LEH/JAMMU/SRINAGAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched several development projects in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday during his day-long visit to the state. He also laid the foundation stones of two new branches of the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Jammu and Srinagar.
Beginning his J&K visit from Ladakh Sunday morning, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the New Terminal Building of the Kushak Bakula Rinpoche (KBR) Airport at Leh.
The New Terminal Building of KBR Airport Leh is coming up over 11.8 acres of land at a project cost of Rs 480 crore. It shall have 18 check-in counters, two arrival baggage carrousels and three passenger boarding bridges along with parking facility for 200 cars. The new airport terminal will be upgraded to handle A320 and B737 aircrafts.
The Prime Minister also dedicated the 220 KV Single Circuit Srinagar-Alusteng-Drass-Kargil-Khaltsi-Leh Transmission System to the nation, connecting Ladakh with the National Grid for assured power supply. The foundation stone of this project was laid by the Prime Minister in August 2014. The transmission system has been completed by the Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd at a cost of Rs 2,361.60 crore.
The Prime Minister also inaugurated the 9MW Dah Hydroelectric Project in Ladakh. The project has been completed at a cost of Rs 95 crore and it will provide electricity to around half-a-dozen villages in the area.
The Prime Minister also launched the University of Ladakh, established under the University of Ladakh Act 2018. It will be a Cluster University comprising the degree colleges of Nubra, Leh, Zanskar, Kargil, Drass and Khaltsi. The University shall have administrative offices at both Leh and Kargil.
The Prime Minister also declared open several new tourist and trekking routes in the Ladakh region to facilitate more tourist footfall in the area.
In addition, the validity of the Protected Area Permit has been increased to 15 days in the Ladakh region. Now tourists will be able to enjoy their journey in Ladakh for a longer time.
The Prime Minister also addressed a gathering at the auditorium of the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies (CIBS), Leh.
Governor Satya Pal Malik, Minister of State in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh, Chairman Legislative Council Haji Anayat Ali, Chairman/CEC, LAHDC, Leh Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, Chairman/CEC, LAHDC, Kargil Feroz Ahmad Khan, Legislator Chering Dorjay, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam, Director General of Police Dilbag Singh, DC Leh Avny Lavasa and other senior civil, police and Army officers were present on the occasion.
Earlier, on his arrival at Leh, the Prime Minister was received by Governor Satya Pal Malik, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam and senior officers from the civil and police administration and the Army.
At Jammu, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of AIIMS Jammu at Vijaypur, Samba.
AIIMS Jammu is coming up at a cost of Rs 1,661 crore under PMDP. Around 2000 Kanals of land have been transferred to the Health and Medical Education Department at Vijaypur for the project.
AIIMS Jammu shall have a 750-bed state-of-the-art super-specialty hospital with a Medical College and a Nursing College.
Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of a bridge over the river Chenab at Sajwal (Pargwal-Indri Pattian), Jourian in Jammu. The 1640 m (39 spans) double-lane bridge would provide alternate connectivity between Sajwal and Indri Pattian areas, reducing the travel distance from the existing 50 kms to 3 kms. The bridge will be completed by March 2021.
Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the Pollution Abatement Project on rivers Devika and Tawi. The project is being implemented under the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP) at an estimated cost of Rs 186.74 crore, involving development and beautification of 25.29 sq kms of rivers Devika and Tawi in Udhampur district.
The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the Northern Regional Centre of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) campus Jammu coming up over 15.25 acres of land at Kerian in Jammu at an estimated cost of Rs 16.40 crore. He also inaugurated the University Institute of Engineering and Technology Janglote, Kathua. He also launched an entrepreneurship and career development hub at Jammu University.
The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of the 624 MW Kiru Hydroelectric Project to be constructed over the river Chenab in district Kishtwar by the Chenab Valley Power Projects Private Ltd (CVPPPL). The project cost is Rs 4,708.60 crore and it is to be completed in 54 months. J&K will get free power from the project as per the norms besides 1 percent additional free power will be provided towards the Local Area Development Fund.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also exchanged on the occasion between J&K Power Development Department (JKPDD) and NHPC Ltd for execution of the 850 MW Ratle Hydroelectric Project on the river Chenab in Drabshalla area of district Kishtwar.
Governor Satya Pal Malik, MoS in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh, MPs Jugal Kishore Sharma and Shamsher Singh Manhas, Advisor to Governor K K Sharma, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam, Union Secretaries, Administrative Secretaries and senior civil and police officers were present on the occasion.
The Prime Minister also addressed a public gathering on the sidelines of the function.
Earlier, on his arrival at Jammu Airport, the Prime Minister was received by Governor Satya Pal Malik, MoS in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam, IGP Jammu M K Sinha, DC Jammu Ramesh Kumar and other senior civil and police officers.
On the last leg of his visit, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of various projects in Srinagar including AIIMS Kashmir coming up at Awantipora, Pulwama, at a cost of Rs 1,828 crore over 207 acres of land.
AIIMS Kashmir shall have a 750-bed state-of-the-art super-specialty hospital with a Medical College and Nursing College.
The Prime Minister dedicated to the nation the 400 KV Double Circuit Jalandhar-Samba-Rajouri-Shopian-Amargarh (Sopore) Transmission Line. The project has been completed at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore and would bring an additional 1000 MW of electricity to the Kashmir valley.
The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of model degree colleges at Singhpora in district Baramulla, Villgam in Kupwara and Padder in district Kishtwar.
He also inaugurated facilities for thte launch of the first Rural BPO at Bandipora in North Kashmir and a Multipurpose Indoor Sports Facility at Sehpora in district Ganderbal.
The BPO at Bandipora will train 600 educated youth every year for placement in BPOs and this will provide a platform for establishing more BPOs and attracting employment-oriented investment.
The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of Transit Accommodation for Kashmiri Migrant State Government employees and declared electrification of 100 percent of the households in J&K under SAUBHAGYA.
The Prime Minister immediately on his arrival in Srinagar visited the interior parts of the Dal Lake in a motorboat and took stock of the condition of the water body.
He also interacted with Sarpanchs at SKICC Srinagar.
Earlier on his arrival at Srinagar Airport, the Prime Minister was received by the Mayor Srinagar Municipal Corporation Junaid Azim Matoo, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan, IGP Kashmir S P Pani and other senior officers of the civil and police administration, the Army and paramilitary forces.