Jammu (D)

  • Power crisis in Jammu

    To ensure judicious use, move beyond rhetoric

  • Project started in 1982 yet to be completed

    The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India in its latest report has detected a wasteful expenditure of worth Rs 16.86 crore by the Power Development Department (PDD) on construction of a transmission line from Jammu to Udhampur. Improper planning of the department concerned resulted in idle expenditure of such a whooping amount.

  • Acute power shortage: Govt to start gas turbine at Pampore

    Jammu: Facing an acute shortage of power, the state government has decided to start its gas turbine at Pampore in the Kashmir valley, which is used in an emergency. The Power Development Department (PDD) has written to the authorities concerned to keep the gas turbine in a state of preparedness.

  • Centre to set up 1,000 MW power station in Pathankot

    To cope with the power shortage in the state, the Centre has decided to set up a 1,000 MW power generation station in Pathankot in Punjab. Addressing a function organised by the Pradesh Congress Committee in connection with the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi here today, the Union Power Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, said either a gas or a thermal power project would be set up at Pathankot wi

  • Rs 331.70 cr to be generated from Dul Hasti, Baglihar projects: Taj

    Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Taj Mohi-ud-Din today said that two hydro-electro projects namely Dul Hasti and Baglihar under the implementation of Water Regulatory Authority Act will generate Rs. 331.70 crore. He was replying to the question by Khalid Najib Suharwardy in Legislative Council during Question Hour today. Mr Taj said bills for an amount of Rs.

  • J&K to conduct scientific census on hangul, black bear, leopard

    From pugmarks to high-tech equipment like satellite imagery and camera-traps. That's how census on wild animals in Jammu and Kashmir is graduating. Come March, and the state Government will undertake two scientific censuses on three wild animals: the highly-endangered hangul, also called the Kashmir stag, the common leopard and the Asiatic black bear, also known as Himalayan black bear. To be conducted in collaboration with the Central Government, the censuses will also get expert help from the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. J&K Chief Wildlife Warden A K Srivastava says, "While one census will be on the endangered hangul, found only in Kashmir, the other will focus on the common leopard and the Asiatic black bear.' The Kashmir stag census will be utilised to protect the endangered animal, and the other will be used to deal with the increasing incidents of the man-animal conflicts in the state. Srivastava says the earlier censuses conducted by the state Government were not accurate as these were carried out "on the basis of their pugmarks'. "But the new censuses will be carried out, using the most high-tech equipment like satellite imagery and camera-traps,' he adds. Cameras will be put on trees in the forest areas, which will trap the movement of wild animals, recording their actual number with the help of satellite imagery. The Centre has agreed in principle to fund the census projects. "In Jammu, experts from the Wildlife Institute of India will hold a three-day training workshop for divisional forest officers and range officers of the state forest and wildlife departments,' adds Srivastava. While the hangul is not harmful, the other two have caused man-animal conflicts in the state over the past two years, killing over three dozen and injuring more than 200 people. While the hangul census will mainly focus on the Kashmir valley, the other one will cover various areas

  • 4-day farmers awareness camp concludes

    To deal with water scarcity in Sai Khurd in Suchetgarh, the Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development Ch. Gharu Ram today laid foundation of a Bore Well at Sai Khurd to be completed at a cost of Rs. 80.41 lakh under Water Supply Scheme, the well will have capacity of drawing 20000 gallons of underground water per hour. Addressing a gathering on the occasion, the Minister said that on the commissioning the well, large population of Nikowal, Sai Khurd, Sardari Camp and Saisar would be benefited. He said that the government was fully aware with the problems of border belts and taking keen to provide basic amenities to people. For this purpose, the government has provided sufficient funds in every sector so that development schemes could be implement across the state. Later, the Minister attended concluding function of 4-day crop wheat awareness camp which was organised by Farmers Field School under Macro Management (CSS) at Sai Khurd.

  • Rs 2-cr aid for snow-hit areas

    In the wake of widespread damage due to the recent snowfall, the state government today released Rs 2 crore under the Natural Calamity Relief Fund (NCRF) scheme. Chief secretary B.R. Kundal after taking a comprehensive review of the damage caused to the property and infrastructure due to unprecedented snowfall in Jammu released the money. At least eight districts in Jammu region have been badly affected by the recent calamity. In Doda and Kishtwar, a couple of high transmission towers, too, had been damaged. Kundal released the money after taking into consideration reports furnished by different deputy commissioners. Out of this fund, Rs 1.50 crore will be placed at the disposal of the PDD for installing new electricity poles in far-flung areas of affected districts.

  • J&K denies mass deaths of Himalayan goats

    The Jammu and Kashmir government has denied reports that 600 rare Himalayan goats

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