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Execution of works of ULBs through PW(R&B) Department to fast pace development
1/29/2020 11:12:44 PM
Early Times Report

JAMMU, Jan 29: In a significant decision which will have a tangible impact on the urban development scenario across J&K, the Administrative Council which met under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, G C Murmu accorded sanction for abolition of engineering wings of Directorate of Urban Local Bodies, Jammu & Directorate of Urban Local Bodies, Kashmir and their transfer to the Jammu Municipal Corporation and Srinagar Municipal Corporation respectively.
The Administrative Council approved execution of civil works of Urban Local Bodies through respective divisions/ sub-divisions of the Public Works (R&B) Department. Public Works (R&B) Department will monitor the execution of the works of such ULBs through its field staff. The decision will facilitate speedy execution of works in Urban Local Bodies, besides ensuring timely utilisation of additional grants released to the Municipal Bodies under the 14th Finance Commission following ULB elections and early completion of 42 languishing projects approved and funded by the Jammu & Kashmir Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (JKIDFC). The transfer of the engineering component of the ULBs to the Municipal Corporations Srinagar and Jammu will also ensure speedy execution of works in the two Municipal Corporations, besides bringing in efficiency, transparency and discernible improvement in the functioning of these bodies.
The funds for the schemes/projects will be released to the Urban Local Bodies through the two Directorates of Urban Local Bodies for further release to the concerned PW(R&B) Division/Sub-Division after assessment of the stage wise progress of work(s).
The Administrative Council also approved prioritization/identification of works to be done by the concerned ULB in accordance with the guidelines/ norms of the respective schemes and as per the prescribed ceiling.
However, the Directorates of Urban Local Bodies shall continue to perform other assigned functions viz, release of funds to ULBs, accord sanction and administrative approval to the works etc.
The decision will go a long way in streamlining the functioning of the Municipal Corporations, Municipal Committees and Urban Local Bodies across J&K.
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