Mufti warns of ‘non-performance’ of developmental panels

Jammu: In a veiled warning to the panels set up for overlooking developmental projects in J&K, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed today directed the administration to “re-consider their continuance” if they are not performing well.

“If the committees that have been formed to overlook developmental projects are not functioning properly, then you should reconsider their continuance,” he said while speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the multi-tier parking lot here this morning.

While referring to the projects being undertaken to restore Mubarak Mandi complex in the city by its panel, Mufti said, “Nothing remarkable has so far been done to make the place a tourist attraction by restoring it to its pristine glory”.

Talking about the multi-tier parking lot at the bus stand in Jammu, he said that the project has been delayed due to finances.

“However, I have been told by the Deputy Chief Minister that this project will now be completed in next two years.

It’s a good thing to give it a time-frame”, he said, adding that the parking space would accommodate more than 1,300 vehicles.

On the flyover construction issue being raised by Jammu Poonch MP Jugal Kishore Sharma, Mufti said that the work would be started after the second instalment of the Asian Development Bank would come.

He said that he will plead with the Prime Minister that the two smart cities, one in Srinagar and one for Jammu must be sanctioned as there were several places of international fame in both these places.

The PDP patron also expressed his displeasure over the mild response to the cleanness drive in Jammu city.

“I had said this earlier but I am not sure how seriously Deputy Chief Minister took it that there should be a cleanliness week of the Municipal Corporations. I am not sure whether it has been done or not,” he said. .

The Chief Minister also batted for developing border tourism in Jammu region on the patterns of Wagah Border in Punjab.

“We have Suchetgarh which can be developed on the patterns of Wagah Border. The same way we have done it in Uri Kaman post and Chakan-Da-Bagh in Poonch. Suchetgarh can be developed as a destination point with all facilities”, he said.

He also called for setting up of two Information Technology Parks in the state.

“There are many educated youth in both Jammu and in Kashmir. There are call centers in several places; I have requested them to set up call centers in Jammu as well as in Kashmir. I was sitting with some influential people who have a say in the Government of India, I asked them to give us two IT Parks in Srinagar and Jammu”, he said.

He said that he would ask big corporate houses to invest in such IT parks in the state.

Mufti added that the Public Private Partnership should be promoted in the state that would help generate finances for various projects in the state.

After a question was raised in the assembly about development of Sanasar and Surinsar which were close to Jammu as compared to Patnitop and Bhaderwah, Mufti said his government was working to develop these two places so that people can go and enjoy at these places. (PTI)