‘Complete LMD buildings, speed up infrastructure upgradation’


SRINAGAR: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) and Information Department Choudhary Zulfkar Ali called for early completion of various infrastructural works of Legal Metrology Department (LMD) in a meeting held here Monday.
According to an official press note issued here, the minister reviewed the ongoing work on various LMD structures including secondary laboratories, and research centres getting constructed across the state. The minister said that a department can work efficiently only when its staff is provided with good infrastructural facilities.
Highlighting the significance of LMD, the minister said LMD is an important part of FCS&CA as it helps the department in “serving its consumers in a better manner by putting up a strict check on hoarders, profiteers and black marketers”.
According to the note, officers of Jammu Kashmir Housing Board (JKHM) informed the minister about the progress of LMD structures. “LMD structures are near completion and will soon be handed over to the department,” it read.
Almost 40 per cent of work on Working Standard Laboratories at Akhnoor, Rajouri and Poonch has been completed and the rest would be completed soon.
“Initially there was a slight delay in the work due to technical glitches. However, after the issue was resolved the work is going on smoothly and will be completed within stipulated timeframe,” the minister, according to the press note, was informed through the progress report for the construction of Secondary Standard Laboratory and Research Centre getting constructed here at Bemina.
During the meeting, Choudhary Zulfkar Ali emphasized upon the concerned executing agency, JKHB, to complete the work of ground floor of FCS&CA Directorate of Jammu at an earliest.
“It is a prestigious project and so far the work done is quite commendable,” Zulfkar said while appreciating the work done on the building and expressing his optimism that while maintaining the quality, the remaining work on the building would also be completed soon.
The Minister also sought an update on the facelift of FCS&CA Kashmir building to turn it into a cultural heritage building. “The proposal in this regard is getting formulated where external facade of the building will be kept intact, while the alteration to internal architecture will only be taken up after consulting the concerned people at the directorate,” the officers according to the press note informed the minister.
Secretary, FCS&CA Shafiq Raina, Managing Director JKHB Manmohan Singh, Controller LMD Vipra Bhal, Joint Controllers, Jammu, Kashmir V S Sambyal, Amar Singh, respectively, and other concerned officers were present in the meeting.


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