Directs for creating adequate tourist facilities at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Shrine
REASI: Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer on Sunday conducted an extensive tour of district Reasi and took stock of tourist facilities at Baba Banda Singh Ji Bahadur Shrine and general development scenario in the district.
The Divisional Commissioner was accompanied by District Development Commissioner Reasi, Chandeep Singh and district officers of various departments.
During his visit, the Div Com inspected the Dera Bridge over Pai Nallah on Simbal Choa – Dera Baba road which was recently washed away due to heavy rainfall/flood. It is the only link connecting Dera Baba Banda Bahadur with Reasi.
The Div Com directed the concerned officers to immediately start its repair work and complete the same in stipulated time frame so that people do not face any inconvenience. It was informed that the administration has made temporary diversion of the bridge, while Tender has been floated for the renovation of the bridge.
The Divisional Commissioner also visited the site proposed for development of bathing Ghat on the banks of River Chenab near Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Shrine and reviewed the progress. It was informed that the Detailed Project Report has been prepared by the Tourism Department for the development of Bathing Ghat.
The Divisional Commissioner directed the tourism department to start the work on the bathing Ghat and also take up creation of more facilities to attract tourists to the Shrine that have great historic significance. He also directed them to develop a park over the vacant space available there. He also instructed for development of a museum in the shrine for highlighting the sacrifices made by Baba Banda Singh Ji Bahadur so that coming generations will know the history of the great warrior. He also asked the Tourism department to explore possibilities of developing other such facilities to increase tourist footfall in the shrine.
Meanwhile, An NGO namely Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Sikh Sampardhaye handed over 10 oxygen concentrators to the Divisional Commissioner for further use in the Covid Care Centres.
Later, the Div Com chaired a meeting of district officers, Executive Engineers of JPDCL, PWD, Jal Shakti and reviewed the progress on the upcoming development projects in the district.
The concerned Executive Engineers gave a brief account of the works being executed by their respective department in the district.
The Div Com directed the concerned departments to expedite the pace of work on all the ongoing projects/ works for their timely completion.
The Executive Engineer PWD was directed to expedite the existing road project on Simbol Choya to Dera Baba shrine and repairing of a bridge at village Babbar which was damaged due to heavy traffic.
Executive Engineer, JKPCC apprised the chair about the completion of various projects which includes kajli bridge, sports stadium at Reas while work on 500 seated auditorium in DC complex was in progress.
The Div Com directed the concerned officers of RDD to go for limited tendering so as to ensure ease of registration of contractors at panchayat level for expediting the works related to public welfare.
The Div Com also took stock of water and power supply position in the district.