Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said the state government is contemplating
setting up Kandi Development Authority to ensure comprehensive
and integrated development of the Kandi belt - the mountainous
and semi-mountainous area - in the state.
Holistic development of Kandi areas for water
conservation, raising of orchards, feasible agricultural
activities and watershed development require focussed
attention, Omar said while interacting with public delegations
during his weekly `Awami Mulaqat` (meet the people).
"In order to realise these goals, my government is working
on a proposal of handing over this task to an authority or
organisation for concentrated attention," he said.
Talking to a deputation from South Kashmir, Omar said
extension of drinking water facilities in water scare areas
and augmentation of its supply in other areas has been given
appropriate attention by the government.
The Chief Minister said that the government has targeted
to provide better drinking water facilities to a population of
over 10.62 lakh during the current fiscal.
"Focus is on to ensure drinking water security both in
terms of adequacy and quality on a sustainable basis," he
Omar said Rs 382.72 crore have been incurred for
improvement, upgradation and extension of drinking water
facilities in the state during 2009-10, while last year the
expenditure on this count was Rs 506.52 crore.