6.5 kms Chhatergalla tunnel to reduce 20 km distance

JAMMU: After a long wait of nearly 30 years, the people from Doda and Kathua districts will have an all weather double lane road as Border Roads Organisation (GREF) has given the completion target of 2017 of this prestigious Rs 600 crore Bhaderwah-Bani-Basohli road project. With a 6.5 km long tunnel at Chhatergalla through Seoj Dhar, on the eastern side of Kailash Kund pilgrimage in Bhaderwah sub division, the road once made through, would likely to open flood-gates for the tourists from Punjab, Himachal, Delhi, Haryana and other States. Even the tourists visiting to Chamba- Dalhousie and other parts of Himachal, would be attracted towards picturesque valley of Bhaderwah, known as mini-Kashmir via this link.

SRINAGAR: Rs 880 crore gas pipeline project from Gujarat to Jammu and Kashmir will be completed within 36 months.

This was revealed by the officials of Gujarat State Petronet Ltd (GSPL) during the power point presentation made in a high-level meeting chaired by Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla here today. Minister of State for Revenue, Nasir Aslam Wani was also present in the meeting. The GSPL officials highlighted importance of laying Rs 880 crore Gas Pipeline project from Gujrat to Jammu and Kashmir and its benefits to the people of the state. They said that project has to be completed in 36 months while the survey of the said project has already been completed.

At least 22 people were trapped in flash floods in Jammu, prompting the authorities to sound an alert in the region. “A flash flood alert has been sounded in Jammu.

Several houses, acres of agricultural land inundated

Twenty-four persons trapped in flash floods were rescued on Sunday by the police, the Army and the locals in Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts, where dozens of houses and several acres of agricultural land are still inundated. “Twenty-four people and cattle were rescued from Ujhm Basantar and Tawi rivers in Samba, Jammu and Kathua,” officials said.

Rs 540-cr project to irrigate 1.05 lakh acres; likely to turn Jammu into foodgrain surplus region

JAMMU: Keeping in pace with the technology and modern scientific wildlife management tools, the department of Wildlife Protection has introduced latest cameras to be installed in different wildlife sanctuaries in Jammu in order to conserve and protect the wild animals in a scientific method.

The Department has recently procured IR as well as flash Camera Traps for studying animal presence, conducting research in different wildlife sanctuaries and conserve the reserves including Nandini, Ramnagar, Sudhmahadev, etc.

BILLAWAR: Despite blanket ban by the Supreme Court of India on green felling, nearly 200 green Deodar trees have been felled in Machhedi area of Billawar Forest Division.

Sources said this felling in a particular Compartment of Billawar Range at Kun Nallah on Billawar-Machhedi road, has been done in last 4-5 days. The village Panchayat members, taking serious note of the illegal felling brought the matter to the notice of concerned Block Forest Officer, Bhupinder Singh and Range Officer, Billawar Mohinder Raina.

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday said the state would get its share of water from Punjab following a three decade-long dispute over it.

"For the first time in 30 years, the state would be getting its share of water from Punjab's Ranjit Sagar Dam," Minister for Public Health Engineering (PHE), Irrigation and Flood Control, Taj Moh-ud-Din, said while addressing a public rally in Doda district.

Jammu: Nearly 17,000 households have been covered under Remote Electrification Programme (RVE) against the target of 25000 households so far in the State, revealed Minister for Science and Informat

Realising that illegal mining from the Ravi in Kathua district is posing a threat to the road and rail bridges on the Jammu-Pathankot road, the Kathua Deputy Commissioner has imposed Section 144 of