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Srinagar – Leh National Highway to be opened for regulated traffic from 28 Feb: Div Com Kashmir

Chairs separate meeting to review upgradation of Sgr Airport

(Asian News Hub) – The Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) Kashmir, P K Pole today convened a meeting of officers to review status of Srinagar- Sonamarg- Gumri (SSG) road scheduled to be thrown open for civilian traffic from 28 February, 2021.

On 28 February, the road is to be flagged off by the Lieutenant Governor of UT of Ladakh for traffic movement.

Among others, Chief Engineer, MED, SSP Traffic Rural were present in the meeting.

The Divisional Commissioner Ladakh, Saugat Biswas, Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, Deputy Commissioner Kargil, Chief Engineer BRO, officials from NIDCL and SSPs of district Ganderbal and Kargil joined the meeting through Video Conferencing.

On the occasion, the CE, BRO briefed the Div Com about the status of road clearance on National Highway- 1.

It was given out that the road stands cleared for one way traffic, however in view of weather advisory the road shall be opened for civilian traffic from 28, February.

The meeting was informed that several advisories need to be issued in view of slippery road condition and avalanche warnings including allowing plying of vehicles with chains both HMVs and LMVs and one way traffic at Zojilla pass to avoid accidents.

The Div Com said that to prevent any exigency both of these advisories shall be put in place besides there shall be proper timing to allow movement of vehicles from Sonmarg and Minamarg. The cut off time for vehicles from Sonmarg side shall be 10 am and from Minamarg, the cut off time for vehicles has been proposed as 11 am, he added.

To ensure mobile connectivity for travellers along the highway in case of any emergency, Div Com directed the BRO to provide logistic support to Bsnl and Jio networks to resume the cellular connectivity.

He also directed the CE, BRO to provide different kinds assistance including accomodation, food, petrol etc to the travellers during emergency along the highway. Besides, he directed the DC Kargil, and CE, MED to place recovery vans on road as per the past practice.

The Div Com directed for close coordination among the Dy. SPs and Collectors on both sides of the pass to ensure hassle free movement of vehicles.

The Div Com, Ladakh during the meeting asked the concerned functionaries that the road clearance be conducted in coordination with telecom authorities to avoid disruption of telecommunication and internet services.

He also instructed the concerned to allow smooth movement of service vehicles of telecoms along the highway.

Meanwhile, the DC Ganderbal informed the chair that all facilities for tomorrow’s opening of Sonmarg tourist destination for tourists have been put in place including restoration of power, water and telecommunication services besides opening of hotels etc.

Later, the Div Com Kashmir chaired a separate meeting of officers to review upgradation of Srinagar Airport from Category Ist to Category 2nd and 3rd.

The meeting was attended by Director Airport, Commandants of CISF and CRPF besides, Superintending Engineers of PWD and PHE.

The Deputy Commissioner, Budgam attended the meeting via video conferencing.

The meeting discussed threadbare requirements and acquisition of land for upgradation of Airport.

The Director Airport informed the meeting that Category 2nd upgradation has ILS requirement and is thus possible for this Airport while Category 3rd has huge infrastructural requirement.

On acquisition of land, DC Budgam said that the identified land can easily be acquired, there is no problem in it besides there is also no issue of habitation.

While discussing the approach road, the SE PWD informed the chair about the three possible approach roads to the airport. The Div Com directed the concerned to get the approach road marked on Google map in coordination with Budgam authorities so that the same is finalised after proper deliberation.

The meeting also discussed acquiring two types of land for CISF, one for airport deployment and another for Battalion.

The Div Com directed the DC Budgam to expedite acquisition of land for airport deployment.

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Body of 50-yr-old man retrieved after 3 days from Jhelum

(Asian News Hub) – Three days after drowning into Kiti Koul in Kani Kadal area of Srinagar, the body of a 50-year-old man has been retrieved from river Jhelum on Monday evening.

Official sources told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the body of a 50-year-old man was retrieved today by River police from Jehlum in Takanwari area of Noorbagh in Srinagar.

They identified the deceased as Feroz Ahmad Raina, son of Late Abdul Aziz Raina of Zaindar Mohalla, Habba Kadal.

Meanwhile, they said that the body will be handed over to the family after completing the legal formalities.

KNO

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Elderly man injured in leopard attack in Anantnag

(Asian News Hub) – An elderly man was injured after a leopard attacked him in Chanderwan Uttersoo area of Shangus of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday evening.

Reports Reaching GNS said that a leopard attacked Abdul  Rasheed Wani Son of Mohammad Ahsan Wani of Chanderwan Uttersoo village, resulting in injuries to him.

Soon after the incident he was rushed to a nearby hospital wherefrom he was shifted to GMC Anantnag for specialized treatment.

Meanwhile the local residents appealed to the Wildlife Department to capture the wild animals present in the area at an earliest in order to prevent any further attacks.

GNS

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Samaniya Bhat: Youngest radio jockey from Baramulla

(Asian News Hub) – A 22-year-old girl from Baramulla is winning hearts of people through her voice and informative programmes as she works as a radio jockey at Radio Chinar at Sopore.

RJ Samaniya Bhat a resident of main town Baramulla who has recently completed her bachelors in Journalism and Mass communication from GDC Baramulla is first female radio jockey of North Kashmir and the youngest radio jockey of Kashmir Valley.

Bhat while talking with news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that since her childhood she was interested in journalism, however, by chance she grabbed the opportunity to become a radio Jockey.

“I was always fond of microphones and when I heard that north Kashmir is going to have its first radio station I went for an interview and after 4 or 5 rounds, I was among selected ones and only female,” she said.

“I feel happy to work as Radio Jockey because it is a very creative field and it helps in building your confidence and become outspoken and spontaneous,” Bhat said, adding “she remains in the studio from 12 pm to 3 pm and produces a programme Hallabhol with RJ Samaniya.”

“Our main aim is to involve our youth and entertain people besides talented persons who are being called to the studio who keep their viewpoint before people,” she said.

“Do the things you are good at and follow your dreams with hard work, she said, in her message to students, while adding that parents must allow their children to choose their field and shouldn’t force them to go in any field in which they aren’t interested.

KNO

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