LEH, MAR 12: Chairman/Chief Executive Councillor LAHDC Leh Gyal. P Wangyal after becoming Chairman of the Hill Council Leh for the first time visited Markha village, one of the most backward and remote villages of Leh by foot the other day.
CEC on a one day extensive tour of Skyu-Markha constituency alongwith Executive Councillor for Agriculture Phuntosg Stanzin, Councillor Skyu-Markha Sonam Norboo, district and sub divisional level officers and engineers headed by District Superintending Engineer PWD, Leh Pardeep Sharma and ACD, Leh Tsering Paldan visited Skyu-Kaya, Markha and Chiling villages and listened to the grievances and demands of the villages including Chalak, Hankar, Doltokling, Sumdha-Chanmo, Sumdha-Choon, Sumdha-Dho, Izangs, Tsogsti etc so that their genuine demands would be incorporated in the upcoming 2020-21 Capex budget of Hill Council Leh being formulated at Rs. 234 crore besides including other major centrally sponsored schemes.
Responding to some common and major demands of the Skyu-Markha valley including installation of mobile towers, extension and blacktopping of Skyu-Markha road up to Hankar and connecting the valley with power line, CEC Wangyal said that the construction of Skyu-Markha road started with Rs. 4:00 Crore fund and for the year 2019-20 Rs. 35 lakh was allocated and for survey of road from Markha to Hankar Rs. 9:00 lakh was kept out of which Rs. 4:00 lakh was expended. He said that Council is giving top priority to connect far-off and remote villages of Leh and assured that a good expendable amount of funds will be allocated for the same road in upcoming 2020-21 Capex budget
Regarding installation of mobile towers in the valley, Wangyal said that under USO funding 24 Mobile Towers are sanctioned in Leh out of which two mobile towers are in Skyu-Markha valley and installation works will resume soon.
To connect Skyu-Marka valley with main power line, CEC said that under DDUGJY electric poles and lines have been partially laid and hoped that entire valley will be connected with main power line this year only.
CEC and EC Agri Phuntsog made the people aware about number of schemes launched by Modi Govt. and appealed to the people to avail maximum benefit from these schemes.
EC Agriculture made farmers aware about the upcoming Rs. 250 crore Mission Organic Development Initiative (MODI) of LAHDC, Leh aimed at to convert Leh district into organic and sustainable farming region and said that implementation of MODI in valley like Skyu-Markha would be easy as this valley is not using chemical fertilizers.
Councillor Skyu-Markha Sonam Norboo highlighted issues and demands of the people of visited villages.