Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, who is on a four-day visit to the State, took a review of the implementation of Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP), alongwith Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, at a high-level meeting of officers here today.
During the meeting, the two leaders took a detailed review of the projects taken up under Rs 80000 crore PMDP in the State.
Mr. Rajnath Singh impressed upon the officers of the State and Central Government to work in a coordinated manner for the in time implementation of the projects under PMDP. He said the PMDP which envisages a developmental and infrastructural revolution in the State is the biggest financial package for J&K so far.
The Union Home Minister asked the officers to complete the projects within the deadline schedule so that people of the State get the benefit of these projects at the earliest. He also suggested taking the benefits of these projects to common masses so that with their involvement in execution, completion results are achieved at the earliest.
In her intervention, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti sought regular and in time release of funds to the State Government for executing these projects. She said that given the limited working season and harsh winters in the State, these releases have to fast-paced and furthered.
Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh was also present in the meeting.
Chief Secretary, B B Vyas and OSD to Union Home Minister, Amrindra Kumar Senger briefed the meeting in detail about various categories of projects taken in hand under PMDP.
The meeting was informed 63 projects have been taken up under PMDP by 15 Union Ministries through 39 executing agencies. Of them around 80% of the projects stand formally sanctioned, the meeting was told.
Out of the total outlay, Rs 21988 crore have been released under the package and five projects have already been completed while as seven projects are likely to be completed soon, the meeting was informed.
Of the projects in progress, the meeting was informed, are 22 major road projects in the State which include some big ticket works like semi ring road projects for Srinagar and Jammu, Kargil-Zanaskar road, Udhampur-Ramban and Ramban-Banihal stretches of National Highway and which are in various stages of completion.
The meeting was informed that the IIM at Jammu has started functioning from transit accommodation with an off campus at Narkara, Budgam. Similarly, the IIT at Jammu has also started functioning at Jammu and the process of raising infrastructure at the two institutes has also been started. Similarly under AMRUT, the meeting was informed, the DPRs of 56 out of 59 projects have been approved, out of which 27 projects have been started.
Under the Himayat programme, a target of training more than one lakh youth for the coming five years of the State has been fixed with prople placement linkages, the meeting was informed. Similarly indoor stadia are being constructed at 10 district headquarters, the meeting was told.
Among the 11 projects to be taken up for execution include some ambitious projects like Rs. 5100 crore Jammu-Akhnoor-Poonch road project, Rs. 1800 crore Srinagar-Shopian-Qazigund road project, Rs. 2700 crore 105 kilometre long connectivity project for various tourist destinations and and Rs. 1800 crore Zojila tunnel project.