Srinagar, July 09: Taking a step forward in making UT cities more sustainable, structured for optimal use of resources and responsive and supportive to marginalized sections of society, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday launched the City Livelihood Center ( CLC), Jammu and laid e -foundation of an integrated solid waste management facility valued at Rs 80 Crore in Kot-Bhalwal, Jammu.
The official spokesperson said that on this occasion, the Lieutenant Governor noted that there is a deep link between economic development and urbanization. The growth and expansion of cities not only contributes more to GDP, but is also the engine of our progress. Consequently, the urban population is increasing; further steps will have to be taken to provide them with facilities.
The strength of any city is measured by its economic prosperity and the power behind it comes from connectivity, environment, group of workers, waste management, culture, etc. We must make all the major cities of Jammu and Kashmir competitive, while managing them effectively, in addition to ensuring the livelihood of the people. The two new projects are important steps in that direction, the lieutenant governor said.
“I believe that we need to explore several factors to effectively manage our cities in the times to come so that we can make progress towards the development of quality cities, popular cities and place Jammu and Srinagar in the top 30 non-metropolitan cities in the country. “, added the lieutenant governor.
Highlighting the main features of the recently inaugurated City Livelihood Center, the Lieutenant Governor observed that the new intervention aims to strengthen the results of the National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM) by unleashing the capacities of marginalized sections of society living in urban areas. to generate meaningful results and sustainable livelihoods.
“Cities must be structured and developed in such a way as to provide an ecosystem for the marginalized to channel their skills, support their livelihoods and enable them to lead a life of dignity in society,” said the lieutenant governor.
The creation and operation of the CLC, a specialized skills center, is an extension of the government’s efforts to reach people in need by providing them with a sustainable source of income through vocational training and business development under one roof. , added the lieutenant governor.
Highlighting a host of features of the City Livelihood Center and how it will extend ownership to targeted beneficiaries, the Lieutenant Governor said the new center will help find a viable market for goods produced by members of self-help groups; provide business information and support services to the poor as needed, in addition to creating market understanding by studying the market demand and supply chain needs.
It will also serve as a clearinghouse for information regarding vocational training, bank credit, social security benefits, in addition to providing space and other necessary facilities for institutions providing vocational training by designing vocational training programs. / by organizing seminars / by organizing meetings with training providers and training seekers, he added.
The President was informed that the CLC will be established as a permanent service delivery center providing a range of services to all residents of the region by engaging the local urban poor to generate sustainable livelihoods.
The Center, initiated by the Jammu Urban Development and Housing Agency (JUDA) of the Urban Development Department (H & UDD) will also extend the assistance needed to access bank loans; preparation of project proposals, registration of business units and legal assistance, etc. ; providing market-related information to potential and existing microenterprises; assistance to new micro-enterprises in obtaining a license and registration; Supply of skilled labor to city dwellers according to their demand.
Meanwhile, the Lieutenant Governor also laid the electronic foundation for an integrated solid waste management facility worth Rs 80 crore in Kot-Bhalwal, in collaboration with NAFED.
The project will be of great benefit to the city of Jammu and will contribute significantly to the achievement of the objectives of UT’s Swachh Bharat mission, the lieutenant governor said.
The waste management plan is a key element for the development of sustainable cities. There is a need to implement a waste management plan, sewage treatment and biodigester as a mandatory rule in all future settlements. The expansion of cities while taking care of the ecology must be an integral part of our development process, said the lieutenant governor.
The lieutenant governor asked officials to explore all possibilities to establish a similar integrated solid waste management facility in Srinagar as well.
He also called on JMC officials to run a 15-day “Plastic-Free Jammu; Say no to plastic ‘to curb the use of single-use plastics.
The Lieutenant Governor also instructed MD NAFED, SK Chadha and officials to ensure 100% recycling of inert waste, in addition to ensuring that all the objectives of the projects that were planned are implemented on the pitch for visible impact.
The next integrated solid waste management project will have a capacity of 350 TPD, including the main components, viz. Segregation of mixed waste which will be done by scientific machine in dry and wet flow; Separation of dry waste at the material recovery facility to recover any useful material; a Bio-CNG plant that will produce Bio CNG gas through the wet waste, in addition to a landfill, where the final discharges, including sanitation waste, will be scientifically dumped.
Rajeev RaiBhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Dheeraj Gupta, Principal Secretary, H & UDD; Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor; DeepikaRana, CEO of JUDA; Senior executives from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (H & UDD) were occasionally present at the Civil Secretariat.
Chander Mohan Gupta, Mayor of Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) and AvnyLavasa, JMC Commissioner attended the launch ceremony in virtual mode.