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Commissioner Secretary chairs meeting to assess progress on key tourism development Projects in Jammu & Kashmir

In a recent development, Yasha Mudgal, Commissioner Secretary of the Tourism Department in Jammu & Kashmir, led a meeting to scrutinise the advancement of crucial projects falling under the Swadesh Darshan 1.0, Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP), and Union Territory (UT) Capex Budget.

The meeting delved into various aspects, including the seamless transfer of records from the Tourism Department to designated executive engineers. Special attention was given to prioritising the completion of development initiatives initiated under the Swadesh Darshan scheme. The status of the Parmandal Utterbehni Detailed Project Report (DPR), sanctioned under the PARSAD scheme, was also a focal point of discussion.

Key issues addressed during the meeting encompassed the resolution of challenges related to funds disbursement, particularly for projects entrusted to JKPCC. Additionally, the opening and mapping of zero balance accounts by R&B divisions were highlighted among other important matters.

Mudgal directed concerned officers to assess the current pace of project execution and identify areas for improvement. A call was made to review the submission of the revised estimated UT Capex budget project. Mudgal emphasized the completion of all projects within stipulated timeframes and urged Heads of Departments (HoDs) and executive agencies to submit detailed status reports, covering both physical and financial achievements.

The meeting underscored the significance of diligently preparing Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) for UT CAPEX budget projects. The Commissioner Secretary stressed the importance of completing DPRs, obtaining necessary approvals, and initiating the tendering process before the working season.

Mudgal instructed officers to withdraw projects where work has not commenced and urged them to ensure the timely transfer of records by the end of the week. Chief Engineers of both divisions were directed to complete all formalities necessary for the seamless takeover of projects.

Key officials attending the meeting included Secretary PWD, Bhupinder Kumar, Directors of Tourism for Kashmir and Jammu, Managing Directors of J&K Development Corporation and Cable Corporation, Chief Engineers from various zones, and other relevant officers. Notably, officers based in Kashmir participated virtually to contribute to the comprehensive review of tourism-related initiatives.

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