LG inaugurates nine World Bank funded projects in J-K

Srinagar, Jun 7 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday inaugurated nine projects of the Jhelum and Tawi Flood Recovery Project (JTFRP) funded by the World Bank.

The Lt Governor also unveiled the Upgraded Building Codes for J-K on the occasion, an official spokesman said here.

The projects were executed by J and K Economic Reconstruction Agency (J-K ERA).

While dedicating new projects to the people, Sinha said, It is our commitment to rapidly modernize infrastructure and ensure ease of living for the people.

Many infrastructure projects of JTFRP, which were stalled for years, have been completed. It will pave the way for rapid expansion and modernisation of far-flung areas, strengthening of rural healthcare and enabling emergency service department for effective response, he said.

“Depriving common people from the benefits of public projects is a crime. The benefits of the development works must percolate to every citizen. Available resources and funds must be utilised to meet people’s aspirations,” Sinha said.

The Lt Governor said the new projects will have a positive impact on the lives of people, while strengthening disaster management system in J-K.

The vital road projects will strengthen road connectivity to flood-prone areas and provide the people living there with faster and improved access to markets, health and educational facilities. Besides, Decision Support System, Multi Hazard Risk Assessment Report and Disaster Risk Database, and Upgraded Building Codes for J-K will improve the disaster management response in the UT, he added.

Sinha directed J-K ERA and JTFRP to identify left out bridges and roads damaged during 2014 floods and take up their upgradation and construction on priority.

Experts must be deputed to conduct a detailed study, make necessary interventions and find solutions to develop a strong Disaster Risk Mitigation mechanism for Jhelum and Tawi rivers, he said.

Taking an overview of the functioning of JTFRP, the Lt Governor was informed that during the last two years, 132 sub-projects under World Bank funded JTFRP out of the total of 213 sub-projects costing Rs 428.79 crore have been completed, while work on remaining 81 sub-projects is in advanced stage of execution, the spokesman said.

Implementation of JTFRP has witnessed a dramatic turnaround with 90 per cent of procurement and 80 per cent of disbursements under the project having been undertaken during the year 2020-21 as against 10 per cent of procurement and 20 per cent disbursements achieved during the initial four years of the project, he said.