Minister for Public Works, Floriculture and Gardens & Parks, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari Wednesday chaired a review meeting of the District Development Board Poonch here.
Legislators, Javed Ahmed Rana, Shah Mohammad Tantray, Ch. Mohammad Akram, Dr. Shehnaz Ganai and Yashpal Sharma, Commissioner Secretary R&B, Rohit Kansal, District Development Commissioner, Mohammad Harun Malik, Senior Superintendent of Police, J S Johar, Chief Engineers of PDD, PMGSY, R&B besides HoDs and district officers of different departments attended the meeting.
The Minister took a thorough review of the decisions taken in the previous DDB meeting held this year. While emphasizing on utilization of 100 per cent funds provided under the district plan, state plan and other centrally sponsored schemes, the Minister impressed upon all the heads of the departments and sectoral officers present in the meeting to ensure implementation of all the board decisions. He said Government will attend to all the developmental needs of district Poonch and focus shall remain on Health, education, PHE, R&B and RDD besides other departments.
Out of an approved outlay of Rs. 17328.2 lakh, an amount of Rs. 5643.74 lakh was made available to different departments against which an expenditure of Rs. 4014.63 lakh has been made.
Meanwhile, DDC Poonch presented a detailed report on the progress achieved with respect to the implementation of DDB decisions in the District.
Earlier in the day, the Minister visited the Shrine of Hazrat Sain Miran Baksh Sahab at Guntrian and paid obeisance there. He directed the DDC and PWD authorities to furnish a project report for construction of stairs in the vicinity of the Shrine under pilgrimage tourism.
The Minister directed the PMGSY authorities to provide connectivity to Mandhar and Kirni villages located on the Line of Control. The 2 km road including a 50m bridge will be constructed as an extension of PMGSY road at village Qasba. The Minister also directed the Chief Engineer R&B to submit project report for Qasba to Upper Qasba and Qasba to Kirni roads as an extension of Noona Bandhi to India Gate road. Besides, the Minister also directed the PMGSY authorities for repair of Guntrian to Shahpur road which in a dilapidated condition.
Meanwhile, Mr. Bukhari also conducted an extensive tour of different wards of Poonch Municipality and later also directed Director Local Bodies for improving lanes, drains and the sanitation scenario in the town.
MLA Haveli, MLC Yashpal Sharma, Commissioner Secretary R&B, DDC, SSP, Chief Engineers of R&B and PMGSY also accompanied the Minister.