x

Like our Facebook Page

   
Early Times Newspaper Jammu, Leading Newspaper Jammu
 
Breaking News :   Central team of Experts deputed to J&K | DPS Jammu organizes CBSE orientation programme | GSSC organises symposium | BPS students bring laurels in Poster Making Competition | Forget Jammu farmers, million dollar package for Kashmir apple growers on cards | Pak may lose some part of its territory to China for not clearing debts | Govt set to issue orders for JK’s domicile rights this month | Clouds of uncertainty loom over future of JKPDCL employees | Rajouri’s Pvt Schools running in violation of norms, permitted without requisite inspections | IB to probe DSP Davinder Singh’s 2005 letter to terrorist giving him safe passage | Late NC Leader’s son welcomes central Ministers to valley | Prove allegations or quit politics: Altaf Bukhari to Ghulam Nabi Azad | Govt identifies 153 ‘white-listed’ websites for 2G mobiles in Jammu region, no social media | Voice call, SMS facilities restored for prepaid mobile users in Kashmir | Incomplete bridge force poor villagers to trek tough terrain | Anganwari workers, helpers rue official apathy; demand pending dues | Grant of tehsils, colleges within 3 kms radius creates confusion among masses | Traffic to ply from Srinagar to Jammu for 2nd day today | Dirty toilet mocking PM’s cleanliness movement | #HumWapasAayenge trending on Twitter on 30 years of Kashmir Pandits exodus | CASO resumes in Budgam, no contact with militants so far | Pak violates LoC ceasefire twice in J&K | Process initiated to take over security of Srinagar, Jammu airports from J&K Police: CISF | Chill continues in Kashmir: Drass coldest at minus 24.1, Gulmarg freezes at minus 11 | ALC Kishtwar finds gross violation of labour laws during inspection of 1000 MW Pakkal Dul HEP | Border towns of Keran, Karnah, Machil, Gurez remain cut off | Sarpanches, Panches flays Govt departments | 10+2 contractual lecturers threaten to start protest | DC Ramban discusses arrangements for Central Ministers’ ensuing visit | Anantnag residents protest against inflated power bills | DDC Rajouri reviews arrangements for R-Day celebrations | Absconder arrested | PIOs, First Appellate Authority under Central RTI | SSP Rajouri bats for strong CI network, vigil on OGWs | Statue of Data Ranpat Dev Ji unveiled | JKSAC condemns political parties for misleading people over CAA | Handball Selection Trial Begins | MAX ABACUS conducts video exam | What Is There In A Name? | "J&K Youth; From Joblessness To Hopelessness" | Cong has admitted that Art 370 was against people of J&K: Bali | Congress leader expresses concern over slow pace of work at Gangyal hospital | ABKM deputation calls on Chairman National Commission for Backward Classes | Sahitik Goshti organized | DIC Ramban organises awareness camp at Sangaldan | Only a great man like PM Modi could have scrapped Article 370: Jitendra Singh | Horticulture Deptt releases Calendar- 2020 | Power shutdownNZATI hosts Induction Meet for Probationers | Visit of 36 ministers to J&K a mere publicity stunt: Harsh Dev | Lt Governor conducts whirlwind tour of Akhnoor, Jourian area | PEECC resents delay in salaries | Lt Governor seeks report regarding availability of essential commodities in snow affected areas | BJP Kashmir Displaced District holds meet, highlights Problems | Councillor raises Old City’s issues with LG Murmu | Congress alleges violation of norms, authority by government | Central ministers’ J&K public outreach begins | Court rejects bail of another HM OGW | SOS Hermann Gmeiner students participate in National Dance Competition | AIBCU deputation calls on Chairman NCBC | Samagra Shiksha to organise 'Kaano Dekhi Film' for 200 special kids | JK Athletics team leaves for Telangana | Road Safety Week organised at RM Public School | Dr SP Verma visits Sunrise Educational Trust | Dy Mayor JMC inaugurates different works in W No 1 | Shiv Sena raises questions over BJP ministers’ visit | Inter School Carrom Board Competition organised | Shiksha Niketan organises ’Kho – Kho Competition’ | Crematoriums in shambles, work needs to be expedited: Raman Suri | Back Issues  
 
news details
Ignoring dilapidated Valley roads, secreteriat roads get face lift
4/24/2018 11:10:32 PM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad
Early Times Report
Srinagar, Apr 24: In connection with the bi-annual Darbar Move here in Srinagar next month, the authorities are busy in spending huge amount on renovation and painting of roads leading to the civil secretariat.
However the general public here terms the practice as mere wastage of money as they said that the R&B and other departments are just presenting a rosy picture of a particular area while majority of the roads in the valley are in dilapidated condition.
The move offices to close in Jammu on April 27 and to reopen on May 7 here with traditional guard of honour by the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
Sources told early times that the government machinery, after virtual slumber for six months, seems to have woken up as labourers work hard to give a new look to roadside railings, footpaths, roads and dividing lanes leading to the civil secretariat.
"Apart from the streets, ministers' official bungalows and employees' quarters are also getting facelift for the bi-annual event," sources maintained.
Sources said that renovation and other repair works had also been started in government and private accommodations, where the darbar move offices will stay for next six months.
Sources said that State Road Transport Corporation authorities have been directed to make adequate number of buses available for the employees moving to Srinagar, while it has been asked to make trucks available for carrying official records to the summer Capital.
"The street lights are being repaired. The protection wall of only fly over is being painted and senior officers of the concerned agencies are continuously monitoring the progress on the day today basis," one of the top officials of the government said.
Sources said that on the other hand, the renovation and repair work in the bungalows of the VIPs including Ministers and bureaucrats has started. "Huge amount are being spent every year by the Estates Department for the renovation, repair and over all face lift of secretariat," sources said.
"This is a part of our annual repairing and maintenance program. We are repairing and painting the roads afresh ahead of the opening of the darbar here," said one of the top officials of the R&B department.
However, the practice has drawn flak from the general public terming it as 'a mere wastage of the money paid by the tax-payers.
The administration is busy cleaning foot paths, road dividers and fencing for the past one week in the particular area of the city, whereas majority roads are in dilapidated condition," said one of the senior citizens of the Srinagar city.
"This is public money and must be utilized properly," many said. Several shopkeepers in the city centre alleged that R&B uses sub-standard paint that gets washed away in a few days.
"Every six months the department paints the roads and footpaths afresh. But the paint hardly lasts for a month," Shabir Ahmad, a shopkeeper argued.
Darbar Move in J&K is a 138-year-old tradition started by Dogra rajas. But the practice continued after 1947.
Dr Farooq Abdullah had to face stiff resistance from Jammu lawyers when he tried to abandon the practice in the '80s. Finally he gave up the idea.
The practice of Durbar Move was started in 1872 by the then ruler of J&K, Maharaja Gulab Singh. In May, Darbar opens in Srinagar and closes on October 31 to open in Jammu on November 10.
The state government annually spends crores for for moving the offices, records and employees to Jammu in November and then back to Srinagar in May.
More than 40 offices and their sub-departments move in full after functioning for six winter months in Jammu while 45 departments move in camp. The latter carry 33 per cent of their staff strength.
All the move offices, apart from the manpower and other office paraphernalia, shift truck-loads of official records every six months.
"For around 7000 move employees-including secretariat employees, police, judiciary and corporations-the TA alone runs to the tune of Rs 3.5 crore. Around 3000-3500 employees also avail facility of government accommodation," sources claimed.
Meanwhile official sources said that Divisional administration and police has made arrangements on the eve of the Durbar Move. Top brass of police and civil administration had conducted meetings to finalize the arrangements.
  Share This News with Your Friends on Social Network  
  Comment on this Story  
 
 
 
Early Times Android App
STOCK UPDATE
  
BSE Sensex
NSE Nifty
 
CRICKET UPDATE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
Home About Us Top Stories Local News National News Sports News Opinion Editorial ET Cetra Advertise with Us ET E-paper
 
 
J&K RELATED WEBSITES
J&K Govt. Official website
Jammu Kashmir Tourism
JKTDC
Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board
Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board
Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board
UTILITY
Train Enquiry
IRCTC
Matavaishnodevi
BSNL
Jammu Kashmir Bank
State Bank of India
PUBLIC INTEREST
Passport Department
Income Tax Department
JK CAMPA
JK GAD
IT Education
Web Site Design Services
EDUCATION
Jammu University
Jammu University Results
JKBOSE
Kashmir University
IGNOU Jammu Center
SMVDU