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Use state-of-the-art technology for solid waste mgt: CM to ERA


Mufti Mohammad Sayeed

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today directed the Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) to use state-of-the art technologies for effective solid waste management to help the state in improving its ranking on indices of cleanliness. “There is a need for scientific disposal of waste in the two capital cities, Jammu and Srinagar, and tourist destinations in an environment-friendly manner. State-of-the-art technologies should be used in the ongoing solid waste management projects,” said Sayeed while chairing a meeting here.

The meeting was convened to review ERA Projects under Multi-Sector Project for Infrastructure Rehabilitation (MSPIR) and Urban Sector Development Investment Programme (USDIP). The Chief Minister, who is also the Chairman of ERA, also called upon the agency to prepare plan for futuristic projects which can be taken up under Tranche III of Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded loans.

Asking ERA to accelerate the pace of work on ongoing flyover projects in the two capital cities, the Chief Minister stressed upon the need to complete the construction within the stipulated timeline.

The meeting was informed that Rs 385 crore have been sanctioned for construction of Jahangir Chowk-Rambagh and Bikram Chowk-Presentation Convent School Flyovers in Srinagar and Jammu cities respectively.

“The work is in progress and will be completed within the stipulated timeframe,” an official spokesman said.