Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that a vicious atmosphere was being created in Kashmiri. She said that a situation is being created where guns are put into the hands of our youngsters instead of pens.
“We all know that in whole world children are given pens and books in their hands, but unfortunately here an atmosphere was created wherein our children have been given gun and stone in hands instead of pen and book,” Mehbooba said during her tour to South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
She said that a gun costs six lakh rupees while a pen costs only five rupees.
“Many lives were lost in last year’s unrest due to which development was hampered,” she added.
Mehbooba Mufti who was on a day’s visit to the district kick started several developmental projects worth Rs 57 crore here today.
The Chief Minister inaugurated a 10 MVA receiving station at Behibagh set up at a cost of Rs. five crore. She also inaugurated a 6.30 MVA Kilam receiving station through on line mode.
Together set up at a cost of Rs 10 crore, the two receiving stations would benefit people of about nine habitations in the area in terms of load stabilization, regulated power supply and improved voltage. The two receiving stations would also indirectly benefit about 40 to 50 villages, including many in Shopian district, in terms of improved power supply.
Mehbooba Mufti also threw open Tengam Tengbal Water Supply scheme with a capacity of one Million Gallon Daily built at a cost of Rs 14.22 crore. The scheme would suffice the drinking water needs of around 32 thousand souls of the area for next 30 years.
At Adjan, the Chief Minister laid the foundation of 484 metre multi span Adjen-Damhall bridge over Vishow nallah.
It may be recalled here that a small bridge measuring 30 metres had been planned at the place over a small tributary but the new bridge would connect about 32 villages in the area and would be built at a cost of Rs. 20 crore. It would be completed within two years.
Later at Damhall, the Chief Minister inaugurated the 45 metre additional span of a bridge on Damhall-Laisoo road. Completed at a cost of Rs 2.80 crore, the bridge, which was damaged in the floods of 2014, would connect around 30 thousand people of 27 villages.
Interacting with people on the occasion, Mehbooba Mufti said she has directed the concerned agencies to complete the works before the deadline schedule. She said the area would be developed in terms of tourist attractions as it has a huge potential of river rafting, hiking and adventure tourism. She said once tourism picks up it would help a great deal in addressing unemployment problem in the area.
Responding to local demands, the Chief Minister assured the people that adequate staff would be posted at the local hospitals. She also announced that improvement of roads like Pahloo-Damhal and other roads would also be undertaken besides other developmental activities in the area.
In the last leg of her visit, Mehbooba Mufti visited Asthal where she laid the foundation of a 3 x 40 metre span steel girder bridge on Chalan-Asthal road. The bridge on completion in 2019 would benefit about ten thousand souls of four villages and would be completed at a cost of Rs. 9.95 crore.
Minister for PHE, Shyam Choudhary; Minister for R&B, Naeem Akhtar; Minister of State for Hajj & Auqaf, Syed Farooq Andrabi; MP, Nazir Ahmad Laway; MLA, Noorabad, Abdul Majeed Padroo; Deputy Commissioner, Talat Parvez; Superintendent of Police, Shridhar Patil; Chief Engineer, R&B, Abdul Hamid and officers of District administration accompanied the Chief Minister during her visit.