SOPORE, AUGUST 08: As part of public outreach programme initiated by the Jammu and Kashmir administration, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan, today visited Sopore and met various delegations and individuals who apprised him of their grievances and demands pertaining to development of their respective areas.

District Development Commissioner, Baramullah, Dr G N Itoo, Managing Director, KPDCL, Director RDD Kashmir, SSP, ADC, district officers among other concerned functionaries were present on the occasion.

A delegation of Sopore Fruit Growers Association demanded up gradation of basic infrastructure in fruit Mandi Sopore, expansion of fruit Mandi, and continuation of Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) besides waiving off of KCC loans in the wake of prevailing circumstances.

Another delegation of Traders/Transporters Association demanded special economic package for compensating the loss occurred due to lockdown, for which, the Advisor said that a special package shall soon be announced for the traders/transporters community.

Meanwhile, a delegation of civil society Sopore presented various demands regarding overall development of the town like shifting of general bus stand to model town Sopore, additional funds for construction of Mini Secretariat, expansion of municipal limits etc.

A delegation of Auqaf Committee Warpora Sopore demanded up gradation and macadamization of inner road links, up gradation of drinking water facility in the area.

Also, other delegations including Traders Federation Sopore, Coordination Committee Sopore, Delegation of Economic Alliance and delegations from Rohama, Zaingeer, Khoie, Dangiwacha and other adjoining areas raised their issues and concerns seeking an early redressal of the same.

Advisor said that the Government has initiated numerous reforms to cater to the developmental needs of the people with special focus on public participation in the developmental process. He said that timely disposal of public grievances has been the priority of present dispensation for which the administration has started this outreach programme.

Baseer Khan asked the locals to avail maximum benefit of various welfare schemes and sought their active participation in developmental programmes launched by the government.

He directed the concerned officers to set timelines for completion of incomplete and languishing projects besides prioritizing the local issues like macadamization of roads, augmentation of power infrastructure and provision of drinking water supply.

He also advised the people to take all necessary precautions with regard to containment of COVID-19 pandemic by following all SOPs issued by the government from time to time, besides using face masks and maintaining social distancing.