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Dated 23 July 2019
Two Day workshop on Disaster Management Concludes at Womens Degree College, M.A Road
128 girl volunteers from Womens College participated in the training programme
Two-day training workshop for girl student volunteers organized by Civil Defense Srinagar in colloboration with JTFRP (Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project) funded by World Bank concluded at Womens Degree College. M.A road Srinagar here today.
The workshop was organized with an objective of imparting the training to 128 girl student volunteers of Womens College , M.A road Srinagar in the areas of relief and rescue efforts in case of natural disasters like earthquakes and floods. The trained instructors from the Civil Defense imparted training to the volunteers on first aid, rescue efforts which included traning on CPR (cardiac pulmonary resuciation) knots, hitches,loops during rescue operations aswell as on fire extingushing methods in case of accidental fires.
Nighat Aman, Deputy Controller, Civil Defence Srinagar in his inaugural address stressed on the need for colloborative efforts in order to face the challenge of natural disasters. She also gave details of the activites conducted by the civil defence like organization of road safety week in April, 2019, relief and rescue activities and snow clearance during Winter season, plantation drives and medical camps in different areas of the Srinagar city.
Jehangir Hashmi, Additional CEO, JKERA congratulated Civil Defence,Srinagar for organizing the 2- day training programme and said that holding of such training programmes in the state is vital to improve the level of preparedeness to meet the challenge of natural disasters in the state of J&K which is very vulnerable to natural disasters. He also highlighted the significance of the traditional architecture of Kashmir like Daji Diwari in prevention of loss of lives during natural calamaties like earthquakes.
The training programme was conducted as part of Strengthening of Disaster Management capacity of the World Bank funded JTFRP (Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project) .Under the component Rs 20 crores have been kept for providing of trainings/equipments to the first responders i.e volunteers at community level who can play a crucial role in rescue and relief efforts immediately after the occurance of natural disasters.

Dr.Yasmin Ashai, Principal Womens College thanked Civil Defence and JTFRP for organizing the workshop for girl students of the college. Training programme was also attended by Sajad Wani, Technical Officer to CEO, ERA, Ms. Fouzia HOD, Department of Geography, Womens College and other staff members of the Civil Defence, JKERA/JTFRP and Womens college M.A road Srinagar
Mohammad Azhar ,PRO
Dated 29 May 2019
JTFRP organizes Workshop on “River Morphology Study, Flood Mitigation and Comprehensive River Management Measures for Jhelum basin.
JTFRP organizes Workshop on “River Morphology Study, Flood Mitigation and Comprehensive River Management Measures for Jhelum basin.
Undertake Developmental activities without Disturbing Delicate Balance of Nature: Kansal
A workshop on “River Morphology Study, Flood Mitigation and Comprehensive River Management measures for Jhelum basin” was organized by the Project Management unit of JTFRP (Jhelum & Tawi Flood Recovery Project ) funded by World Bank at SKICC ,Srinagar here today.
Dr.Raghav Langer (IAS) Chief Executive Officer, JKERA/JTFRP in his inaugural address said that the workshop will provide the platform for sharing our experiences and incorporating them into the study that is being conducted under the Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project .He said that better information sharing would lead to better results.
Pandurang Kondbarao Pole (IAS) Secretary, Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, who was Guest of Honour said that the better information sharing and coordination between various line depts is crucial to formulating long lasting solutions for strengthening the resilience to floods.
Ajeet Kumar Sahu (IAS), Commissioner Secretary, PHE and I&FC who was also Guest of Honour stressed on the need for creating the scientific database available within the various departments at a single platform.
Rohit Kansal (IAS), Principal Secretary, Department of Planning, Development and Monitoring Chief Guest on the occasion in his key note address said that the main aim of the ongoing World Bank funded JTFRP is to ensure that we don't have to go through the traumatic experience of 2014 floods again in our lives. He added that prevention of encroachment of urban flood plain is vital to prevention of such floods in future. He further said that the key to prevention of natural calamities is to undertake developmental activities without disturbing the delicate balance of nature.
David Sargent , Team Leader Eptisa private limited a consultancy that has been engaged by JTFRP for the preparation of River Morphology Study of Jhelum River Basin gave a comprehensive presentation on history of floods in Kashmir, Impact of 2014 floods, present status of the study being undertaken under JTFRP ,various possible solutions to prevent recurrence of such floods in future. Later presentations were also given by the experts on the the field of Flood Forecasting, Early Warning, Fluvial Geomorphology, Inundation map modeling, environmental assessment study of Jhelum basin. The technical session was followed by interactive session during which participants discussed on various aspects that would further enrich the study being undertaken under JTFRP.
Iftikhar Kakroo, Director, Technical, JTFRP presented vote of thanks.
Workshop was attended by Chief Engineers of PHED, Kashmir,R&B Kashmir, UEED J&K, Director Planning and Coordination , JTFRP, Director Regional MET office, M.D JK industries, officers of Chief Town Plannner, Kashmir, Dept of Ecology and Remote Sensing, SMC , JKERA and academicians Dr Shakeel Romsho HOD,Earth Sciences Dept , Professor M.Sultan HOD, Department of Geography and Regional Development from University of Kashmir and also faculty from NIT and IMPA Srinagar.
Mohammad Azhar ,PRO Kmr
Dated 15 May 2019
3-day workshop on the “Role of Panchayati Raj
3-day workshop on the “Role of Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies in Disaster Management” concluded at Institute of Management Public Administration and Rural Development, Srinagar here today. The workshop was organized by J&KERA under the Strengthening of Disaster Management capacity component of its World Bank funded JTFRP (Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery project).
Dated 15 May 2019
3-day Workshop on Role of PRIs and ULBs in Community Based Disaster Management organized by J&KERA concludes
The 3-day workshop was attended by the elected representatives from more than 30 panchayat/ urban local bodies across the Kashmir Division and during the course of three days experts in the field of disaster management Dr. G.M Dar, Dr Khurshid ul-islam , Dr. Mohammad Asharf Dar and Mr . Ashfaq Matoo, Executive Director, JKASW a practitioner in the area of disaster management briefed participants about the various aspects of disaster management like role of communities in disaster management, community based disaster vulnerability mapping, availability of disaster kits , dry rations, emergency response, importance of local volunteers in relief and rescue work , preparation of community based disaster management plans and role of councilors in disaster management mitigation etc. Audio- visual documentaries related to topic were also screened during the workshop
The objective of the 3-day workshop was to sensitize and build capacities of the elected representatives of PRIs and ULBs in the area of disaster management in order to enable them to perform better in case of natural disasters at community level.
The workshop is being conducted as part of a series of capacity building workshops which is being conducted by J&KERA under its World Bank funded JTFRP and two capacity building workshops for the” Role of NSS scheme in disaster management and “Preparation of school safety plans” have already been conducted which were attended by the NSS coordinators, NSS volunteers and principals and various functionaries of different schools across the valley.
Mohd Azhar, PRO
Dated 09 May 2019
honorable Governor ,J&K Inaugurates Grade Seperator at TRC Srinagar.
Shri Satya Pal Mailk, Hon’ble Governor of J&K today inaugurated the Grade Seperator at Tourist Reception Centre, Srinagar. The project has been constructed by J&K ERA under the JKUSDIP (Jammu and Kashmir Urban Sector Development Investment Programme). Advisors to Hon’ble Governor , Shri K.K Sharma, Shri Khurshid Ahmad Ganai,Shri K.Skandan and Shri Junaid Mattoo,Hon’ble Mayor, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Shri B.V.R Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary, J&K State, Shri Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary , Planning, Monitoring and Development Department was also present on the occasion.
Dr. Raghav Langer , Chief Executive Officer J&KERA briefed the Hon’ble Governor about the salient features of the project. He said the project has been completed with the cost of Rs 41 crores and consists of two limbs of one taking off from Sonawar side and landing near – Linz and other limb landing near the main gate of JKBank corporate office. The two lane Grade Separator has a carriage way width of 7.5 meters and has total length of 630 metres including that of three ramps. The construction of grade separator would pave way for smooth movement of traffic near the TRC- Sonawar- Radio Kashmir crossing were traffic jamming is quite frequent during the peak hours .
Shri Baseer Ahmad Khan, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Shri Dilbag Singh, Director General of Police, Shri Khursheed Ahmad , Commissioner Secretary , R&B , Shahid Iqbal Chowdhary, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar , Chief Engineers of R&B, UEED, PHED ,S.P traffic , Srinagar and several other senior officers also attended the function.
Mohammad Azhar, PRO
Dated 12 April 2019
Principal Advisor , MRTS projects E.Sreedharan visits proposed corridor of Srinagar Mass Rapid Transit System
Principal Advisor , MRTS projects E.Sreedharan visits proposed corridor of Srinagar Mass Rapid Transit System
Shri E.Sreedharan , Principal Advisor , J&K Govt for MRTS (Mass Rapid Transit System) project in J&K today visited the proposed corridors for Srinagar city along with Shri Dheeraj Gupta (IAS) , Principal Secretary , Housing and Urban Development Department and Dr. Raghav Langer(IAS) , Chief Executive Officer, J&K ERA, J&K.
During site visit Shri Dheeraj Gupta , Principal Secretary, H&UDD informed Shri E.Sreedharan about the North –South and East- West corridors which have been proposed by RITES limited a Govt. of India Enterprise in its draft DPR for the project. The team had an on spot inspection of various locations in Srinagar city which included Shalteng Batmaloo, Jehangir Chowk,Amirakadal, Sonwar, Nowhatta, SKIMS and Ellahi Bagh (near Hazratbal crossing) etc
Principal Secretary, H&UDD informed that the halting points shall be decided keeping in view the high density traffic areas, key business and administrative areas where daily influx of the commuters is huge. Representatives of RITES India Limited gave on spot presentation of the draft DPR prepared by it for the Srinagar, MRTS.
E Sreedharan, Principal Advisor, MRTS Projects, J&K Govt suggested some modifications during the site visit as per the ground conditions.
Javed Iqbal Tara, Director , Kashmir, JKERA, Fayaz Ahmad , Chief Town Planner, Kashmir, Sheikh Javed, Project Manager, Transport, J&KERA and Nimit Kumar, Manager, RITES accompanied the high level team during the site visit.
(Muhammad Azhar)
Public Relations Officer
Dated 09 March 2019
Shri K.K Sharma, Advisor to Hon’ble Governor reviews progress of ERA projects in Srinagar.
Shri K.K Sharma, Advisor to Hon’ble Governor, J&K State today reviewed the progress of various important projects being executed by J&K ERA under the ongoing JKUSDIP (Jammu and Kashmir Urban sector Development Investment Programme ) funded by Asian Development Bank at J&K ERA Office , Rambagh Srinagar.
Dr. Raghav Langer, Chief Executive Officer, J&KERA while giving PowerPoint presentation of the ongoing JKUSDIP (Jammu and Kashmir Urban Sector Development Investment Programme ) informed that out of the total of 53 sub-projects works on 43 sub-projects which include construction of mechanized car parking facility at KMDA, Srinagar and at city chowk super bazaar, Jammu, Vikram Chowk flyover at Jammu, 1st phase of Jehangir chowk-Rambagh Flyover, New Mehjoor Bridge at Jawahar Nagar, Srinagar, 3 landfill cells at municipal Landfill site , Achan, Srinagar besides providing of equipments to PHED and SMC while as work on remaining 10 sub- projects is under execution at present.
He said that 99% physical progress has been achieved on the construction of Rawalpora-Chanapora storm water drainage sub-project with work on laying of drainage network and construction of two main pumping stations already complete. He added that 76% physical progress has been achieved on the construction of Storm Water drainage sub-project along the national highway byepass at Athwajan and 87% progress has been achieved on the laying of 18Kms raw water pipeline from upper reaches of Doodhganga at Nauhara to Kralpora and balance portion of these works had to be re-tendered due to the non-performance of the contractors and these works will be completed by May, 2019.
Giving details about the progress of work on the construction of Jehangir-Chowk -Rambagh flyover CEO, ERA informed that 84% physical progress has been achieved on the project as a whole and said that as per the revised pert chart submitted for the pending works of the flyover contractor has committed to complete the balance work on the sub-project by May, 2019. Hon’ble Advisor appreciated the support being provided by the District Administration, Srinagar to JKERA for smooth execution of work on the flyover. He also directed JKERA to ensure that the non-performing contractors be got blacklisted and appreciated the fact that JKERA under loan I and Loan 2 has been been able to create state of art key public assets with the financial assistance of Asian Development Bank.
Later Advisor K.K Sharma visited the constructions sites of Jehangir Chowk Rambagh Flyover and Grade Separator at TRC,Srinagar during which he directed the engineers and contractor to further speed up the pace of work to ensure that timelines are strictly complied with .
Meeting was also attended by Dr, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Tahir Geelani, S.S.P Traffic, Srinagar, Ashok Kumar, Chief Engineer, I&FC, , Adbul Wahid Chief Engineer, PHE,Kashmir, Sami Arif , Chief Engineer, R&B, Kashmir, Hashmat Qazi, Chief Engineer, EM&RE, Kashmir, Showkat Wani, Director, Kashmir, J&KERA, Nazir Ahmad Baba, Additional Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation and other senior officers of line departments and J&KERA,
Mohammad Azhar, PRO
Dated 23 February 2019
CEO J&KERA inspects construction site of Additional block at Lal Ded Hospital
Building to be constructed using Base Isolation Technique
Dr. Raghav Langer (IAS) Chief Executive Officer, J&K ERA today inspected the construction site of additional block of Lal Ded Maternity Hospital in Srinagar. The project has been taken up at an approximate cost of Rs 75 crore under the World Bank funded JTFRP (Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project) for strengthening of critical infrastructure in the state .
The Officers of JKPCC which is designated implementing agency for the project informed CEO, ERA that the proposed additional hospital block will be constructed adjacent to the existing hospital complex and the new building will be integrated with it. The Building will have ground plus 5-floors with parking space, patients waiting lounge, canteen in ground floor, new –born section in 1st floor, operation theatres and labour rooms in 2nd floor, 3rd floor as patients waiting lounge and hospital equipments while as 4th and 5th floors will have space for wards It was said that the building will be constructed using the Base Isolation Technique which is earth quake proof and has been recommended by the World Bank as the region falls under the Seismic Zone –V . The technique will be used for the first time in any of the public constructions in the state. The building block has also been categorized as GREEN BUILDING and is being designed to achieve the Performance based on International design standards
CEO, ERA also had an interaction with the hospital authorities who expressed satisfaction with the proposed design of the building and also made a request for providing of logistic requirements like complete medical equipments and furniture that will be required for making the additional hospital block functional. CEO, ERA directed the officers of JKPCC and JTFRP to hold the meeting with the J&K Medical Supplies Corporation so that the component is taken care off under the project. He also directed the JKPCC and design consultancy to complete the preparation of drawings and other technical details by first week of March, 2019 and ensure that the work on the project is started at the earliest
Several Officers of Lad Ded Hospital, JKPCC, and JTFRP also accompanied the CEO, ERA during his visit.
Muhammad Azhar,Public Relations Officer JKERA, Kas
Dated 05 February 2019
ERA/JTFRP organizes workshop on Upgrading Design Guidelines and State Building Codes in J&K
ERA/JTFRP organizes workshop on Upgrading Design Guidelines and State Building Codes in J&K
ERA today organized a day long workshop on Upgrading Design Guidelines and Building Codes for Multiple Disasters in J&K at Jammu Municipal Corporation Conference hall under the Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project. The workshop was attended by participants from Town Planning Organisation, Jammu Municipal Corporation, Jammu Development Authority, Urban Local Bodies, Fire and Emergency Services, PHE Department and Tourism Department.
CEO ERA, Dr. Raghav Langer while welcoming the participants briefed about the objectives of the workshop. Dr. Langer informed that the aim of the workshop is that there is need to have uniform building codes for all Municipal Corporations, Municipal Committees, Municipal Councils, Development Authorities and Tourism Development Authorities in the state of J&K. It is required from the point of view of effective Disaster resilience of the structures as the state is prone to various kinds of natural disasters. While inaugurating the workshop the Secretary (HuDD) Anil Gupta who was the Chief Guest on the occasion congratulated ERA/JTFRP for organizing the workshop on the topic and emphasized the need for organizing more such workshops for engineers of different line departments so that they are able to keep themselves aware about latest structural designs and procedures from disaster management point of view. Director Planning and Coordination, JTFRP, Iftikhar Ahmad Hakeem emphasized that there is a need to look into the building permissions/permit process of various ULB’s, Authorities and to customize it as per the state’s requirement and to simplify the same for the benefit of citizens. Some kind of building bye-laws also need to be notified to regulate the constructions in rural areas. It was also agreed to explore the possibility of empaneling and registering private Architects, Structural Engineers, Draftsmen, etc to augment the capacities of ULB’s and Development Authorities.
Workshop included the PowerPoint Presentation and interactive session conducted by Dr. Alpa Sheth and experts from TARU and VMS consultants. Workshop was also attended by Iftikhar Ahmad Kakroo, Director Technical JTFRP, Director ERA Kashmir and other stakeholders departments.
Makarand Mehta, PRO J
Dated 31 January 2019
J&K ERA imposes second penalty of Rs 2.00 crore on Contractor working on Jehangir Chowk –Rambagh Flyover
J&K ERA has imposed a further penalty of Rs 2.00 crores on the Contractor (M/S Simplex Infrastructure Limited) executing work on the Jehangir Chowk –Rambagh Flyover. M/s. Simplex Infrastructure Ltd. (SIL) has been penalized for its failure to complete the 2nd Phase of the flyover i.e (Rambagh – Alochibagh stretch)
Chief Executive Officer , J&K ERA Dr. Raghav Langer, IAS said that as per the revised time schedule submitted by M/S SIL (Simplex Infrastructure Limited) had to complete the structural portion of 2nd phase of the flyover project by 31st December 2018. However the same has now got delayed till end of February – 2019 due to sub-optimal manpower, material and machinery deployed by the contractor. The Chief Executive Officer said that the strict monitoring of milestones for the mega project is being done on a continuous basis and the contractor shall be penalized under relevant sections of contract agreement for delaying the work. It may be recalled that in the month of October 2018 the contractor has already been penalized with an initial penalty of Rs. 1.25 crore by J&K ERA.
The CEO J&K ERA has also directed the project staff to impose employer’s claims under relevant clauses on the contractor for delays in the project and additional burden being put on the state exchequer on account of salaries of employees and extension of tenure of the Design & Supervision Consultants deployed on the project by Government.
Meanwhile, J&K ERA is constantly engaged with the contractor to ensure that the remaining structural works that include erection of girders, laying of deck slabs, retaining walls, etc. on 3rd phase of the flyover from Alochibagh to Jehangir chowk gets completed as per agreed timelines. It has been reiterated to the contractor to professionally execute the contract agreement or face the brunt of action in future as well.
The contractor is supposed to make the complete stretch of flyover motorable by June 2019 as per his submitted work plan.
Muhammad Azhar, Public Relations Officer
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