_Instructs for ensuring to complete Kargil House building within stipulated time, Girls Hostel Nowshera to be converted into Patient Sarai as planned originally._
*Srinagar, May 16, 2022:* Hon’ble Chairman/CEC LAHDC Kargil Feroz Ahmed Khan , who is on a tour of Srinagar for inspecting various assets of LAHDC Kargil in the city, visited the Girls Hostel Nowshera, Boys Hostel Bemina and Kargil House Bemina. The CEC was accompanied by the Deputy Commissioner/CEO LAHDC Kargil, Superintending Engineer PWD, Executive Engineer (R&B 2nd), Assistant Executive Engineer (Procurement) and Accounts Officer to DC Kargil during his visit.
During his visit to the Girls Hostel at Nowshehra, the CEC was informed that the Girls Hostel had a roll of just 36 students. The place was found to be unsuitable for students as there is no scope for further expansion of the building furthermore the building was originally designed as a patient sarai. The CEC said that there has been a growing demand of serious nature pertaining to accommodation of the Kargili patients who come to the SKIMS Saura for treatment purpose in large numbers. Taking an on-spot decision, the CEC advised the DC/CEO and the SE PWD to formulate plans for re-instating the original purpose of the building i.e. to convert the building as a patient sarai. He also advised the DC to cease further admission for students in the hostel and to help the incumbent inmates to find accommodations in their respective college hostels. The CEC further stated that if there is demand LAHDC Kargil will request the Ladakh UT Administration to approach the J&K UT for allotment of land for construction of Kargil Girls Hostel in Srinagar.
The CEC later visited the Kargil Boys Hostel Bemina where forty-five students are housed. On enquiring about the need to construct an additional floor for accommodating more students, the CEC was informed that owing to the bifurcation of the erstwhile state of J&K and due to application of domicile laws for admission in colleges of Kashmir valley, the hostel is receiving lesser number of queries for admission. Meanwhile, the students requested the CEC for a library, water purifier and minor repairs. Assuring the students that their demands would be met within the shortest possible time, the CEC passed on-spot directions to the SE PWD to do the needful at an earliest.
The CEC was also informed that an amount of Rs 250 was charged per student in addition to the mess fees which is used for maintenance & minor repairments of the hostel. The CEC passed directions to utilize the funds collected from the students on providing them with magazines, journals, newspapers and wifi for the students in the hostel while the maintenance and minor repairments would be taken care of by the PWD Kargil.
Afterwards, the CEC visited the under construction building block of Kargil House at Bemina and inspected the ongoing work. The CEC was informed on the site that the building will be complete in all respect within a period of two months. Once the new block is completed, the old block would be dismantled and converted into a green space. The new building block of Kargil House is being built at a cost of Rs Rs 7.89 Crores out of which Rs 5.50 crores stands allocated under the Special Development Package. The CEC instructed the concerned officers to ensure that the work is completed within the stipulated period of time.