Jammu, Feb 28 (PTI) In the first step to fulfil the long pending demand of people in Jammu and Kashmir, tenders were floated for the development and conservation of Tawi river front, an official said today.Also Read - 1 Dead, 3 Injured As Terrorists Throw Grenade Inside Shop In Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla

The Jammu Development Authority (JDA) has identified 3,125 acres of land which was under encroachment and managed to demarcate 2,750 acres, out of which 1,750 acres were now in possession and protection of the authority, Vice Chairman, JDA, Rajesh Kumar Shavan, said. Also Read - ‘BJP After All Our Mosques; The Kashmir Files Responsible For Violence In Valley’: Mehbooba Mufti

“To ensure that the work gets kick started this year, a tender of Rs 140 cr has been floated,” Shavan said. Also Read - Massive Fire Breaks Out In Forest Areas Of Jammu and Kashmir, Firefighting Operation Underway

He said it was a historic day for the people of Jammu as their long pending demand is getting fulfilled.

The project of Tawi river front is broadly envisaged to cover 10 km stretch upwards from 4th Tawi bridge (Gole Gujral) upto Sainik School Nagrota and to begin with the consolidated detailed project report (DPR) of Rs 407 cr for 3.5 km stretch up to Gujjar Nagar bridge was prepared, the JDA vice chairman said.

However, he said due to technical reason, the bifurcation of DPR took a reasonable time and now the DPR for protection work and conservation part have been separately prepared.

“The JDA engaged Sabarmati river front development corporation limited and the consultants have carried out necessary investigations and feasibility study,” he said.

Asked about the measures taken to tackle encroachment, Shavan said the concerned departments have been directed to remove the encroachments and hand over the land to the JDA for completion of the prestigious project.

“The high court is monitoring the anti-encroachment drive which is going on in full swing,” he said. PTI TAS AB DPB

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