Promises sorting out of technical issues in ministries
Srinagar: Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi on Monday complimented the Jammu and Kashmir government for making reasonable progress, amid challenging situation, on key developmental projects under Prime Minister’s Developmental Package (PMDP).
The Union Home Secretary was speaking at a high-level meeting convened here Monday morning to review the progress on implementation of PMDP-2015 projects in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Union Home Secretary said there are minor technical issues involved in some projects which will be taken up at the appropriate levels with the concerned Ministries in the Government of India to expedite them.
So far Rs 62236 crore have been sanctioned out of the Rs 80068 crore development package which was announced by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, at a public meeting in Srinagar on 7 November 2015.
Extensive deliberations were held at Monday’s meeting to review the progress of the projects under PMDP launched to augment infrastructure in J&K, including road connectivity, power supply, healthcare, education, and tourism, besides supplementing relief and rehabilitation efforts for flood victims.
J&K’s Chief Secretary apprised the Indian Home Secretary of the financial and physical progress made under each sector. The meeting was informed that around Rs 40000 crore have been earmarked for improving road infrastructure, including semi-ring roads in Jammu and Srinagar, and upgradation of important highways.
The connectivity projects taken up under PMDP include 105 kms of roads under Bharat Mala at a cost of Rs 2700 crore, Zojilla Tunnel at Rs 9090 crore, upgradation of Kargil-Zanaskar road at Rs 4200 crore, Srinagar-Shopian-Qazigund highway at Rs 1800 crore, upgradation of Jammu-Akhnoor-Poonch highway at Rs 5100 crore, Chenani-Sudhmahadev-Goha road at Rs 2100 crore, construction of tunnels at Lachulunga pass and Tanglang pass at Rs 5000 crore, construction of semi- ring road in Jammu at Rs 1400 crore, construction of semi-ring road in Srinagar at Rs 1860 crore, construction of double lane road in Batote-Kishtwar-Sinthan Pass-Anantnag at Rs 130 crore, Udhampur-Ramban road at Rs 2137, Ramban-Banihal road at Rs 2169 and 4-laning of Srinagar-Banihal section of highway including tunnel at Rs 2121 crore.
It also includes upgradation of Srinagar–Uri–Kaman Post Road and double laning of Srinagar-Leh road at a cost of Rs 233 crore and upgradation of Nimu-Padam-Darcha road at a cost of Rs 1707 crore.
In addition, Rs 11708 crore is for power, new and renewable energy. This includes augmentation of power infrastructure and distribution systems, solar power, and small hydro projects.
In the power distribution sector, Rs 3790 crore have been earmarked for augmentation of infrastructure for distribution systems including capital cities and tourist destinations. It excludes normal entitlement of J&K under DDUGJY and IPDS, Rs 105 crore have been earmarked for advance technology interventions including smart grids and smart meters, Rs 4153 crore have been earmarked for Pakal Dul hydropower project while Rs 1115 have been earmarked for Srinagar-Leh 200 KV Transmission Line.
An amount of Rs 7854 crore has been earmarked for flood relief, reconstruction and flood management. This includes Rs 1458 crore for comprehensive flood management of River Jhelum and its tributaries.
Rs 1350 crore have been earmarked as matching grant for $250 million World Bank-funded Jhelum-Tawi flood reconstruction project.
A total of Rs 2241 crore is meant for promoting tourism by developing new projects and tourist circuits and setting up of 50 tourist villages and conservation of Wullar Lake.
An amount of Rs 4900 crore has been earmarked for improving healthcare facilities in the state which includes the creation of two AIIMS in and support for the creation of infrastructure in hospitals and primary health centres.
It also includes Rs 1600 crore for development of urban infrastructure, Rs 529 crore for development of horticulture in the State, Rs 273 crore for rehabilitation and conservation of Dal and Nageen lakes, Rs 1000 crore for establishment of IIM campus at Jammu with out-campus at Srinagar, Rs 1000 crore for IIT Jammu, Rs 100 crore for modernization of NIT Srinagar, Rs 50 crore for construction of girls hostels, Rs 500 crore for high-end security system, Rs 1000 crore for one-time compensation to 36384 families from PoK and Chhamb, Rs 300 crore for 5 new IRP Battalions, Rs 450 crore for enhancement of remuneration of SPOs from Rs 3000 to Rs 6000 PM, Rs 250 crore for stepping up efforts under HIMAYAT scheme to train 1 lakh JK youth through placement-linked schemes, Rs 50 crore for Pashmina promotion and Rs 200 crore for development of sports infrastructure.
The GoI team which arrived here on Sunday includes Rajeev Gauba, OSD Union Home Ministry who will be soon taking over as new Union Home Secretary, K P Krishnan, Secretary Union Ministry of Skill Development, I Srinivas, Secretary Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Gyanesh Kumar, Joint Secretary (JK) MHA and other senior officers from Ministries of Home Affairs, Health and Family Welfare, Human Resource Development, Youth Affairs and Sports, Agriculture and Family Welfare, Tourism, Urban Development, Defense, Textiles, Road Transport & Highways, Finance, Power, Rural Development, Water Resources, New and Renewable Energy, Skill Development and NITI Aayog.
J&K delegation comprising the Administrative Secretaries of all the departments was led by Chief Secretary B B Vyas at the deliberations. Director General Police Dr S P Vaid and Divisional Commissioners of Jammu and Kashmir divisions were also present at the meeting.
Pertinently, under PMDP, 63 projects are being implemented through various Central Ministries and State Government Departments in the state.
The Home Secretary directed for further expediting the pace of work and assured that the GoI would extend all possible support for effective and efficient implementation of PMDP.
Later, the Home Secretary also reviewed the security situation in J&K with the top brass of Jammu and Kashmir Police, civil administration, army, paramilitary forces and other government agencies.
Chief Secretary, B B Vyas, Principal Secretary Home, R K Goyal, Director General Police Dr S P Vaid, besides senior officers from government agencies and paramilitary forces, attended the meeting.