10JK01A.qxd 4/9/2013 10:12 PM Page 1 WHEN IN ROME… Jacqueline Fernandez's father turns a year older this month. So the gorgeous actress has decided to surprise him and take him on a holiday to Rome and Vatican City because that is his wish. wednesday | april 10 | 2013 | Jammu JAMMU TRIBUNE AGITATION: PHE WORKERS PROTEST IN JAMMU ÞPAGE 2 SPORTS: JU HISTORY DEPT SCRIPT WEATHER SUNNY WIN IN CRICKET TOURNEY Þ PAGE 2 33.7°C 20.2°C MAXIMUM Minister banks on melting glaciers to solve power crisis Jammu, April 9 Minister of State for Power (MoS), Vikar Rasool, today said the power crisis was likely to improve over the next few days as the temperature increase will feed rivers with fresh water from melting glaciers. He admitted that the government did not have money to buy electricity from the Northern Grid. Decreased power generation by the state's own hydropower projects because of low water level in rivers was responsible for the crisis, he said. Following a series of protests by people across the state due to erratic electricity supply, Rasool said the Power Development Department (PDD) had spent Rs 4,000 crore on power procurement during last fiscal, which had put a huge burden on state's resources. "During the previous week power supply has been affected in some areas due Workers strike work after safety officer’s death Our Correspondent money to buy electricity from ❝ The government does not havegeneration by the state’s own the Northern Grid. Decreased power Tribune News Service hydropower projects because of low water level in rivers is responsible for the crisis. The PDD spent ~4,000 crore on power procurement during last fiscal, which has put a huge burden on state’s resources. The average power shortage is 250 MW. Major power projects at Dulhasti, Salal, Baghilar, Naptha Jakhri, Khailgao and Dadri are generating less power because of lower discharge of water. the power crisis was likely to improve over the next few days as the temperature increase will feed rivers with fresh water from melting glaciers ❞ — VIKAR RASOOL, MINISTER OF STATE FOR POWER Minister of State for Power Vikar Rasool addresses mediapersons in Jammu on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: ANAND SHARMA to lower power availability from the generating units. The average power shortage is 250 MW. Major power projects at Dulhasti, Salal, Baghilar, Naptha Jakhri, Khailgao and Dadri are generating less power because of lower discharge of water," he said. He said, “The government has taken a note of the situation and has arranged power from short-term purchase through other means like Un-requisitioned Supply (URs). This is expected to mitigate the problems to great extent.” Maintaining that there was a huge demand for power, minister said during last four years there had been 33 per cent increase in power supply in terms of energy and more than 60 per cent increase in electricity purchase. “During last year the department added 1.25 lakh new consumers, similarly it has regularised nearly 500 MW load. Very high AT&C losses coupled with cheapest tariff among the state in the country, con- straints the ability of the department to buy more power to meet un- restricted demand of the people,” Power Minister said. He claimed that while the department was making all out efforts to improve the power supply in the state, power deficit in the state was in the order of 35 per cent both interim and energy and power. In recent weeks, protests have erupted in several areas of the state, especially in Kashmir Valley due to lack of power supply. 4 tourism projects sanctioned Tribune News Service Jammu, April 9 The Centre has sanctioned four more tourism infrastructure development projects worth Rs 16.42 crore for the state. The projects are in addition to 20 projects worth Rs 97.37 crore sanctioned in the last financial year. This was informed at a high level officers meeting of the Department of Tourism held under the chairmanship of Minister for Tourism, Ghulam Ahmad Mir, here today. The projects include creation of tourist facilities in and around Aharbal at a cost of Rs 4.68 crore, construction of tourist facilitation centre at Hundar Turtuk at a cost of Rs 4.06 crore, development of premises of Hazratbal Khiram Shrine at Bijbehara at a cost of Rs 3.8 crore and developing tourist infrastructure around Wullar Lake by developing a tourist resort at Ningli Wier Haigam and wayside amenities at Nandkhai Kashmir at a cost of Rs 3.88 crore. The Union Ministry of Tourism has also released Rs 39.79 crore for 35 ongoing tourism projects in the state as the second and third installment in March 2013. WATER LINK: A man crosses the Tawi river near Sher-e-Kashmir Bridge in Jammu on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: ANAND SHARMA Army trains youths in hospitality management Jammu, April 9 Displaced Kashmiri Pandits today said the community should boycott the National Conference (NC), Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) MLAs for sabotaging the Shrines and Religious Places (Management and Regulation) Bill, which was referred to Select Committee (SC) by the government after introducing it in the Legislative Assembly (LA) on April 5. At a joint press conference organised by more than a Devinder Thakur Katra, April 9 Youth from the area are learning to dish out delicacies courtesy the Rashtriya Rifles Battalion at Sarh, a remote village in Mahore. The battalion has launched a three-month course on hospitality management today. Inaugurating the course, Commander Mahore Garrsion said tourism will be a major industry in the ❝ Five youths have startedbatch training as part of the first today. The number of seats will be increased soon. The youths will be trained in cooking, steward skills, housekeeping and basic accountancy❞ — COMMANDING OFFICER, RASHTRIYA RIFLES, SARH region. A large number of hotels had come up at Katra and Shiv Khori which were looking to recruit youth from this region, he said. He A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH urged the youth to reap maximum benefit from this training to get placements in the hotel industry. Commanding Officer of the Rashtriya Rifles Battalion, Sarh, said five youths had started training as part of the first batch today. The number of seats would be increased, he said. The youths would be trained in cooking, steward skills, housekeeping and basic accountancy, he added. CHENANI-NASHRI PROJECT Batote, April 9 Following death of a safety officer Sanjiv Prasad, 28, a native of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, work on the 9km-Chenani-Nashri (C-N) road tunnel was stopped again at both the portalsNashri and Chenani Tunnel project today. Workers went on a lightening strike as soon as the news of Prasad’s death spread around noon. He was reportedly buried under the huge rock debris that fell on him while he was inside the tunnel. Gasping Prasad succumbed to his injuries soon after reaching the hospital. Following a violent clash between the two rival groups of the workers outside the casualty ward, the police were deployed in large number. His body was kept at the SKME hospital mortuary. Workers flayed the management of the construction company-Leighton Welspun Contractors Pvt Ltd- for poor safety measures. They alleged that it was a tragedy as Prasad had already reported about this impending danger to geologist Shiv Kumar, who too cautioned tunnel engineer Mohd Salim Wani. Reportedly, since the beginning of this project two workers have died in harness and more than 14 have been maimed due to injuries only at the Nashri end. A helper was electrocuted at Nashri on January 29 this year. The work on this project had remained suspended for a week from March 28 to April 4 due to strike of the workers. Farooq Abdullah releases book on revival of Silk Route Tribune News Service Jammu, April 9 The Union Minister for Renewable Energy and the National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah today released a book on ‘Revival of the Silk Route: Growing Role of India’. The book has been written by Dr Mohammad Monir Alam of the Department of Strategic and Regional Studies, University of Jammu. This book focuses upon the Silk Route that refers to a series of trans-continental trade routes crossed Eurasia from first millennium BC and linked the people and traditions of Asia with those of Europe. These historic routes served as a major conduit for the transport of knowledge, information as well as material goods between the East and the West and resulted in the first global exchange of scientific and cultural traditions. Dr Abdullah said when the Union Government had announced setting up of two universities in the state, everybody was worried about the fate of exist- Union Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah releases a book in Jammu on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: ANAND SHARMA ing two old universities. But still both Central Universities were unable to cater to the students. He said the growing positive tendencies and various efforts in the Eurasian region towards revival of the Silk Route had been strongly supported by India. After initiating steps to revive the ancient trade route, India was trying to follow the Silk Route as a metaphor of its economic and trade interests in Central Asia. India had already took part in various infrastructure development projects in Iran and Afghanistan to tap the economic potentials of the Eurasian states as well as enormous hydrocarbon resources of the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea region. MLA Dr Shaikh Mustafa Kamal; MLC Vijay Bakaya, HS Anand, Managing Director, Hotel Asia; president of the Forum, Jatinder Bakshi; and the Working resident JS Chouhan were present. Delay in passage of temples Bill: Kashmiri Pandits for boycott of Congress, NC, PDP Tribune News Service Youths undergo training in hospitality management at Sarh on Tuesday. MINIMUM ❝ Since the eruption of militancy, 80 per cent of temples, shrines and holy springs had been damaged or encroached in the Valley but the pressure of the land mafia has prevented the successive governments from tabling the Bill❞ — AGNISHEKHAR, MEMBER, PANUN KASHMIR dozen Pandit organisations alleged that political parties were not interested in protecting the heritage of the Kashmiri Hindus and had succumbed to the pressures of some elements allegedly legitimising encroachment of lands belonging to the Hindu shrines and temples. Representatives said despite assurances by MLAs cutting across party lines, most of them did not support the Bill. “Even Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather, who had introduced it as private member Bill as the leader of the Opposition in 2006, did not say anything in its support,” said Dr RL Bhat, senior member, Prem Nath Bhat Memorial Trust. Ashwani Chrungoo, who heads one of the factions of the Panun Kashmir alleged, “Our temples and shrines are being vandalised and glorious heritage of Kashmir is being destroyed systematically.” Taken up for consideration after four years, the Bill was referred to the Select Committee to clear “flaws and lacunae” in the legislation. Pandits allege that the Bill had been dumped deliberately. First, it was not taken up to be passed for four years then it was taken up on the last day of the budget session in the Assembly today and referred to the Select Committee. Members of the Prem Nath Bhat Memorial Trust (PNBM) have been pursuing the matter with the government and other institutions. “Since the eruption of militancy, 80 per cent of temples, shrines and holy springs had been damaged or encroached in the Valley, but the pressure of the land mafia has prevented the successive governments from tabling the Bill,” said Agnishekhar, head another faction of the Panun Kashmir (PK). Absence of road link to temple irks devotees Tribune News Service Jammu, April 9 Built by erstwhile ruler of state Maharaja Gulab Singh in the early 19th Century, devotees find it difficult to reach the historic Mohmaya temple for lack of transportation facility. The temple is situated on the outskirts of Jammu city. There are no signboards to help devotees locate the temple easily. Devotees allege negligence on part of the authorities towards the development of the temple. “It is imperative for the authorities to pay attention towards temples of historical importance. Special arrangements should be made for devotees throughout the year and especially during Navratras,” said Raman Sharma, a devotee. “The temple lacks even basic facilities like electricity fitting, adequate water supply etc because of lack of initiative on part of the authorities,” he added. Another devotee Suman said, “The administration should install lights on the road side to help devotees. Although the Mohmaya Temple Committee has made some efforts to develop the temple premises but without active support from the administration it is not possible to complete the project.” “Though a permit has been allotted to the mini-bus operators for the said route but they do not show any interest to ply their vehicles on this route. Being a historic temple, the government should pay attention towards the renovation and decoration of the temple as it is the pride of Jammu,” she said. “With no transport connectivity to this area, our business has been adversely affected. The administration should make all necessary arrangements for the devotees not only during Navratras but always,” Rattan Lal, a shopkeeper said. It is said Maharaja Gulab Singh constructed the temple when he dreamt of god asking him to build a temple on the hills of Mohmaya.
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