Srinagar, Aug 15: The 73rd Independence Day was celebrated on Thursday at Leh and Kargil with enthusiasm and patriotic fervour.
Chairman and Chief Executive Councilor (CEC), LAHDC, Leh Gyal P Wangyal unfurled the tricolour here at Polo-ground at an impressive parade.
Speaking on the occasion, CEC expressed heartfelt wishes to the people of the district. He gave full assurance on behalf of Hill Council to leave no stone unturned to take Ladakh towards a new era of development and prosperity.
He mentioned major developmental projects underway and completed under PMGSY, NABARD, CRF, AMRUT, PMDP in the district.
He said that the district has made major headway in various development indicators adding that completion of various projects would transform the development scenario in the district.
He also mentioned the Mission Organic Development Initiative of Ladakh and the initiatives taken by Hill Council in making Leh district completely organic by 2025.
A book on the project was also released on the occasion.
On the occasion, contingents of paramilitary forces, police, school children and various bands presented March past.
Besides, a variety of cultural programmes by school children were also held.
MP Ladakh Jamyang Tsering Namgial, Deputy Chairman LAHDC, Tsering Sandup, Executive Councilors, Phuntsog Stanzin, Mumtaz Hussain and Konchok Stanzin, Div Com Ladakh, Saugat Biswas, Deputy Commissioner, Leh Sachin Kumar, SSP, Leh Sargun Shukla, Councilors, religious, political and social heads, eminent personalities, district officers and tourist groups were present on the occasion.
Similar functions were also held at sub-divisions of Khaltsi, Nubra, Nyoma and other Tehsils of the district.
Meanwhile, the Independence Day was also celebrated at Kargil with immense patriotic zeal and gaiety.
Chairman and Chief Executive Councillor, LAHDC, Kargil Feroz Ahmed Khan hoisted the national tricolor at Khree Sultan Chow Sports Stadium Biamathang.
The CEC took salute at an impressive march past presented by contingents of Jammu and Kashmir Police, NCC, Police and civil band parties besides contingents of government and private educational institutions.
Mr Khan while congratulating people on the Independence Day recalled the supreme sacrifices of the national heroes who laid down their lives for the country. While highlighting the achievements, developmental activities underway and future plans of the present Council in Kargil District, the CEC said that the council was fully committed towards the overall development of the district in all sectors and several important initiatives are presently underway in this regard.
He said that under Central Road Fund (CRF) out of Rs 124 crores sanctioned for seven major schemes in the district, Rs 32 crores have been expended on the construction of several major roads in the district. He further said that work on other related projects as well as 47 projects approved under languishing is going on in full swing.
Regarding PHE Sector, the CEC stated that in order to provide satisfactory drinking water supply to people 19 out of 28 water supply schemes sanctioned under NRDWP and 3 schemes under languishing have been completed so far, while the remaining projects are under different phases of completion.
The CEC while expressing his thankfulness to the Governor Administration for recent announcement of two new degree colleges for the district and sanctioning of Cluster University.
He also expressed optimism that the Government will take steps for early operationalization of Cluster University for which office facility has already been provided at Kargil.
Later, colorful patriotic and cultural programmes were presented by the artists of Cultural Academy and students of various Government and private educational institutions.
Prizes were also distributed among the participants in the March Past and cultural programmes. (UNI)