World Bank team wraps up 5-day tour at J&K

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SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 01 (KNS): A senior World Bank team including Hemang Karelia, Team Leader, Deepak Singh, Principal Disaster Risk Management Specialist, Dr Chandershekhar, Consultant/Former Chief Architect, Ministry of Union Health, Supriti Dua, Financier Expert, Arghya Ghosh, Livelihoods Consultant, Peeyush Sekhsaria, Disaster Risk Management Specialist and Manzoor Khan, Operations Specialist, today concluded their 5 day tour to Jammu and Kashmir.

Over the last 5 days, the team had extensive discussions with the Project Management Unit of the Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project and various Project Implementation Units JKERA, PWD (R&B), I&CD , SMC, which are implementing various sub-projects under different components of the World Bank funded project. Jhelum Tawi flood recovery project.

Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Managing Director of J&KERA, during his meeting with the World Bank team, said that 143 sub-projects out of a total of 213 sub-projects have been completed under different components of the JTFR project. He added that an expenditure of Rs 1131.51 crore has been incurred on the project, so far.

Completed sub-projects included various vital roads and bridges sub-projects in Jammu and Kashmir divisions, construction of BaLA (Building as a Learning Aid) designed schools through J&K, installation of 30 factories collector-based oxygen generators in hospitals located in most remote areas. of UT, supply of critical care medical equipment to J&K district hospitals, construction of various stormwater drainage projects, development of DSS (Decision Support System), IOFS (Integrated Operational Forecasting System ), study on MHRA (Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment) for Building Disaster Management Capacity at J&K.

Dr. Syed Abid and the visiting World Bank team also visited an under construction 120 bed hospital at Bone & Joint Hospital which is being implemented under the JTFRP at an allocated cost of Rs 88.95 crore per NPCC (National Projects Construction Corporation). He was informed that about 48% progress has been made on the project, so far.

CEO ERA has instructed the executing agency NPCC to ensure that the highest building standards are maintained when carrying out the work.

Dr. Chandrashekhar, Consultant, World Bank, Former Chief Architect, Union Ministry of Health, requested the contractor to carry out the work on the sub-project in such a way that the installation of equipment medical and other high-tech equipment in the new building is synchronized and seamless.

The World Bank team also had a meeting with Saloni Rai, Director, Industries and Trade, Kashmir, during which the progress made under the restoration and livelihood enhancement component executed by I&CD was been discussed. He was informed that with the completion of the new composite silk market center at Rajbagh and the composite wool market center at Bemina, in addition to the installation of the latest spinning/weaving equipment under the JTFR project, the production capacity of these centers shows a gradual increase.

The team also had interaction with the members of artisans from (04) craft clusters including Papier machie, Zadibal, Crewel/Chain stitch, Noorbagh, Wool cluster, Bandipore and Willow Wicker, Ganderbal which were developed under the restoration and strengthening of the livelihoods component of the JTFRP financed by the World Bank.

Hemang Karelia expressed the hope that I&CD would develop business links with these artisan groups and also develop a strategy for the livelihood of these groups after the completion of the project.

The visiting team also had meetings with senior officers from JKERA, PMU, JTFRP PWD, R&B, Kashmir and SMC during which they were briefed on the progress made on the components of road and bridge construction, building essential infrastructure, building disaster management capacity. as the strengthening of urban flood management implemented by these agencies respectively.

The World Bank team also visited the construction project site of the Emergency Operations Center and SCADA Control Room at Ompura being constructed by J&KERA at an estimated cost of Rs 34.88 crore in as part of the World Bank-funded JTFRP to build disaster management capacity at J&K.

Earlier during their 2 days stay in Jammu, the World Bank team visited Sidhra-Suransar road, BaLA school buildings constructed at Puranapind RS Pura, Gujjar Basti, Karnailacheck in Jammu division.

The visiting World Bank had interactions with the school children and teachers of these newly built BaLa schools.

While visiting two 300 LPM oxygen generation plants built by J&KERA in Gaghwal and Hiranagar hospitals, the team interacted with medical professionals working in these hospitals.

The team also visited a motorized steel span bridge under construction (50m) from Katheel Ganjoo to Barsoa on Ghordi Nallah and a 50m span steel bridge from Barsoa to Patri on Barmeen Nallah in Udhampur district in progress construction by J&KERA at a cost of Rs 13.24 crore.

Meanwhile, a PowerPoint presentation was also made by the Technical Director of J&KERA giving details on the progress made in the implementation of the World Bank funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project in Jammu Division.

The Director, JKERA Jammu and other senior PWD (R&B) officers were also present on the occasion. (KNS)

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