Kargil has bio safety level 2 RTPCR testing facility, Zojila Tunnel to boost economic activities: Mathur

LG RK Mathur addressing a press conference in Kargil on Saturday.

KARGIL: During the course of his two day visit to Kargil district Lieutenant Governor, Radha Krishna Mathur on Saturday said that Kargil has bio safety level 2 RTPCR testing facility and construction of Zojila Tunnel to boost economic activities. He stated this during a press conference.
Chairman and Chief Executive Councillor LAHDC Kargil Feroz Ahmad Khan, Deputy Commissioner and CEO, LAHDC, Kargil Baseer ul Haq Choudhary, SSP Kargil Dr Vinod Kumar besides other concerned officers were present on the occasion.
The LG stated that the coming up of the RTPCR Lab which was inaugurated yesterday is a bio safety level 2 lab. It has an RNA Extractor Machine that has been approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) with the capacity of 96 tests in one go and 292 tests in 3 sittings per 24 hours.
This facility will prove quite useful to Kargil to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, especially during the winter season as the people can now have quicker RTPCR testing in the district itself, the LG said.
The LG said that with the kick start of the 100 days campaign launched at a UT level function yesterday, all schools and Anganwari centers in Ladakh would be provided with water supplies and all possible efforts would be made to meet the targets within the stipulated timelines despite seasonal limitations.
With regard to Smart Cities Mission, the LG said that on the directions of the Hon’ble Prime Minister and efforts of the UT Administration, Kargil and Leh have been selected for smart city assistance in addition to the 100 smart cities selected earlier on competition basis.
LG Mathur said that a team from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) is presently on visit to Ladakh and has held various consultative meetings with different stakeholders including the CEC, LAHDC, Kargil.

With regards to the construction of Zojila Tunnel, the LG said that after the blast off ceremony which was held recently certain works have already started. The Hon’ble Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has fixed the target of completion of the tunnel within 4 years, while the contractual time frame is of 6 years.
He expressed hope that during the process of construction of the tunnel which is a major development, a great deal of economic activity would be generated.
Regarding the preparedness of the UT Administration with regard to the ensuing winter season, the LG stated that the CEC, LAHDC, Kargil has already convened a meeting and soon after the conclusion of LAHDC elections in Leh, meetings at UT level will also be convened to review the overall arrangements.
The LG stated that efforts are also being made to ensure that the same level of air services and support which were extended last year in Kargil are ensured this winter as well despite the engagements of the Indian Air Force in Eastern Ladakh.

Reiterating the commitment of the UT Administration towards the equitable development of Ladakh UT, the LG said that all efforts are being made to expend the additional funds from the Central Government in a judicious and comprehensive manner.

The LG said that the UT Administration is fully committed to establish an airport suitable enough for landing of wide bodied airplanes in Kargil and in case of such planes not found to be technically suitable to operate on the existing airstrip, an alternate airport will be constructed at an appropriate location in the district