On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the groundwork for several development projects worth over Rs 20,000 crore in Jammu and Kashmir, including the opening of the Banihal-Qazigund road tunnel to establish a all-weather connectivity between the two regions of the union territory.
Modi, who celebrated the Panchayat Raj Diwas at the Palli Gram Panchayat in Samba, said the youths of Jammu and Kashmir will get job opportunities through the comprehensive development of the union territory.
The Panchayat members briefed the PM on the preparation made by the ladies of the region for his visit. Each household contributed a minimum of 20 rotis to accommodate all guests who came for the event.
Modi stressed the importance of celebrating the village’s founding day. He said that everyone in the village should come and join this celebration every year and decide what works should be done next year.
The Prime Minister urged the Panchayat representatives to use their tenure to do such work in their region that will be remembered for generations.
This is the Prime Minister’s first visit to JK after the repeal of Section 370 on August 5, 2019. “The groundbreaking and foundation laying of the Rs 20,000 crore project took place today. It will give new impetus to the development of Jammu and Kashmir,” Modi said in an address to the people here.
He said it was a great day to accelerate the development of the region. “I commend the people of Jammu and Kashmir for that.” “Rs 38,000 crore of private investment has been received in J&K in two years, compared to Rs 17,000 crore in the past seven decades,” the prime minister said.
Central laws, which would empower people here, have not been implemented over the years, have been implemented by the current government, he said.
The Prime Minister inaugurated the Banihal-Qazigund road tunnel to establish all-weather connectivity between Jammu and Kashmir regions of the Union Territory. The 8.45 km long tunnel will reduce the road distance between Banihal and Qazigund by 16 km and reduce travel time by about an hour and a half, officials said.
The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone for three road sets of the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra expressway, which is being constructed at a cost of over Rs 7,500 crore, in addition to launching the ‘Amrit Sarvor’ initiative. aimed at developing and rejuvenating 75 bodies of water in each borough of the country.
Among other projects, Modi also laid the foundation stone for the Rattle and Kwar hydropower projects, an 850MW facility to be constructed on the Chenab River in Kishtwar at a cost of around Rs 5,300 crore and a 540MW Kwar hydropower project to be constructed on the same river at a cost of over Rs 4,500 crore.
In order to further expand the network of “Jan Aushadi Kendras” in Jammu and Kashmir and make good quality generic drugs available at affordable prices, 100 centers have been inaugurated by the Prime Minister. These centers are located in remote corners of the territory of the Union.
PM also handed out “SVAMITVA” (Village Survey and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas) maps to program beneficiaries. The cards will provide villagers with documentary proof of their ownership of assets so they can use them for financial benefits if needed.
It also digitally transferred a cash prize of Rs 44.70 crore to the bank accounts of 322 Panchayats winners in 31 states/UTs of the country who are winners of prizes awarded in different categories. The prize money ranged from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 50 lakh.
With PTI entries
(Edited by : Priyanka Deshpande)
First post: STI