Jammu, February 16: The Governor of the state, NN Vohra on Monday has written a letter to M Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Urban Development to thank him for considering the request for inclusion of Jammu and Srinagar in the list of smart cities.
The governor had discussed the inclusion of the state’s two capitals in the list of smart cities with M Venkaiah Naidu during his recent visit to New Delhi and the letter was written in the backdrop of the same discussion.
During his visit, he Governor NN Vohra deliberated upon the fact that the state of Jammu and Kashmir has had two capital cities and more than half of the urban population lives in these two cities. Not only this, more than 11-12 million tourists and pilgrims visit both the cities every year.
He also pointed out that consequent to the intra-city competition among the potential cities to be proposed for inclusion in the smart city mission, there was a tie between cities of Srinagar and Jammu. Moreover, the demand for including Srinagar and Jammu in the smart city list has been backed by many political parties, trader and business associations and civil society groups.