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CEC,LAHDC inaugurates Steel Girder Motorable Bridge to Markha valley
Leh,January 28, (Scoop News)- It was a historic day for the inhabitants of Markha valley for their long due demand of joining the valley to main Nimoo-Zanskar Road was fulfilled when the Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC, Leh Rigzin Spalbar inaugurated the long pending 72 Mtr Span Steel Girder Motorable Bridge to Markha valley at Tsachu-thang over Zanskar River yesterday.

The bridge was executed by PWD Construction Division, Leh at a total estimated cost of Rs.3.28 crore of which Rs.1.10 crore is from District Plan and remaining 2.18 crore is funded under State Task Force (STF).

The elated villagers celebrated the moment in a grand function organised at Kaya village which was attended by EC Tourism Shaffi Lassu, EC Agriculture Sonam Dorje, Councilor Sku-Markha Tsering Phuntsog, Director LREDA Jigmet Takpa, CMO Dr. Phuntsog Angchok, AD CA&PD, Executive Engineers of PHE, R&B, PDD, Chief Animal Husbandary Officer, Sarpanch, Panches, Nambardars, Ama Tsogspas and villagers of Sku-Markha and adjoining villages.

Later the CEC attended a function organized by the villagers of Sku-Markha at Kaya village. Addressing the villagers the CEC said that it is the day to be written in golden words in the history of Markha valley. He expressed gratitude to the people of the Sku-Markha villages and the official of Construction Division for their hard work and dedication in completing of this long pending bridge.

CEC said that the conceptualization of this bridge has opened a new road for the people of these villages. He gave up brief history of the obstacle and difficulties in completing this bridge since 2008. He said that the people of these villages can make the best use of this bridge by making use of the available resources in their villages and opportunities to explore their potentials in the field of agriculture, horticulture and tourism. He stressed on the need for the younger generation to stay in touch with agriculture occupation along with their studies.

Stressing on the importance of sustainable development, he urged upon the various government departments in coordination with village representatives to plan a holistic prospective vision to develop this region and make it examplenary for the rest of the district. He also urged the villagers to take advantage of scientific methods and advancement by availing the schemes ad benefits provided by departments of Agriculture, Horticulture, Sheep/ Animal Husbandry and wildlife.

CEC further said that because of the area coming under national park zone and also due to bigger population various obstacle and legalities come in implementing the state/centre sponsored schemes in these villages but he gave full assurance to speed up the pace of development in these villages without any short comings and also committed to invest enough funds to constructing the road up to Hanker village.

EC Agriculture expressed congratulation for completing the bridge and said that with the efforts of the CEC the long pending bridge completed. He assured to providing all subsidy and other beneficial schemes of all the departments without any discrimination. He urged the villagers for traditional farming and land based economy for a sustainable development.

EC Tourism while speaking on the occasion highlighted the eco tourism policies under which tourism will be promoted in control manner and fee will be collected and the same will be expended on the development of concerned villages. He said that the area comes under the Wildlife Century and it is necessary for preservation of Wildlife and environments.

A cultural programme was also presented by the villagers of Sku, Kaya,Markha and Hanker.
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