SRINAGAR: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday announced that a new highway would be constructed in Jammu and Kashmir along the border from Kargil to Gurez. He made this announcement at a high-level meeting convened here to review the implementation of various developmental initiatives in the state.
Governor Satya Pal Malik, advisors to Governor, B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar and Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, GoI Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, J&K Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam, state’s administrative secretaries and other senior officers of the central and the state government were present at the meeting.
The home minister said the Ministry for Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH), Government of India has been asked to prepare the detailed project report (DPR) for the new highway taking off at Kargil in Ladakh and culminating at Gurez in district Bandipora after traversing through Machhil, Keran and Tangdhar.
He also took a detailed review of the projects being implemented under the Prime Minister’s Development Programme (PMDP), the Dal Lake Conservation programme, establishment of 5 new battalions of Indian Reserve Police (IRP) in the state, progress of capacity building of local youth under Himayat, Udaan and Prime Minister’s Kaushal Vikas Yojana, Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) for J&K students, creation of sports infrastructure and educational exchange programmes.
Rajnath reviewed the progress on relief disbursement to PaJK and West Pakistan Refugees, employment package for migrants under PMDP, BADP and construction of bunkers along the International Border and LoC. He also took a detailed review of the developmental issues of Ladakh.
J&K Chief Secretary sought the home minister’s intervention to get Industrial Development Package on the pattern of Northeast Industrial Development Scheme extended to J&K which has extra incentives for the entrepreneurs. He sought a special dispensation of Rs 1724 crore for land acquisition under PMGSY which has not been factored in from Phase-X to Phase-XII.
The Chief Secretary also sought additional Rs 759 crore for Srinagar Ring Road Project and relaxation in SDRF norms for purchase of equipment.
The home minister also separately chaired a high-level security review meeting to review the overall security scenario in the state.
Speaking at the meeting, he complimented the state administration, police and paramilitary forces for ensuring smooth, free and fair conduct of Urban Local Body Polls in the state. He took stock of the overall security scenario in the state in run up to the conduct of Panchayat Polls.