Leh: The Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, Brigadier (Dr) BD Mishra (Retd) met the Chief Engineer of Project Yojak, Jitender Prasad, at Raj Niwas to review the clearance of snow on Singge-La and Shinku-La passes.
The LG inquired about the progress of clearance of snow on the Singge-La and Shinku-La passes in the Zanskar sub-division.
Jitender informed that the Singge-La Pass which connects Zanskar with Leh was opened for vehicular traffic on March 2.
He also informed that the Singge-La Pass was closed for a week’s time due to heavy snowfall and avalanches, and further informed that the snow clearance work on 70 km-long road was completed within a week’s time.
Jitender informed that the Singge-La Pass was kept open for vehicular traffic throughout the year, except for a week’s time due to heavy snowfall.
Jitender informed that the Shinku-La Pass which connects Zanskar with Manali was kept open till January 31, 2023.
He informed that snow clearance has already started from both Manali and Padum and efforts are being made to open the Pass for traffic by March 15.
The LG instructed Chief Engineer Project Yojak to provide a detailed plan of their future plans for all the roads maintained by them in Ladakh.
He also instructed Chief Engineer Project Yojak not to compromise on the quality of work and finish all the pending work within the stipulated timeline.
A delegation comprising the executive members of the All Ladakh Hotel and Guest House Association (ALHGHA) led by its President, Skarma Tsering Dehlex, met the LG at Raj Niwas. Secretary, Tourism and Culture, Mehboob Ali Khan was present in the meeting.
Skarma informed about the dependence of Ladakh’s economy on tourism and the involvement of around 60 percent of its population in various tourist activities.
He requested for relaxation for some period to enable them to follow the new compliances and rules set by the government for the registration of hotels with more than 19 rooms.
Skarma also requested for application of the Industrial Electricity Tariff for hotels and guest houses in Ladakh.
He requested for provisional registration of hotels and guest houses in Nubra valley which falls within the boundary of the Karakoram Wildlife Sanctuary until the rationalisation of the boundaries is done.
Skarma also requested for exemption from compliance with guidelines issued by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
He further requested for support for the promotion of Ladakh tourism at various National and International platforms and reimbursement of the UT component of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
A delegation from All Daily Wagers Union led by its President, Punchok Angchuk, met the LG at Raj Niwas.
Punchok informed about the issues faced by the daily wagers working in different departments in Ladakh due to the non-regularisation of their jobs. They requested for regularisation of their jobs.
The LG informed about the Startup India campaign initiated by the Prime Minister, and also informed about the inability of the government to provide government jobs to all its citizens.
He further informed about the formation of a Board of Officers to look into the issues faced by daily wagers and work for the benefit of deserving candidates.
- February 25, 2024