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LG inaugurates, lays foundation for scores of developmental projects worth Rs 26.6 cr under Srinagar Smart City

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(Asian News Hub) – Giving a major push towards transforming Srinagar into more vibrant and modern City, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Monday inaugurated and laid foundation stones for scores of public utilities and developmental projects worth Rs 26.6 crore being carried out under prestigious Srinagar Smart City Project.

To upgrade the fire services apparatus of the Srinagar city, the Lt Governor inaugurated the strengthening of Fire safety and Emergency Response System costing Rs 6.5 crore including two new fire stations, three fire tenders of 7500 Ltr capacity each, 5 Response Vehicles, Training centre, upgradation of Fire & Emergency Headquarter, installation of 140 fire hydrants, 5 fire fighting boats for Dal lake and safety suits for 150 fire service personnel.

The occasion also witnessed the inauguration of Rs 4 crore worth project for LED Lighting system of three bridges – Abdullah bridge, Foot bridge and Budshah bridge on Jhelum river including illumination of bridges and bund, development of Pathways, Kiosks and painting of House Boats.

With a view to provide drinking water facilities at tourist places like parks, gardens and other public places, RO-UV system potable drinking Water Network of 50 water ATMs setup at different locations of the City costing Rs 2 crore was inaugurated by the Lt Governor. The project will also provide employment to 100 youth.

Meanwhile, the Lt Governor laid foundation of various City beautification projects worth Rs 10 crore which include beautification of Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh Flyover, LED lighting at different places, parking space for 320 vehicles, 3D painting, One public park and 10 open gymnasia, besides greening and beautification of road medians.

The Lt Governor also laid foundation for Rs 4 crore worth Smart Vendor Hawker Zone project at Jehangir Chowk to provide space to 250 Vendors. The project will have Solar lighting system, multiple categories of Kiosks, Restaurant, Vending machines, Water ATMs and adequate parking space, thus decongesting the roads and enabling smooth traffic movement in the city.

Earlier, the Lt Governor launched a plantation drive for clean and green Srinagar City and planted saplings of Deodar at Bal van, Zabarwan Hills.

Large number of school students also participated in the program which was organized by J&K Forest Department.

On the occasion, the Lt Governor asked the youngsters, elders, NGOs and all sections of society to come forward and play their part in achieving this year’s ambitious plantation target to enhance Srinagar’s green cover.

Each contribution can go a long way for conservation and protection of environment, the Lt Governor added.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole; IGP, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar; Chief Conservator Forest, Farooq Geelani; Chief Executive Officer, Srinagar Smart City and Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, other senior officers of Police and Civil Administration accompanied the Lt Governor.

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Two tipper drivers crushed to death in Baramulla

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Srinagar, Aug 09: Two tipper drivers were crushed to death after coming under falling stones at a stone quarry in Drangbal area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district this afternoon, official sources told GNS.

Also Read: MeT forecasts mainly dry weather in J&K for 24 hrs

They said that the duo was near the stone quarry when several stones fell over them, resulting in their on-spot death.

The deceased duo has been identified as Hilal Ahmad and Zaffar Ahmad Gojri.

Confirming the incident, a police official told GNS that a police team was on spot to collect more details.

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MeT forecasts mainly dry weather in J&K for 24 hrs

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Srinagar, Aug 09: Weatherman has forecasted mainly dry weather with possibility of isolated light rain and thunderstorm over Jammu and Kashmir in next 24 hours.

Also Read: Youm-e-Ashura | Restrictions will be on some traffic routes of Sgr due to huge gathering in rallies: Sgr Police

A meteorological department official here said that in the last 24 hours till 0830 hours, Bhaderwah received 8.1 mm of rain followed Pahalgam with 5.6 mm, Gulmarg 2.8 mm while Srinagar had traces of it.

Regarding minimum temperature, he said, there was increase in mercury at most places in Kashmir and Jammu division.

Srinagar, he said, recorded a low of 20.3°C against 19.8°C on the previous night. The temperature was 1.7°C above normal during this time of the year for the summer capital.

Qazigund recorded a low of 17.7°C against 19.0°C on the previous night. The temperature was 1.2°C above normal there, he told GNS.

Also Read: LG remembers sacrifice of the martyrs of Karbala on the eve of Ashura

In Pahalgam, the mercury settled at 16.0°C against 15.8°C on the previous night and it was 3.0°C above normal for the south Kashmir resort.

Kokernag recorded a low of 17.6°C against 17.3°C on the previous night and it was 1.8°C above normal for the place, he said.

World famous Gulmarg resort recorded a low of 11.0°C against 10.2°C on the previous night. However it was 1.1°C ‘below’ normal for the north Kashmir place.

Kupwara town saw a low of 17.6°C same as recorded on previous night and it was 0.3°C above normal for the place during this time of the season, the official told Global News Service.

Jammu recorded a low of 27.0°C against 26.4°C on the previous night. It was 1.9°C above normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said.

Banihal recorded a low of 19.0°C, Batote 19.5°C, Katra 24.6°C, Bhadarwah 18.8°C and Kathua 24.4°C.

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LG remembers sacrifice of the martyrs of Karbala on the eve of Ashura

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Srinagar, Aug 08: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha remembered the sacrifice of the martyrs of Karbala on the eve of Ashura, the 10th day of Muharram.

Also Read: Youm-e-Ashura | Restrictions will be on some traffic routes of Sgr due to huge gathering in rallies: Sgr Police

In his message, the Lt Governor said, martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions has guided the humanity to strive for justice, values and righteousness.

The Lt Governor prayed for peace and prosperity in J&K, and urged the people to be kind, compassionate and work for the needy and underprivileged.

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