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Dated 10 January 2022
Lieutenant Governor ,Shri Manoj Sinha Flags off ALS (ALL Life Support) Ambulances procured by JTFRP under World Bank project
Lieutenant Governor , Shri Manoj Sinha today flagged- off the first batch of 34 No ALS ambulances
Lieutenant Governor , Shri Manoj Sinha today flagged- off the first batch of 34 No ALS (All Life Support ) ambulances procured under the World Bank funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project at District Hospital , Gandhinagar, Jammu.

68 ALS (All Life Support) ambulances have been procured at a cumulative cost of ₹ 24.37 under the CERC (Contingency Emergency Response) component of the World Bank funded JTFRP for the strengthening of the pre-hospital emergency services for the people living in remotest parts of J&K
These ALS ambulances are fully equipped with various lifesaving medical equipment’s like, inbuilt aswell as portable oxygen cylinders, suction pumps, ECG monitors, NIDT Syringe pump, Transport Ventilator (Portable), Defibrillator, Auto loader collapsible stretcher, Scoop –Stretcher, Spine board with straps and head blocks, wheelchair, nebuliser machine, suction system, pulse-Oximeter, Glucometer and cool and warm box for medicines and blood.
The availability of these latest ambulances in hospitals would provide the much needed pre-hospital emergency services to the population of around 15-17 lacs living in various areas far flung areas across the Union Territory.
“The availability of the All Life Support ambulance in our hospital was much needed as we did not have such a facility for the transportation of patients for specialised treatment in district or a tertiary care hospitals, Now with the availability of this facility in our hospital I am sure we will be able to save many precious lives “ said Aatta Khan resident of Kandimarg, Kulgam
“ Being located on the Srinagar- Sonmarg road we in our hospital usually witness high number of accident cases and the ALS ambulances provided to us would help in timely transportation of the seriously injured patients to the nearest tertiary care hospital thus help in saving the precious human lives “ said Dr Riyaz, Ahmad, Zonal Block Medical Officer, Gund, Ganderbal.
Mohammad Azhar , PRO
Dated 14 December 2021
World Bank organizes Virtual Workshop on Emergency Operations Management
Well-designed Emergency Operation Centre key to Efficient Management of Emergencies: Experts
A Two Day Virtual Workshop on the theme of “Emergency Operation Management & The Role of Emergency Operations Centre in Emergency Management” was organized by the World Bank for the capacity building of the J&K ERA/JTFRP which has recently started the execution of work on the construction of a State of Art Rs 34.88 crore (Emergency Operations Centre) at Ompura, Budgam under the World Bank funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project.

Er.Basharat Ahmad Kawoosa, Director Technical, JTFRP in his inaugural address said “The workshop has been organized at an opportune time as the work in U.T level EOC is in its initial stage and the learnings from the workshop can be incorporated in further fine tuning the design of EOC”. He said that the workshop will further build capacities of participants in the sphere of emergency operation management.
Peeyush Ramawatar Sekhsaria, Disaster Management Expert, World Bank while speaking about the objectives of the workshop said that World Bank as part of strengthening the technical capacity to respond effectively and timely to an impending crisis under the ongoing disaster recovery projects in J&K and Uttrakhand has funded the establishment of the EOC (Emergency Operations Centers) in the U.T and State respectively. He said the workshop is being organized for the E.A’s (Executing Agencies) UDRP & JTFRP to help them in the finalization of good design for their respective EOCs.

He also introduced the resource persons for the workshop Balaji Singh Chawhan, Senior Disaster Management Expert, Kishan Sanku , Disaster Management Expert, and Faisal Illiyas, Disaster Management Expert professional expert from the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Balaji Singh Chawhan, Sr. Disaster Management Expert having an experience of more than 30 years in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction with USAID, UNDP, UNICEF, etc in the session on the Concept and Structure of Ideal EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) said “EOC is a physical location where information & resources are coordinated to manage the emergency situations effectively”. Chawhan said that the EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) has to be structurally stable, effectively manageable and must have operational integrity”. He also delved at length on the subject of MAC – Multi Agency Coordination which is pivotal to the effective management of the emergency situations and on the ideal organizational structure of the EOC (Emergency Operations Centre)

Kishan Sanku, Disaster Management, Consultant in his session on the early warning systems, public information management, communication coordination, search & rescue, relief operations, and logistical arrangements briefed participants about the various latest tools of communication like, Satellite phones, HAM radio , VSAT, Satellite based Mobile Data Voice Terminal (SBMDVT) ,Cell Broadcasting, National Database for Emergency Management (NDEM) which have been found to be very useful in restoring the lines of communication in case of several hard hitting natural disasters like cyclones , floods etc.
Faisel Illiyas, Disaster Management professional from the Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority in his session on the technological solutions to the emergency operations made a technical presentation on the latest tools used in the state of Andhra Pradesh for the effective operation of the EOC which include: One touch video system, WEBEOC, Weather warning systems, Unified Command for Action, Data storage and its retrieval for future use, Geographic Information System Lab, Integrated Operational Dashboard, Forecasting and Warning systems, Wireless Emergency Alert Broadcast,
The two-day workshop was attended virtually by Er. Shakti Sagar, Director, Kashmir, J&KERA,,Er. Amir Ali, Nodal Officer, EOC, more than 80 participants from J&KERA,JTFRP various stakeholder agencies and line departments like U.T DRF, I&FC, SMC, Fire & Emergency Depts as well as the officers and consultants of UDRP (Uttarakhand Disaster Recovery Project).

Workshop concluded with Q&A sessions in which the participants asked various questions to the resource persons about the design requirements of EOC and various operational challenges in smooth functioning of EOC.
Mohammad Azhar, PRO
Dated 10 December 2021
CEO ERA inspects EOC Ompura,Budgam
CEO, ERA inspects site
Soon after the laying of the foundation stone of Rs 34.88 crore State of Art , U.T level Emergency Operations Centre and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Control Building by Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon’ble Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Govt. of India in presence of the Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor of J&K on 22nd , Nov, 2021, J&K Economic Reconstruction Agency has immediately started work on the project which is being executed under the World Bank funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project.
To review progress of work on the prestigious project, Dr, Syed Abid Rasheed Shah , Chief Executive Officer, JKERA/JTFRP today conducted the site visit along with the senior officers of JKERA and JTFRP conducted the site inspection.
Er. Shakti Sagar, Director, J&KERA, Kashmir informed the CEO, ERA/JTFRP that the Emergency Operations Building constructed over a 80 kanals of land at Ompura, Budgam would comprise G+1 floors having a total plinth area of 33,980 and will also house the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Centre building that would be the central control room for the 80 dewatering pumping stations in Srinagar City for scientifically controlling and managing all the pump stations in the City using I.T enabled services
Er. Shakti Sagar, Director, J&KERA, Kashmir informed the CEO, ERA/JTFRP that the Emergency Operations Building constructed over a 80 kanals of land at Ompura, Budgam would comprise G+1 floors having a total plinth area of 33,980 and will also house the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Centre building that would be the central control room for the 80 dewatering pumping stations in Srinagar City for scientifically controlling and managing all the pump stations in the City using I.T enabled s
Mohd Azhar, PRO
Dated 22 November 2021
Union Finance Minister Shmt. Nirmala Sitharaman e-inaugurates World Bank funded projects worth Rs 130.49Cr
Lays virtual foundation stone of Rs 34.89 Cr U.T Level Emergency Operation Centre & SCADA Control Room at Humhama
Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon’ble Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs in presence of Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor of J&K today e-inaugurated various projects worth Rs.130.49 crores under the health, education, urban infrastructure, disaster management sectors which have been executed under the World Bank funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project in the Union Territory of J&K at SKICC Srinagar.

These projects have been completed by J&KERA under the 250 million USD World Bank funded JTFRP (Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project)
The projects e-inaugurated under the Health sector include supply of several advanced medical equipments to different hospitals across J&K like hi-tech 128 slice C.T Scan machines , Ultrasonic Advance frequency cutting coagulation machines Diathermy & vessel sealing machines, High Flow Oxygen devices, Hydraulic operation theatre beds, mobile X- Ray machines etc

The supply of these various high –end critical care medical equipment’s to various hospitals would strengthen the health care system in J&K and provide people with the best medical care at their nearest govt. health facility and also reduce the referrals of patients to the tertiary care hospitals.
Projects e-inaugurated under education sector included the 31 No school building’s constructed across J&K at a cumulative cost of Rs 24.76 Cr apprx. mostly in the remote areas of Poonch, Rajouri, Nowshera, Udhampur, Sunderbani, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Anantnag, Mandi, R.S pura, Srinagar and Jammu. These school buildings have been constructed using the BaLA (Building as a learning aid) architecture to make school buildings attractive for children and to aid students in the learning process.

The projects e-inaugurated under Urban Infrastructure sector include the construction of Rigid Concrete Pavement road from Peerbagh to Humhama Chowk at a cost of Rs 8.0 crore to make the flood prone portion of the road leading upto Srinagar Airport flood resilient and resistant to winter vagaries.
Rs 12.80 crore Nadroo Storm Water Drainage project in uptown Srinagar which has provided relief from frequent urban flooding during rainy seasons and winters to several habitations like nadru, nadirgund etc

To strengthen the capability of the PRI s to meet the emergency posed due to any natural disaster search and rescue equipments worth Rs 18.60 Cr have been provided to Panchayat Raj Institutions in different districts of U.T of J&K & Ladakh. The provision of these search & rescue equipments would equip the first responders with the much needed wherewithal to meet any eventuality at community level.
Dr.Syed Abid Rasheed Shah gave a detailed presentation about physical & financial achievements made in the implementation of the World Bank funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project.

One major achievement of the JTFR project has been enlistment of the Srinagar city in the UNESCO World Creative Cities Network . Srinagar is one of the 49 cities World wide to figure in the coveted list in the category of Arts and Crafts.

Shri Atal Duloo , Additional Chief Secretary ,Finance J&K, Shri Niteshwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to Lieutenant Governor , J&k and other senior officers of U T administration were also present on the occasion.
Mohammad Azhar , PRO, Kashmir
Dated 09 November 2021
Srinagar enlisted in UNESCO Creative Cities Network
A moment to rejoice for Artisans & all Stakeholders
Srinagar has made it to the coveted list of United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Arts and Crafts for the year 2021.

The Dossier for the UNESCO creative cities network list had been prepared under the Restoration & Strengthening of Livelihoods component of the World Bank funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project. The preparation of the Dossier was started under Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project in the year 2018 and a consultancy namely (Intach- Drona JV) was hired for the purpose after undertaking the consultation process with all the concerned stakeholders like Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Department of Industries & Commerce, Department of Handicrafts, Artisans & Craftsmen, trade bodies etc
“It’s a moment of immense satisfaction for the artisan community as the enlisting of Srinagar in UNESCO Creative Cities Network would bring Srinagar on the international platform and expand markets for our crafts” says Mehmooda an artisan associated with crewel cluster at Noorbagh,Srinagar.

“The designation of Srinagar City in UNESCO Creative cities would give a big push to marketing of Kashmir as a major tourist destination globally and it is expected that more and more tourists across would visit Kashmir in future and give a much needed flip to tourist industry in valley” said Ashiq Khurro associated with tourist industry
Dr Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Chief Executive Officer JKERA/JTFRP said that it is a moment of immense satisfaction for all of us that only three cities at National level have made it to the UNESCO list and Srinagar is one of them” . He said that “Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor, J&K Shri Manoj Sinha has taken a personal interest in the matter and it’s because of his guidance that this unique recognition has been achieved” .CEO ERA/JTFRP added that under the World Bank funded, JTFRP efforts were being made vigorously since 2019 to bring our arts and crafts on the international platform so that our artisans and crafts get the credit and recognition .It has been collective effort of the various departments with Dept. of Industries & Commerce playing the major role along with Srinagar Municipal Corporation, and Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project.

“It is very heartening for the entire World Bank team that Srinagar has been able to bag a position in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network list under the World Bank funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project” said Mr Deepak Singh ,Deputy Team Leader World Bank for JTFRP
Iftikhar Hakim, Director, Planning & Coordination JTFRP said that its is a moment of rejoice for the all the citizens of Srinagar City and stakeholders particularly Artisans and distinction has been achieved due to the tireless efforts of all the stakeholders who continued their hardwork despite not being able to get to the list in our first attempt in 2019. “We reworked on the Dossier this year and redrafted Dossier had been submitted by the Srinagar Municipal Corporation. Hardwork and perseverance of all the stakeholders has been paid in the end with the Srinagar finally making it to the coveted list” Iftikhar Hakim said.
Mehmood Ahmad Shah, Director Handicrafts & Handlooms, said “Main aim of the initiative is to glorify all the Artisans and as part of the promotion of our arts and crafts we are adopting a multipronged brand strategy which includes an ideal market mix of Handmade with Heart, Authenticity, Testing and G.I tagging of various crafts.

Salim Beigh, Convener, INTACH private limited a consultancy which has prepared a Dossier said “ Every City has its uniqueness in creative domain and UNESCO cities Network is an initiative to bring unique creative aspects on a global platform” He also said that under the Dossier we have made various commitments which are to be fulfilled and continuous assessment of these need to be followed up
Mohammad Azhar , PRO
Dated 01 November 2021
Rs 31.89 crore World Bank funded Integrated Road Upgradation project to strengthen road connectivity in North Kashmir
Road upgradation project to benefit 1.5 lac souls in Bandipore & Baramulla Districts
Rs 31.89 crores are being spent on the strengthening of the inter-district road connectivity between Baramulla and Bandipore Districts in North Kashmir under the World Bank funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project.

The integrated road project being executed under the component -Reconstruction of Roads & Bridges of JTFRP involves the upgradation of 12.68 km Hamrey- Sultanpora-Nowgam , 6 km Shadipora-Khanpeth Sumbal road (District Baramulla/Bandipore) and 7.186 km Hajin-Ajas via Saidnura (District Bandipore).
The work on the road upgradation project is being executed by J&K Economic Reconstruction Agency and as part of the routine monitoring of the works, Er, Shakti Sagar, Director, Kashmir, JKERA today inspected work on the road upgradation project.
Er. Syed Zahoor Hussain , Project Manager, Transport, J&KERA, Kashmir while giving details of the project informed that work on the integrated road upgradation project includes upgradation of road from single lane to the intermediate lane configuration in (Shadipora-Khanpeth-Sumbal ) & (Hajin –Ajas) and strengthening of existing Hamray –Sultanpora –Nowgam road with the laying of GSB (granular sub-base), WBM (wet bituminous macadam) , BM (bituminous macadam) and construction of drainage structures and protection works wherever required.

Project Manager, Transport further informed that J&KERA has already completed black topping on the 7.186 km Hajin-Ajas and 6 km Shadipora-Khanpeth roads under the project and work on the protection works is underway.
He added that work on the Hamrey-Sultanpora-Nowgam road section had been impacted due to the issue over supply of the construction materials which has now been sorted out and work on the strengthening of the road surface and protection work is underway in full swing and blacktopping of the road will be taken up during the forthcoming working season.

Director, ERA asked Project Manager, Transport, JKERA to further expedite the pace of work on the project and ensure full compliance to all the quality control parameters. He also directed Project Manager to immediately start the construction of one of the dilapidated culverts on Hajin-Ajas road after seeking no objection certificate from the Irrigation and Flood control department.
The integrated road upgradation project will benefit around 1.5 lac souls living in the more than 30 villages along both the sides of the road and will provide them with all-weather road connectivity with improved riding surface and improved access to market for their agricultural produce and better access to health, education etc. The villages to be benifitted include Koshum Bagh, Rakhi Hajin, Sadurkote, Sadunara, Gund Prang, Ajas, Hamray, Trambgund, Rakhi Hygam, Wussan, Gundi Jehangir, Sadatpora, Sumbal, Tangapora, Bulagam, Shadipora , Rakhi Shilvat, Najin, Tirgam, Gund Khalil, Parihaspora, Turgam, Khanpeth etc
Mohammad Azhar , PRO(K)
Dated 21 October 2021
J&K ERA gives warm send off to Er (Mrs) Tanvir Mir
Er. (Mrs) Tanvir Mir who was recently transferred from J&KERA and posted as the Chief Engineer, PMGSY, Kashmir was today given a warm send off by J&KERA
Er. (Mrs) Tanvir Mir who was recently transferred from J&KERA and posted as the Chief Engineer, PMGSY, Kashmir was today given a warm send off by J&KERA.

Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Chief Executive Officer, J&KERA/JTFRP while appreciating the contribution of Mrs. Tanvir Mir as Director, Kashmir, JKERA said that the officer owing to her dedication, hard work and diligence has carved a niche for herself in the male dominated engineering profession. She holds the distinction of being the first female Chief Engineer in PWD (R&B) Dept he said
Dr Syed Abid Rasheed also said that the Er. Tanvir Mir during her tenure in JKERA played a key role in further accelerating the progress of various works being executed by J&KERA under the World Bank funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project in Kashmir Division.

Chief Executive Officer, JKERA congratulated Er. Tanvir Mir on her appointment as Chief Engineer, PMGSY, Kashmir and wished her all the best in her new place of posting and said that she would further contribute to the objective of PMJSY of providing the reliable road connectivity to the unconnected rural communities.
CEO, ERA also welcomed Er. Shakti Sagar the new Director, Kashmir,JKERA and expressed the hope that he will take forward what has been accomplished by the outgoing Director.

Er Basharat Kawoos, Director Technical, JTFRP termed Er. (Mrs) Tanvir Mir as a very competent officer who is true to her beliefs and leads from front as a team leader.
Dr.Meenakshi Thakur, Director, Central, JKERA speaking on the occasion said that she was deeply impressed by the style of working of Er (Mrs) Tanvir Mir and hailed her for the accomplishments she has been able to achieve in her service career so far .

Mr Tasawuf Amin, Director, Finance, JKERA in his vote of thanks said that working with Er. (Mrs) Tanvir Mir was a pleasant experience and wished the outgoing Officer all the best in her future assignments
Er. (Mrs) Tanvir Mir , the outgoing Director Kashmir in her concluding remarks said that working in JKERA was altogether a very different but challenging experience and thanked CEO,ERA and all Directors of J&KERA/JTFRP and all the staff of JKERA for extending their full cooperation and support during her tenure in ERA.

The farewell meeting was also attended by Er, Syed, Zahoor, Hussain, Project Manager, Transport/Hydraulic, JKERA, Additional Secretary, Legal, J&KERA Deputy Project Managers and all the staff of JKERA and JTFRP
Mohammad Azhar , PRO ,JKERA / JTFRP (K)
Dated 18 September 2021
World Bank Mission applauds J&K Govt. & JKERA over implementation of JTFRP
5-Day World Bank’s Virtual Mission for JTFRP concludes
World Bank Mission, Washington D.C has applauded the Govt of J&K and JTFRP for its efforts in the implementation of the USD 250 million Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project. The World Bank team hailed the efforts of the last two years made in the project implementation of JTFRP, which has shown remarkable progress across the various project parameters..

These comments were made during the 5-Day Virtual Mission of World Bank, Washington D.C . The task team leader of the World Bank Mission Hemang Karelia and other members took a detailed and comprehensive review of the entire project during the 5-day virtual mission. The team had discussions with PMU (Project Management Unit), JKERA and the PIUs (Project implementation units) SMC, PWD (R&B), I&CD, J&KERA, and JKMSCL which are implementing the (06) components of the project.
Chief Executive Officer,JKERA/JTFRP ,Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, during the kick off meeting said that Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project which is being executed as part of Prime Ministers Development Package (PMDP) during the last 2 years has shown a remarkable progress with more than 90% of procurement undertaken during the said period . He said that 82 sub-projects out of the total of 213 stand completed under the project as on date.

Dr.Syed Abid said that progress under the CERC (Contingency Emergency Response component) which had been activated under the project in view of the medical emergency necessitated due to the COVID-19 pandemic has shown a remarkable progress with 44 sub-projects out of the total of 69 sub-projects involving the procurement of several critical care equipment’s for various hospitals across the J&K having been already procured and installed in the hospitals. He further said that work on 30 Oxygen Generation Plants being constructed under the project in the (30) hospitals situated in remotest parts of U.T is going on war footing and will be completed within the stipulated timeframe.
Work on the (04) mega storm water drainage projects in Srinagar city and various road upgradation sub-projects which were taken up for execution by J&KERA post COVID-19 lock down in 2021 have also shown remarkable progress he added.

It is pertinent to mention here that during the last two years (2020-2021) 90% of disbursements have been made under the project as against the 10% of disbursements made under the project during the initial (04) four years (2016-2019).
DEA (Department of Economic Affairs) Ministry of Finance, Govt of India during the past (03) TPRM ( Tripartite Portfolio Review Missions) held during last two years has also expressed satisfaction over the implementation of JTFRP since last two years and post-merger of JTFRP in JKERA.

During the 5 day virtual mission the World Bank team had a detailed discussion on the progress achieved on each (6) components of the project which include Reconstruction and Strengthening of the Critical Infrastructure, Reconstruction of the Roads and Bridges, Restoration of the Urban Flood Management System, Restoration and Strengthening of the Livelihoods, Strengthening of the Disaster Risk Management System, and Contingency Emergency Response for Covid -19 with the each PIU (Project Implementing Unit) wherein progress undertaken under each component was discussed and World Bank team gave its valuable inputs for the smooth and timely execution of the project.
Over a period of last 2 years many significant sub-projects like Composite Market Centre for Silk at Rajbagh, Composite Market Centre for Wool at Bemina,20 BaLa (Building as a Learning Aid ) designed Govt. primary school buildings for promotion of innovative and creative teaching methods for children studying in Govt schools ,studies like the one on Designing of new building codes , have also been completed which will have significant positive impact on the livelihoods of lacs of families and promotion of safe building practices, Procurement of various rescue & relief equipment, Quick response vehicles , to UTDRF & Fire & Emergency Dept, for strengthening their capacities to effectively manage the natural calamities and accidents, Procurement of the high capacity pumps along with the accessories for Srinagar Municipal Corporation for better urban flood management.

Virtual mission was also attended by Shri Vikas Kundal, Managing Director ,JKPCC, Basharat Kawoosa, Director, Technical, JTFRP, Iftkhar, Hakim, Director, Planning & Coordination, JTFRP, Dr. Yashpal, Managing Director, JKMSCL, Ravinder, Mansotra , Director, Jammu, JKERA, Tanvir,Mir, Director, JKERA, Kashmir, Meenakshi Thakur, Director Central, J&KERA ,Tasawuf Amin, Director, Finance, JKERA and other officers of Srinagar Municipal Corporation, PWD (R&B) , Industries &Commerce Dept ,JKPCC and J&KMedical Supplies Corporation Limited

Besides Team Leader, Hemang Karelia World Bank team was represented by Deepak Singh, Deputy Team Leader, Dr, Chandershekhar, renowned Hospital Architect, Neha Vyas, Environment Officer, Harjot Kaur, Social Safeguard Officer.
Mohammad Azhar , PRO,Kashmir
Dated 25 August 2021
CEO ERA directs for Quick execution of Road Connectivity Projects
Chief Executive Officer, JKERA/JTFRP, Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah reviewed the progress of various ongoing roads and bridges projects being executed by J&K ERA
Chief Executive Officer, JKERA/JTFRP, Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah reviewed the progress of various ongoing roads and bridges projects being executed by J&K ERA in Jammu Division under the World Bank funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project.
Ravinder Kumar Mansotra, Director, JKERA Jammu informed that the work is apace on seven road projects in Jammu Division which include the upgradation of 18.29 km Sidhra -Surinsar road, upgradation of 11 km Tutan Di Khuie to Khada- Madana road, upgradation of 10 km Malaini-Chakarbati road, Upgradation of 10.15 km Chirala Link road, upgradation of 27 km Gulati to Shahdra Sharief road via Gambir Gali, upgradation of 5 km Devi Mai to Ohli Mandir road and upgradation of 4.5 km Anji-Panasa road. He said more than 90 kms of road length is being upgraded under these projects most of which are vital to strengthening the vital road links in several remotest parts of Jammu Division. While reviewing the progress of the Sidhra -Surinsar road, CEO was apprised that the 18.29 kms long tourism and pilgrimage circuit that connects Sidhra-Surinsar-Mansar and Utterbehni and Purmandal will be completed by October 2021 benefitting more than 5 lakh souls.
CEO was also apprised that the work on upgradation of Devi Mai to Ohli Mandir road and Anji-Panasa road will be completed by October 2021. After restoration of Anji Panasa road, the affected areas will be benefitted by the restored access to markets thereby increasing the economic growth in the area and timely access to health and education services for more than 50 thousand souls. From connectivity and pilgrim point of view, Devi Mai to Oli Mandir road has high importance. This road will benefit approximately one lakh souls. During the meeting CEO,JKERA/JTFRP was further informed that the work is also underway on construction of (03) vital bridge projects in the remotest parts of the Jammu Division which include construction of motorable steel bridge from Katheel Ganjoo to Barsoa over Ghordi Nallah and motorable bridge from Barsoa to Patri over Barmeeen Nallah in Udhampur District, construction of steel decked foot bridge over Anji Nallah at Sukhal Ghati in Reasi District and construction of steel truss bridge over Betar nallah in Poonch District.
CEO was apprised that the work on 43mtr Span Steel Decked Foot Bridge Over Anji Nallah At Sukhal Ghati in Reasi District will be executed by November 2021. The bridge is a vital link between vast areas of Tote, Ladda-A, Ladda-B, Sahri, Sukhal Gati villages having approximate population of 10000. The bridge will also indirectly serve thousands of souls of other adjoining areas as it will provide useful link between these areas and district head quarter at Reasi. The area being rich in horticulture products will get enormous economic and social upliftment due to this connectivity. While reviewing the progress of work Dr. Abid Rasheed directed all the engineers to regularly visit the sites and submit the progress report on daily basis and penalise the non performing contractors by imposition of the liquidity damages.
Mohammad Azhar , PRO ,Kashmir
Dated 05 August 2021
Lieutenant Governor Inaugurates World Bank funded Rs 23.50 Cr Modernized & Upgraded Composite Market Centre for Silk at Rajbagh
Shri Manoj Sinha , Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor, of Jammu and Kashmir inaugurated the Composite Market Centre for Silk
Shri Manoj Sinha , Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor, of Jammu and Kashmir today inaugurated the Composite Market Centre for Silk constructed under the World Bank funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project here today.

With an aim to upgrade and modernise the Rajbagh Silk Factory and to give a big push to the revival of the Silk Industry in J&K , regenerate employment opportunities for the youth in the traditional silk industry which once used to be the mainstay occupation of large number of people which include the farmers (cocoon rearers) as well as the artisans and other businesses associated with the silk industry the ambitious sub-project was included under the component of Strengthening & Restoration of the Livelhoods of the World Bank funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project (JTFRP).
The Govt. Silk Factory, Rajbagh had suffered the immense damage during the 2014 floods and both infrastructure and the equipment’s installed at the factory had been severely hit thus badly impacting the production of silk at the factory. With this in view a comprehensive rehabilitation of the infrastructure and modernisation of the factory was conceived under the World Bank project to provide the state of art facilities for all the stakeholders associated with the silk under one roof in the shape of the “Composite Market Centre for Silk”

Completed at a cost of Rs 14.50 crores the building has been constructed using the traditional architectural elements of Dajji Diwari pattern, use of lime mortar in construction , Dewri stone, Khatamband ceilings , papier machie wall panels etc. to retain the heritage value of the building.
A state of art composite market centre has market place for the cocoon rearers in the ground floor along with the elegantly designed conference hall , administrative hall which have all been embellished with the traditional papier machie panels on walls and exquisite khatamband on the roof.

As part of the comprehensive mechanisation plan of the factory the latest hi-tech textile weaving equipment’s which include latest (2 for 1 twisters) and other machinery worth Rs 7.5 Crore have been procured and installed in the factory. With the installation of latest machinery in the Silk factory the production of the silk fabric is expected to increase from existing 40,000 -50,000 meters per annum to 1.5 lac meters per annum. Consultancy was also hired at a cost of Rs 1.50 crores for purpose of designing and architecture inputs .The latest Hi-tech twisters are based on the programmed logic control technology that can be programmed to produce the fabric of the finest quality. The infrastructural upgradation and mechanisation plan of the Rajbagh Silk Factory under the PMDP (Prime Ministers Development Package ) is expected to give a major boost to the silk industry in J&K and help in creation of the additional employment opportunities for the local youth in the silk sector .
Later Hon'ble Lieutenant Governor J&K also interacted with the representatives of the (4) Artisan clusters of Willow wicker (Ganderbal) ,Papier machie (Zadibal) ,Crewel (Noorbagh) and Wool (Bandipore) which had set up stalls during the function. The artisan clusters have been established under the World Bank funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project for the skill enhancement of the artisans and training them in the management of the artisan owned clusters and developing market linkages for their products.

Presentation was also made by the experts of the consultancy engaged by JTFRP for the adaptive reuse of the Rajbagh Silk Factory and briefed the Hon'ble Lieutenant Governor about the steps proposed for the purpose like retrofitting of the old factory , using the old campus for dying, yarn certification and other beautification measures and linking the campus with the tourist circuit.
Shri, Baseer Ahmad Khan, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta (IAS) Chief Secretary, Shri Ranjan P Thakur , Principal Secretary to Govt. Industries & Commerce Dept, , Shri Pandurang Pole, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir ,Shri Abid Rasheed Shah, Chief Executive Officer, JKERA/JTFRP , Shri Mohammad Ajaz Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar and others senior officers were also present on the occasion.

Hina Shafi Bhat, V.C ,KVIB and other senior officers of the concerned departments were also present on the occasion.
Mohammad Azhar ,PRO ,JKERA ,Kashmir
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