special emphasis on accelerating the approval of DPRs and tender allotment process, the Lt Governor directed CEOs of Jammu Smart City Limited (JSCL) and Srinagar Smart City Limited (SSCL) for constituting a technical committee for early vetting of DPRs of the projects.
JAMMU: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, on Wednesday initiated the project “Awaam Ki Baat” – a Radio program by launching its website, saying this is a leap towards strengthening the concept of Jan Bhagidari by inviting people’s participation. “It will give voice to the people and a vision to the administration that is symbolic of the collective aspirations of the masses”, he added.The half-an-hour long Radio program to be aired every third Sunday of the month (to start from April), is one of the many sequential steps of broader program aimed at disseminating the progressive steps taken by the government and providing the public with a platform to speak, write and interact with the administration, thereby voicing their suggestions, ideas and creative proposals.“Awaam Ki Baat is a novel initiative aimed at seeking the feedback from the public to make the process of governance interactive, participative and people-centric, he added.Further, by placing the citizenry at the center of the cycle of policy making and seeking grass-root level feedback is set to emerge as a true tribute to the Gandhian principles of administration, said the Lt Governor.The platform appreciates the heterogeneity of our Union Territory in the truest sense by providing voice to people’s ambitions and crafting a strategy to draft policies that are reflective of people’s aspirations and making the governance paradigm interactional.“You Speak, We listen” is the underlying theme of the project ‘Awaam Ki Baat’. The public can access the website at “awaamkibaat.jk.gov.in” , and also voice their suggestions through the interactive toll free numbers – 18005722327 for the Jammu Division, and 18005722328 for the Kashmir Division. The website is also accessible through “.org/.com/.in/.co.in/.net” domains. Also, there is a dedicated window called “Write to LG” on the website, which gives a portal format for submitting one’s suggestions. The public is also provided with a dedicated email address ‘[email protected]’, which too will collect the useful feedback and channelize it to the respective departments.Pertinently, LG’s Mulaqaat- Live Public Grievance Hearing has brought reforms in public grievance redressal mechanism, making it more robust and responsive with Lt Governor taking first hand appraisal of people’s grievances every month.Now, with the “Awaam Ki Baat” program, the UT Government is giving a determined push to strengthening the Government-Public relationship, by inviting suggestions from the public and seeking their active participation in Policy formation.
Directions were also issued to reduce the completion time of projects by taking up multiple works simultaneously.The Lt Governor called for putting dedicated focus on improving infrastructure & services, increasing mobility and enhancing the administrative efficiency, besides maintaining inter-departmental coordination to transform Jammu and Srinagar into modern and sustainable cities.While reviewing the progress on installation of Advertisement Panels, the Lt Governor observed that communication and feedback is the highest priority of Administration and directed the officers for engaging in continuous communication with the public.While reviewing the Smart Poles project under Jammu Smart City Limited, the Lt Governor directed CEO JSCL for keeping a feature for expansion in scale of the project in future.The Lt Governor also reviewed the improvement of road network component of the Jammu Smart City Projects and directed for completing the survey at the earliest. He asked the concerned officers to give due care and attention to reducing inconvenience to the public while executing the work.CEO JSCL Sushma Chauhan and CEO SSCL Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary gave PowerPoint presentations giving details of status of various projects of JSCL and SSCL.The Lt Governor sought the present status and future course of action of various projects including Integrated Command & Control Centre (ICCC); upcoming ICCC integrations; smart urban mobility & Intelligent Traffic Management System; City beautification; efficient green initiatives; solid waste management; undergrounding of overhead utilities.For proper implementation of Smart City Projects, the Lt Governor directed for creating in-house capacity for increasing efficiency. He set project-wise timelines for completion of various projectsDr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary gave a detailed overview of the number of completed and ongoing projects along with expected date of completion. It was informed that ICCC in Srinagar would be ready for soft live by 31 March. Photos of Variable Message Displays (VMDs), Digital Libraries, Intelligent Traffic Management System, Junction improvements, beautification of Historic places, and development of footpaths, besides scores of completed and ongoing projects were also shown through PowerPoint presentation.Keshav Varma, Chairman, Sabarmati River Front Development Corporation Ltd (SRFDCL) gave his valuable suggestions for effectively implementing various aspects of Smart City projects.BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Arun Kumar Mehta, Financial Commissioner, Finance Department; Dheeraj Gupta, Principal Secretary to the Government, Housing and Urban Development Department; Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lt Governor; Sanjeev Verma, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu; M Raju, Commissioner/Secretary to the Government, Jal Shakti Department; Avny Lavasa, Commissioner, Jammu Municipal Corporation; Rahul Pandey, Director, Information and Public Relations Athar Aamir ul Shafi, Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation; Babila Rakwal, Vice-Chairperson, JDA, members of PMC; HoDs; Chief Engineers and other senior officers attended the meeting, in person and through virtual mode.
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