Jammu District Tops in Recorded Accidents for 2023 in Jammu and Kashmir, Reports JK Traffic Department

Recorded Accidents for 2023 in Jammu and Kashmir

According to recent data released by the Jammu and Kashmir Traffic Department, Jammu District has emerged with the highest number of recorded accidents in 2023 within the region. The statistics reveal a concerning trend, with a total of 1179 accidents reported throughout the year.

Of these accidents, 150 were classified as fatal, while 1029 were deemed non-fatal, painting a grim picture of road safety within the district. The figures further detail the human toll, with 171 individuals losing their lives in these accidents, and 1405 sustaining injuries.

The data underscores the urgent need for enhanced safety measures and stricter enforcement of traffic regulations in Jammu District. Authorities are urged to prioritize initiatives aimed at reducing road accidents and ensuring the safety of commuters and pedestrians alike.

The alarming statistics serve as a stark reminder of the importance of promoting responsible driving practices and fostering a culture of road safety awareness within the community. Efforts to address the underlying causes of accidents, such as speeding, reckless driving, and inadequate infrastructure, are imperative to prevent further loss of lives on the roads of Jammu and Kashmir.

As stakeholders analyze the data to devise comprehensive strategies, it remains crucial for both authorities and residents to collaborate actively in fostering a safer environment for all road users in the region.

Government Orders Fact Finding Committee to Investigate Irregularities in Jail Fencing Project

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Jammu & Kashmir, January 17, 2024: In a significant move, the Government of Jammu & Kashmir has issued Government Order No.:185-JK(GAD) of 2024 on January 17, 2024, sanctioning the constitution of a Fact Finding Committee. The committee is tasked with investigating alleged irregularities during the execution of the project titled “Supply and Installation of Power Fencing System across 10 Jails of Union territory of Jammu & Kashmir.”

The committee comprises three key members, with the Commissioner/Secretary to the Government from the General Administration Department serving as the Convenor. The other members include the Director General of Prisons, J&K, and the FA/CAO from the Home Department.

The Terms of Reference for the committee are outlined as follows:

  1. The committee shall thoroughly examine all aspects of the case, including scrutinizing the actions taken by the officers/officials of the Prisons Department at the time of issuing the Supply Order.
  2. The investigation will also focus on the process followed during the allotment of the CMC/AMC Contract, with specific attention to whether the terms and conditions of the tender for the project were adhered to.

To ensure accountability, the committee has been mandated to fix responsibility for any acts of omission and commission on the part of the officers/officials of the Prisons Organization. The committee is expected to submit its comprehensive report to the Government along with recommendations within a stipulated period of 30 days.

The Government’s decision to launch this fact-finding committee underscores its commitment to transparency, accountability, and the fair execution of projects. This move aims to address any potential irregularities and ensure that such issues are promptly identified, investigated, and rectified.

This Government Order has been issued by the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, reflecting a proactive approach to maintaining integrity and efficiency in the administration. The public awaits the findings of the Fact Finding Committee and the subsequent actions that may be taken based on its recommendations.

05 Rusted Grenades Recovered in Akhnoor

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Srinagar : Security forces on Saturday recovered five rusted grenades in a village of Charangal Mathwar area of Akhnoor in Jammu district.

Official sources told that a team of Police recovered 5 rusted grenades in Charangal area today.

Soon police summoned Bomb Disposal Squad to the spot.

All five grenades were successfully defused by the BDS without causing any damage, they said.

Meanwhile SDPO Akhnoor Mohan Sharma also confirmed to about the recovery of rusted grenades

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Lt Governor conducts on-site inspection of key projects in Jammu


JAMMU: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today conducted on-site inspection of key projects in Jammu and reviewed ongoing construction work of Jambu Zoo, Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams and Tawi Riverfront Project.

The Lt Governor ascertained the progress of the work being carried out at all the three sites, and laid emphasis on timely completion of the projects.

Dheeraj Gupta, Principal Secretary to the Government Department of Forest, Ecology & Environment briefed the Lt Governor on the progress of Jambu Zoo. He informed that the high level team of Central Zoo Authority will be visiting for the final inspection this month and the entire process will be completed within the time frame.

During his visit at the construction site of Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, the Lt Governor interacted with the temple officials and asked them to start construction of a Gurukul and Health Centre simultaneously.

Later, the Lt Governor made an inspectional visit to Tawi Riverfront project site, which envisages to reduce erosion & flood and to provide socio-cultural amenities for sustainable development of the city.

The vibrant riverfront will ensure urban infrastructure sustainability. Once completed, the project will provide unique business opportunities and help in overall social upliftment. With social infrastructure and recreation facilities, Tawi Riverfront will enhance the quality of life of the citizens, said the Lt Governor.

Rahul Yadav, Commissioner JMC gave a detailed presentation on the ongoing works of the project.

Interacting with media persons, the Lt Governor said the progress on all the projects visited today is satisfactory.

The aspirations of the people of Jammu would be fulfilled soon. These projects will boost the Tourism in Jammu and the footfall of tourists from outside will increase the economic activities and income of the people, the Lt Governor said.

Speaking on property tax, the Lt Governor said, “People’s interest is our ‘top priority’. The doors of administration are open for dialogue”.

Shaleen Kabra, Principal Secretary to the Government, Jal Shakti Department; Dr. Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, Principal Secretary to the Lt Governor; Ramesh Kumar, Divisional Commissioner Jammu and other senior officials accompanied the Lt Governor during his visits.

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Congress, NC neglected Doda; now shedding crocodile tears: Dr Jitendra


DODA: Hitting out hard at Congress and National Conference parties, Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that Doda had been brazenly neglected for nearly seven decades when these parties were ruling both at Center as well as in the State and the irony is that now when the people have voted them out of power, they are shedding crocodile tears to bemoan the neglect of the Doda region for which they were themselves responsible.

Addressing a public rally here today, Dr Jitendra Singh recalled the sequence of events and said, ever since independence, there was not a single occasion when the MLAs or the MPs from this region did not find a strong position in the State Cabinet or the Union Cabinet, but the apathy by these elected representatives is evident from the fact that they did not even attend to the development of their own native places.

Citing example, he said, the first-ever Post Office and the first ever branch of Sate Bank of India was set up at Gandoh after 2014 and the first ever national project in Bhaderwah was set up by the Modi government in the form of National Institute of High Altitude Medicine.

Strongly rebutting those opposition leaders who say that all the development projects were initiated in this region before 2014, Dr Jitendra Singh said, we live in an evidence based era when even before a leader finishes completing his speech, the common man listening to him tends to check the facts and figures on the Internet. He claimed that only several new national level development projects were initiated after 2014 but many of such projects which had been stopped by the earlier governments during the tenure of earlier MPs and MLAs have been revived now.

Enumerating examples, Dr Jitendra Singh said the Government Medical College in Doda was set up during his Parliamentary term after 2014 and so also the Khilani Sudh Mahadev National Highway was started during his term. Not only this, he recalled that the Ganpat bridge which had been abandoned unfinished by the earlier government and earlier elected representatives, was also completed during this term.

In nearby Kishtwar, Dr Jitendra Singh said not only a series of power projects were started in the last eight years including the 1000 MW Pakal Dul Project, 624 MW Kiru Project, 520 Kwar Project, 930 MW Kirthai Project, but also the 850 MW Ratle Project which had been stalled before 2014 has also been revived, as a result of which Kisthwar is going to turn into the biggest power hub of North India.

While the Congress and National Conference followed a policy of discrimination based on vote bank, Dr Jitendra Singh said, after 2014, we have tried to fulfill the requirement of every region regardless of whether they voted for us or not in the last election.

Citing example he said, while a Degree College was started in Kastigarh, it was simultaneously sanctioned for Marmat from where the non-BJP parties received the maximum vote.

Dr Jitendra Singh announced that the construction of Chhatargala tunnel will be taken up under Bharatmala Mala scheme and will be part of the new National Highway from Lakhanpur through Bani-Basohli up to Doda, Bhaderwah. This will be a game changer, he said.

Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and as a member of his team, Dr Jitendra Singh said, we have tried to cultivate a new political culture based on objectivity and justice to all. For example, it is during this regime and his parliamentary term that a network of PMGSY roads and CRF roads funded by the Centre has been spread even to the native towns and villages of the Congress and National Conference leaders. Similarly, he said, the benefits of people centric schemes like distribution of gas cylinders through Ujjwala Yojana and construction of houses under PM Kisan Yojana has been done for anyone who was needy regardless of his caste, creed, religion or vote preference.

DDC Chairman Dhananter Singh, former Minister Shakti Raj Parihar, former MLA Dilip Singh among other also addressed the gathering. All of them hailed the fact that after 2014 under the Modi Government ever since Dr Jitendra Singh had been elected the MP the scale of development works was much more than the past 60 to 70 years.

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People’s interest ‘top priority’, doors open for dialogue: LG on property tax

Manoj Sinha BJP JK LG

Jammu : While reiterating stand on recently imposed property tax in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said “People’s interest is the top most priority of the government and has been duly taken care of”. He said the administration has issued a toll free number and people have been asked to put forth their suggestions if any as “doors are yet open for a dialogue”

Talking to media persons in Jammu, the Lieutenant Governor Sinha as per KNS said “I do not speak on political issues. I reiterate that people’s concern is the top most priority of present dispensation. Their concerns have been well taken care of. The rate of tax in J&K is less than Ambala, Dehradun and Shimla”.

“There are 1,01,000 commercial properties in J&K out of which less than 40,000 are those who have to pay 700 rupees annually as property tax. Further there are 36,000 properties who have to pay 2000 rupees annually, which however is much less than states like Ambala, Dehradun and Shimla,” Sinha said.

“People’s concern is our priority. We have issued a toll free number to get feedback and suggestions from people, if any. Doors are yet open for dialogue,” LG Sinha said.

About uproar on APTECH Ltd. the LG Sinha said court has intervened into the matter who gave a verdict on yesterday. (KNS)


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Mercury Rises Amid Forecast For Cloudy To Dry Weather In J&K

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Srinagar : Amid forecast for partly cloudy to mainly dry weather, the minimum temperature recorded a slight rise in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.

A meteorological department official here told that generally cloudy weather with light rain at isolated to scattered places was expected on March 13 and from 14th-17th, generally cloudy weather with dry weather was expected.
“Afternoon thunderstorms at isolated places can’t be ruled out,” the official said, adding, “generally cloudy with intermittent light rain with thunder at scattered places during March 18-21st.”

Regarding temperature, he said, Srinagar recorded a low of 3.4°C against 3.2°C on the previous night and it was 0.1°C above normal for the summer capital.

Qazigund, he said, recorded a low of 2.4°C against 2.0°C on the previous night and it was 0.2°C above normal for the gateway town of Kashmir.

Pahalgam, he said, recorded a low of minus 0.4°C against minus 1.2°C on the previous night and it was 1.0°C above normal for the famous tourist resort in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

Kokernag recorded a low of 5.3°C against 4.3°C on the previous night and it was 3.4°C above normal for the place, the officials said.

Gulmarg recorded a low of 2.0°C against 0.6°C on the previous night and it was 5.5°C above normal for the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, he said.

In Kupwara town, he said, the mercury settled at 1.2°C against 0.4°C on the previous night and it was 0.6°C below normal for the north Kashmir area.

Jammu recorded a low of 15.5°C against 14.6°C on the previous night. It was 1.4°C above normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said.

Banihal, he said, recorded a low of 4.3°C (above normal by 0.2°C), Batote 9.2°C (above normal by 3.3°C), Katra 13.7°C (2.2°C above normal) and Bhadarwah 6.6°C (3.5°C above normal).

Ladakh’s Leh and Kargil, he said, recorded a low of minus 4.8°C and minus 16.7°C respectively. (GNS)

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T5 tunnel to help travellers bypass most-vulnerable stretch on Jammu-Srinagar national highway, inauguration next week


RAMBAN: Known for its unpredictability due to the sudden shooting of stones from the hillock overlooking the strategic Jammu-Srinagar national highway, the most vulnerable stretch of Panthyal in Ramban district is set to get bypassed with the inauguration of the T5 tunnel next week.

The work on the twin-tube 880-metre tunnel, part of the highway realignment project, started in 2020 and is expected to be completed within the next five days. It will put an end to the threat of shooting stones which have consumed numerous human lives.

Over the past couple of years, a temporary iron and steel tunnel at the crucial stretch provided some relief to the people travelling on the highway. But the rolling stones continued to cause frequent disruptions in the smooth movement of traffic.

“Panthyal has remained a critical stretch for decades. This treacherous stretch will be bypassed with the inauguration of T5 tunnel, which is more or less in the completion stage,” Ramban Deputy Commissioner Mussarat Islam told PTI.

Islam, who is monitoring the project and regularly updates the progress on social media, said the opening of the T5 tunnel would end the fear of shooting stones forever along with frequent traffic jams on the stretch.

In a tweet recently, he said the opening of the T5 tunnel will lay the “ghost of Panthyal to rest, forever”. In another tweet, he shared the photographs of Pavement Quality Concrete (PQC) work for top-wearing layers being laid in T5.

The four-lane project of the 270-km highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country, started in 2011. The work, which included a number of small and major tunnels, bridges and flyovers is likely to be completed by next year after missing several deadlines over the past decade.

“We have the most critical stretch of 66 km passing through the district (Ramban) from Nashri tunnel to Banihal tunnel. The National Highway Authority of India is working on the project. We have got three tunnels in the past year and several other small tunnels and bridges are nearing completion which will bypass other critical spots on the road,” the deputy commissioner said.

He expressed hope that the travel through Ramban district will become very comfortable by July end.

“The Ramban flyover which will bypass Ramban market is expected to be thrown open by April 15, Jaishwal bridge near Karole by March 31 and 873-metre Kunfer tunnel between Peeda and Chanderkote next month as well,” he said.

The officer said the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, also known as NH44, is the only highway where a four-lane project is under progress without stopping vehicular movement.

“On an average, over 10,000 to 11,000 vehicles ply on the highway on a daily basis (between Srinagar and Jammu). It is a lifeline and the only all-weather road so the challenges being faced by the executing agencies are much more than anywhere else,” he said.

He said supplies to Kashmir, including perishable items, are carried via this road.

“The administration is giving full support to NHAI for the completion of the project in a time-bound manner and to ensure smooth flow of the traffic,” he said. Varinder Singh, an official working with CPPL construction company which is working on the T5 tunnel, said over 200 workers have been engaged to complete the tunnel on a fast-track basis.

“The engineers, supervisors and labourers are all working together in shifts round-the-clock to ensure the opening of the tunnel,” he said.

Social activist Iftiyaz Ahmad said the opening of the tunnel will be a major breakthrough as many lives have been lost due to the shooting of stones in Panthyal.

“We request the central government to sanction some more tunnels in the slide-prone areas to make the road safer,” he said.

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Darakhshan Andrabi takes part in events at Surankote

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Srinagar: Dr Darakhshan Andrabi held a long meeting with BJP leaders at Surankote to devise multi pronged strategy to expand party base in all areas.

Dr Andrabi addresses Ulema meet also later.

Jammu & Kashmir Waqf Board Chairperson, Dr. Syed Darakhshan Andrabi today held a long meeting with the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders at Surankote and reviewed party’s outreach programme. The delegation was led by BJP Vice President Poonch Azhar Manhas. Other party leaders who participated in the meeting included Mohammad Bashir, Mumtaz Bukhari, Mohammad Akram & Abdul Aziz. Dr Andrabi was briefed about the fresh membership initiative of the party in remote areas and joining of people from all sects, casts and classes of people with the party in endorsement of the welfare measures taken by Modi government as per the doctrine of ‘Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas & Sabka Prayas’. Speaking to the leaders, Dr Andrabi said that the Party’s multi pronged strategy to expand base for BJP needs to be implemented at the ground level effectively. She emphasized on the need to inform people about the flagship schemes and programmes of the Modi led government which has transformed lives of poor people of all sections of society. “BJP has won over the hearts and minds of people of J&K including Pirpanjal districts by the public friendly programmes and decisions. There is no scope of people falling pray to the baseless sentimental exploitation by the old rot of politicians and which is why people of J&K have decided to support and vote for BJP in the days to come”, said Dr Andrabi.
Later Waqf Board Chairperson chaired a meeting of prominent Ulema of Surankote in which she stressed on the need to inform people about the Waqf management and involving common masses in Waqf reforms so that we were able to recreate the Sufi ecosystem in whole of J&K which has been the essence of the culture of harmony and coexistence in this terrority of paradise in India.
Dr Darakhshan also met a few public delegations in the town.(KNS)

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Govt employee in Doda arrested for ‘hateful’ post on social media


DODA: Police have arrested a government employee for allegedly posting ‘hateful’ comments on social media in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district, a statement from the police said.

According to the police, the accused identified as Amrik Singh, a resident of Beoli Doda, who is posted as class- IV employee in the office of Chief education officer Doda was found to have uploaded hateful posts/comments on his Facebook account and consequence of which there was every apprehension of the eruption of law and order problem in the District, a statement said.

“Sensing the sensitivity of the matter and to prevent the situation from turning into a law and order problem, Doda Police swung into action and a Police Party of Police Station Doda led by Inspector Arun Parkash Sharma, SHO Police Station Doda arrested the said person and after preparing a detailed report produced him before Executive Magistrate Class 1st Doda wherefrom he was sent to District Jail Bhaderwah under preventive detention,” the statement informed.

Doda Police, the statement claimed, “has maintained close surveillance on the activities of troubleshooters, bad characters on social media and has warned that if any is noticed indulged in spreading hate to hurt the sentiments of any individual or community, stringent action shall be taken against such trouble creators”.

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