Leh, Apr 17: To assess developmental works and review public grievances at their doorsteps, the Chairman/CEC, LAHDC Leh, Adv. Tashi Gyalson visited all the villages of the Khaltse/Saspol Sub-Division during an extensive 5-day tour to the Sham area.
The villages include Kanji, Foto-Lalok, Lamayuru, Takmachik, Kurambik, Dhomkhar (Dho, Barma & Gongma) and Urbis in the Lamayuru constituency; Lehdo, Biama, Dha, Hanu (Gongma, Yokma & Thang), Achinathang and Skurbuchan villages in the Skurbuchan constituency; Tia, Tingmosgang and Ang in the Tingmosgang constituency; Skindiyang, Khaltse, Hepti, Ulley-Tokpo, Gaira, Mangyu, Lhardo and Alchi villages in Khaltse constituency.
CEC Gyalson was accompanied by Councillor Khaltse, Lobzang Sherab; Councillor Lamayuru, Dr Morup Dorjey; Councillor Skurbuchan, Lundup Dorjai; Councillor Saspol, Smanla Dorjey Nurboo; BDC Chairperson Khaltse, Stanzin Chuskit; BDC Chairperson Skurbuchan, Tashi Yangskit; BDC Chairperson Saspol; Tsering Punchok; District HoDs and sub-divisional officers led by SDM Khaltse, Suhail Ahmed.
CEC Gyalson evaluated all the issues and developmental works with an on-ground visit to the villages and sites. All the villagers accorded a warm welcome to HCEC since it was his first official tour to the area after assuming the charge of the Chairman of the 6th LAHDC Leh. It may be recalled that a Councillor from the Sham area has been elected as the Chairman/CEC of the Hill Council, Leh, for the first time.
The major issues highlighted by the villagers included the completion of road connectivity with blacktopping, telecommunication connectivity with high-speed internet, redressal of drinking water issues, land allotment issues, the upgradation of the existing govt schools and health centers with adequate staff, construction/restoration of irrigation canals, renovations as well as the completion of community halls, the developmental renovation required at monasteries, strengthening of village-level self-help and women alliance groups, flood control protection bunds for streams (Nullah), delimitation of panchayat halqas, and the preservation of rock-art heritage sites.
CEC Gyalson directed the concerned departmental officers and Executive Engineers to timely execute all the planned developmental works and address the grievances raised during his visit to different constituencies of the Sham area. He assured all the villagers to complete all the developmental work affected in the past due to certain circumstances.
CEC Gyalson assured to provide reliable tele-connectivity network in the remote areas on a priority basis. CEC and the concerned area Councillors also apprised the people of the Sham area of the new initiatives from the Hill Council and requested them to avail maximum benefit from the schemes.
Reacting to drinking water issues, CEC and the concerned Councillors informed the villagers that every household would get a water connection under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM). He assured the villagers to complete the ongoing work within the specified timeline. He also took stock of the current status of works under JJM in all the villages and directed concerned Executive Engineers to expedite all the pending work under the scheme.
CEC Gyalson also inaugurated a 40-meter span motorable bridge in Kanji village during his tour. He also laid foundation stones for the construction of the new building at Govt. Higher Secondary School in Biama and the construction of a multipurpose hall at Govt. Higher Secondary School in Tingmosgang. CEC Gyalson also inaugurated a 250 LPM Oxygen Plant at CHC Khaltse supported by NHPC Alchi Power Station under their CSR initiative. A borewell has been installed at Khaltse Market and an ambulance has been provided by NHPC under the same initiative which was inaugurated by CEC Tashi Gyalson.
At a symbolic ceremony, the Chairman/CEC, LAHDC Leh, Adv. Tashi Gyalson inaugurated the opening session of the academic year 2022-23 at the current establishment of Govt. Degree College, Khaltse, in the presence of Councillor Khaltse and Principal GDC Khaltse. He spoke at the length of the initiatives taken by Hill Council Leh regarding infrastructural development for the said college and also assured to address the grievances of the staff/students. He also gifted a smart TV to the students of GDC Khaltse for their hostel as a token of love.
CEC Gyalson, accompanied by MP Ladakh, area Councillors, BDC Chairpersons and District Officers, attended the 2nd Apricot Blossom Festival organised by the Department of Tourism, LAHDC Leh at the villages of Dhomkhar-Dho and Achinathang. Enthralling cultural performances with an array of traditional food and varieties of local product displays were the major attraction for the visitors, especially tourists.
CEC Gyalson also visited the monasteries at Lamayuru, Skurbuchan, Tserkarmo, Khatsa, Manjushri (Jamyang) statue site at Tia, Rizong, and Nunnery at Rizong to review developmental requirements. He appreciated the commendable effort of the United Welfare Ex-Servicemen Jamyang Society, Tia in constructing the 92-meter statue of Manjushri Buddha at Tia Charchar village to spread the message of peace and also promote tourism in the village. He further assured all possible assistance from his office towards the project.
During his last day of the tour to the Sham area, CEC Gyalson paid a visit to Alchi-thang where Councillor Khaltse Lobzang Sherab apprised HCEC of the successful Drip and Sprinkler Irrigation project at the site. He further extended his gratitude to Hill Council Leh, the Department of Agriculture at sub-division Khaltse and the villagers for their assistance in making the project successful. Appreciating the exemplary effort of Councillor Khaltse, CEC Gyalson stated that such initiatives would be economical in view of making Ladakh self-sustainable and organic in the coming days.
Concluding the tour, CEC Tashi Gyalson and concerned area Councillors, BDC Chairpersons, and village representatives extended gratitude to the departmental officers and officials (especially to the Muslim officers amid fasting during the month of Ramazan) for accompanying them during the entire tour and assessing public grievances.