Ensure strict adherence to project deadlines: CEO ERA to PIUs

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SRINAGAR: Chief Executive Officer, Jammu and Kashmir Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA), Dr. Syed Sehrish Asgar, today instructed the Project Implementation Units (PIUs), executing various components of the World Bank funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project, to strictly adhere to the project timelines for completion of the remaining sub projects.

Dr. Syed Sehrish issued these directions while chairing a meeting held to review progress on various components of World Bank funded JTFRP being executed by the Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Public Works Department, Industries and Commerce Department,  Jammu and Kashmir Medical supplies corporation limited and J&KERA as PIUs at Civil Secretariat, Srinagar, 

Superintending Engineer, SMC City Drainage, while giving details of the progress on upgradation work of 47 dewatering stations being executed by the Corporation as project implementation unit, informed that till date work on 40 dewatering stations has been completed and have been made fully functional while work on remaining stations is underway. He further informed that work on two stations at Peerbagh and  zero bridge has been impacted due to the litigations which are being proactively  followed up by the SMC.

CEO, ERA asked the Director, Technical, JTFRP to conduct the joint site inspection of the said sites along with the officers of  Srinagar Municipal Corporation  immediately after the meeting and submit a report regarding the matter. She further instructed the representatives of SMC to submit the operation and maintenance plan for all the stations upgraded under the project by the end of this month and ensure completion of sub-project by end of June,2024.

Representatives of R&B (PWD) informed that all the sub-projects which were previously being executed by JKPCC have been taken over by R&B (PWD) and further estimates and BOQs for balance work of four bridges at Waza Mohalla, Shrakawara, Wahdina and Wagila have been completed and works will be tendered out as soon as technical sanction is given by the competent authority in R&B (PWD)

CEO ERA directed the R&B (PWD) to submit O&M plan for bridges, cleanup restoration of all bridges and buildings constructed by it under the project besides ensuring site clearance and site safety measures at all sites and strict adherence to safety and environmental measures as stipulated under World Bank norms. She also directed that all the social and safeguard issues related to various sub-projects be expeditiously taken up with the concerned revenue authorities in R&B for their earliest resolution.

Managing Director, Jammu and Kashmir Industries, which is implementing the component of strengthening of livelihoods under JTFRP, informed that sustainability for the 4 artisan clusters including  Zadibal papier machie, Noorbagh Chainstitch, Bandipora Pashmina and Ganderbal Willow clusters is under preparation and will be further modified by the consultant and submitted to JKERA by end of this month.

Representative of JKMSCL informed that most of the procurements made by JKMSCL have been updated on the STEP. JKMSCL was asked to update all the activities by today itself.

Among others the meeting was attended by Dr. Sajad Wani, Chief Accounts Officer, J&KERA/JTFRP, Mehjabeen, Additional Secretary, Legal, JKERA, Ashok Khokar, Project Manager, Transport, J&KERA, Jammu, Pooja Wazir, Deputy Project Manager, Transport, Jammu, Sushil Kumar, Project Manager, Transport, JKERA, Kashmir and senior officers of Srinagar Municipal Corporation, PWD (R&B), JKMSCL, Jammu and Kashmir Industries limited besides J&KERA and JTFRP.