IIT, IIM for Jammu and AIIMS for Kashmir: Mufti

Jammu, May 15: Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on the issue of establishing of AIIMS at Kashmir and IIT at Jammu, said that he sees the state as one unit and not through the narrow prism of regional politics. This was disclosed by the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed while having his first informal interaction with the media persons in the winter capital at his official residence today.

He said that it has been clear in the agenda of the alliance that Jammu will get IIT and IIM and Kashmir will get AIIMS and we are firm on this. He also said that once the four-laning of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway will be completed it will take 4 hours to travel by road. He said that if the people of Jammu travel to Delhi for better treatment of health then they will also travel to Srinagar.

While Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh who was also present in the informal meeting of the Chief Minister with the media persons said that needs of tertiary medicare in Jammu shall be taken care of and the matter stands already taken up with the Central Government.

He said that the artificial lake in Jammu is not feasible as the river brings a lot of silt with it. He also said that economically and technically it is not feasible. He said that the instead of it we will get landscaping of the banks of river Tawi so that the people will sit in the gardens there, he added.

Mufti also expressed his concern said that the critical condition of the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway and said that he had a detailed discussion with the Union Minister for Road Transport and National Highways, Nitin Gadkari, regarding carrying out immediate repairs of the most important road link between the Valley and the rest of the country. “The tourist season has begun and the Amarnath Yatra is also going to start after some time. My main focus will be to make NH 1-A roadworthy so that people do not face any problems,” he said and added that Director General, Border Roads Organization (BRO), will be visiting the State soon to expedite the ongoing works on the National Highway 1-A and other roads which are under BRO.

While replying to a question about the alliance with BJP, the Chief Minister said the mandate of the people is to gel the three regions of the State as one entity. He said the Government has to work on a bigger canvas so that expectations of people from the alliance are fulfilled.

He also said that he has allocated Rs. 50 crore for macadamization of roads in Jammu. “In addition, 8 CRF Projects envisaging cost of Rs. 190 crore, are being taken up shortly in Jammu Division which include Samba-Mansar, Jathana Bridge-Kathua and Hatli Roads” he added.

Among others, Minister for Public Works, Floriculture, Gardens and Parks, Syed Altaf Bukhari, Minister of State for Information, Education & Culture, Priya Sethi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, B B Vyas, Director Information, Muneer-ul-Islam, and top names from both the print and electronic media representing various organizations attended the interaction.