Patriotism & gaiety marked the 61st Republic Day celebrations at Leh & Kargil of Ladakh division
Leh/Kargil, January 26 (Scoop News) - Like other parts of the country, Republic Day was celebrated at Leh and Kargil with great enthusiasm and gaiety. The Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC, Leh Chering Dorje hoisted the national flag at historic Polo-ground at Leh while Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC, Kargil Kacho Ahmed Ali Khan hoisted the National Flag at Kargil
Addressing a large gathering, after unfurling the tri-color, Mr. Dorje highlighted the supreme sacrifices offered by the leaders for achieving freedom from the slavery of British rulers. He appealed the people to contribute in upholding the sovereignty and integrity of the country.
Referring to the landmark achievements in Leh, Mr.Dorje said that Ladakh Vision Document envisages economic self reliance and equal opportunities of development and prosperity to the people of the region. He said that Trans-Singhela area will be connected soon by completion of Rs 50 crore road project. He said the works on, as many as, 325 road projects and bridges are in full swing in the district.
Highlighting the Greater Leh Master Plan, Dorje said that LAHDC has already submitted a comprehensive development plan, costing Rs 414.58 crores to the Government. for funding to develop basic infrastructure like drainage and sewerage system, road improvement, drinking water facilities, parking, flood management etc. He said Rs 86.00 crores have been sanctioned for solid waste management, water supply scheme and slum development. He said the Centre has assured to grant Rs 100 crore for various development projects under 13th Finance Commission for Leh which include Rs 15 crore for upgradation of power infrastructure, Rs 25 crore for Sports Complex and Youth Hostel, Rs: 20 crore for cold storage and marketing for agro-products, Rs: 20 crore for flood control, Rs 20 crore for bridges and Rs 10 crore for promotion of Eco-Tourism, he added.
The CEC said that LAHDC has been empowered to implement power projects upto 2 MW and as such. Detailed Project Reports of a number of micro hydel projects, to be executed in various villages of different blocks of Leh, have already been submitted. He said the execution on these power projects shall be carried out in collaboration with the NHPC and in this direction LAHDC and the NHPC will sign on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) very soon.
He said under Govt of India’s New and Renewable Energy Scheme, Leh district has got 25,000 Solar water heaters, 10,000 Solar Cookers, 7,000 Solar Passive Heating system, 1,500 Solar domestic green houses, 500 commercial green houses and 1000 Solar Dryers.
Under AIBP programme, there are seven major irrigation project are apace at a cost of Rs 28.80 crores, Mr. Dorje added.
A colorful cultural programme was also presented on the occasion.
Among those present on the occasion included Executive Councilor, Minority Affairs, Mr. Mohd. Khan, Executive Councilor, Health Mr. Tsering Wangchuk, Executive Councilor, Education Mr. Dorje Stanzin, The Councilors, the Deputy Commissioner, Leh Mr. Ajeet Kumar Sahu, the SSP, Leh Mr. Titu, the Addl. DC, Leg Mr. Mohd Haneef, Presidents and representatives of various religious organizations, National and State awardees, top ranking officers of Army, Indian Air Force and civil besides prominent citizens. Nearly 10,000 men, women and children witnessed the function despite of severe cold.
Earlier, the CEC, Mr. Chering Dorje, hoisted tricolor at the Council Secretariat. The Deputy Commissioner Leh Mr. AK Sahu, Executive Councilors, Councilors and staff members of Council Secretariat attended the function.
Chairman/Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC, Kargil Kacho Ahmed Ali Khan hoisted the National Flag at Khree Sultan Choo Sports Stadium, and took salute at an impressive March Past comprising of contingents of Jammu and Kashmir police, NCC, school children and army and civil band. Thousands of men and women folk in their traditional attire thronged the stadium to witness the Republic Day parade.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Executive Councilor recalled the supreme sacrifices of the national heroes who laid down their lives for the sake of the country. He called upon the people to protect and strengthen the age old tradition of brotherhood and communal harmony. He appreciated the spirit of the people of Kargil for maintaining religious tolerance and peace over the years.
While presenting a brief over view about the developmental activities undertaken by the Hill Council, Kargil, he said that in order to facilitate the students of Kargil pursuing studies outside the state, the boys hostel at Srinagar is soon expected to get functional, while the boys hostel at Jammu in under speedy construction at a cost of Rs. 1.25 crore. He also said that for the convenience of patients of Kargil who have to travel to
He also said that the feasibility survey for the construction of tunnel at Zojila is likely to be completed by October, 2010. He further said that the work for construction of Council Secretariat at Kargil has also been started at a cost of Rs.40 crores.
Kacho Ahmed Ali Khan also lauded the efforts of the Army and police forces for their commendable job in safeguarding the borders, and maintaining law and order in the district. Later, the CEC distributed prizes among the contingents.
He also distributed awards among 38 persons for their extra ordinary services in the spheres of effective administration, art, culture and languages and education. Among these 28 people were awarded for the meritorious services rendered by them during the Zojila crisis in November last year, which included the Executive Councilor for Agriculture, Haji Ghulam Amir, Executive Councilor for Tourism, Punchoq Tashi, Superintendent of Police, Ajaz Ahmed Bhat and Project Director, DRDA, and the then Deputy Commissioner Kacho Mohammad Shah, and the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Tsering Muroop.4 people were awarded for their extraordinary contribution in the promotion and preservation of culture, and 6 school students were awarded for securing first, second and third positions in the 10th and 12th class board examinations.
Republic Day was also celebrated at all sub division/tehsil/block headquarters of the district. Executive Councilor for Agriculture Haji Ghulam Amir hoisted the national flag at Chikten, Executive Councilor for Rural Development and CA&PD, Syed Kazim Sabiri hoisted the national flag at Sankoo, while as SDM Drass and Zanskar hoisted the national flag at their respective sub divisions. They took salute at the March Past. Colorful cultural programmes were also presented on the occasion.
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