CM addresses press conference in winter capital; Favors dialogue with Pakistan, spells out broad contours of package
JAMMU, NOVEMBER 13: Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Friday termed the package of Rs.80,000 crore announced by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, during his rally on November 7 at Srinagar as wholesome, adding it takes care of equitable development of all the three regions of the state.
He said the Prime Minister is totally focused on development of J&K and he has lived up to his promise of supporting its transformation as a model state.
On the issue of improving road connectivity in the state, the Chief Minister described the package announced by Narendra Modi as a continuation of what former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee did in his tenure as Prime Minister when he announced North-South and East-West corridors to connect National Highways. He thanked the Centre for prioritizing widening of road stretches from Udhampur to Chenani and from Chenani to Ramban, Ramban to Banihal and Banihal to Srinagar which will enable the people to complete Srinagar-Jammu journey in only four hours.
The Prime Minister, during his visit, had also laid foundation stone of widening of these two road stretches at a total cost of Rs 4306 crores.
The Chief Minister gave elaborate details of major projects under road infrastructure which will ease the distances and movement of people across the regions and sub-regions of the state. These include construction of Zojilla Tunnel at a cost of Rs 9000 crore, Kargil-Zanskar-Leh Road (Rs 4000 crore), two-laning of Srinagar-Shopian-Qazigund Road (Rs 1800 crore), four and two-laning of Jammu-Akhnoor-Poonch Road (Rs 5100 crore), construction of tunnels at Lachulunga Pass and Tanglang Pass on Manali-Leh section (Rs 5000 crore), upgrading Srinagar-Uri-LoC Road, double-laning of Srinagar-Leh Road via Kargil and Uri-Kaman Post (LoC) at a cost of Rs 233 crore and Chenani-Sudhmahadev-Khilani Road with tunnel at a cost of Rs 2100 crore. He said construction of tunnels of Mughal Road and Kishtwar-Sinthan-Anantnag road would be taken up in the State sector.
The Chief Minister also announced construction of semi-ring roads in Jammu and Srinagar cities at respective costs of Rs 1400 crore and Rs 1860 crore.
Under the development package, fund allocations have been kept for double-laning of Batote-Sinthan-Kishtwar-Anantnag Road at a cost of Rs 130 crore.
In health sector, the Chief Minister stated that two AIIMS will be constructed at a cost of Rs 2000 crore each while as Rs 900 crore will be spent on upgrading District and Sub-District Hospitals and PHCs.
Highlighting the huge potential of the state in new and renewable energy, Mufti Sayeed said two pilot projects of 20 MW each for Leh and Kargil will be started to harness solar power potential. He said this will just be a modest beginning since the state has a potential of generating 1 lakh MW solar power. “Rs 100 crore has also been provided for solid off grid home systems and solar street lighting in the state,” he added.
The Chief Minister also thanked the Centre for keeping an allocation of Rs 2350 crore for installation of small hydropower projects and Rs 3790 crore for augmentation of power infrastructure and distribution systems.
In order to fully tap the tourism potential of the state, the Chief Minister said the Centre has announced Rs 2000 crore package. This will be besides the Rs 100 crore which has been kept for restoration of flood-damaged tourism infrastructure.
To upgrade infrastructure in cities and towns, an extensive allocation has been made in Housing & Urban Development Sector, with Rs 744 crore to be spent under AMRUT, Rs 193 crore under Swach Bharat and Rs 500 crore Smart Cities. “The state’s liability of Rs 163 crore under erstwhile JNNURM will also be released under the package,” he revealed.
Describing the rehabilitation of PoK and Chhamb refugees as a huge step, the Chief Minister said it has happened for the first time that Rs 2000 crore will be spent to ameliorate their sufferings He said the package will also takes care of Kashmiri migrants for whom 3000 jobs will be created, besides enhancing intake capacity at different transit accommodations set in Kashmir.
Replying to a question on West Pakistan refugees, Mufti Sayeed described this as a humanitarian issue and added that the government will look into their problems.
On a specific question asked on PDP’s alliance with BJP, Mufti Sayeed said everybody is free to express views in his party. “Dissent is the essence of democracy. Everybody has a right to express his/her views,” he stated.
Responding to another query, the Chief Minister praised PDP President, Mehbooba Mufti for tirelessly working in the field and strengthening the party base. “Consolidation of the party base is not because of me but Mehbooba as I find very little time for party affairs,” he said and added Mehbooba is a grassroots leader.
Mufti Sayeed also stated that his government will hold elections to local self-government institutions so that people at the grassroots level are fully empowered.
HIGHLIGHTS OF PM’s RECONSTRUCTION PLAN
- Assistance for flood damaged houses Rs 1200 cr
- Assistance for traders Rs 800 cr
- AIIMs Rs 4000 cr
- District, Sub-District Hospitals, PHCs Rs 900 cr
- IIM Rs 1000 cr
- IIT Rs 1000 cr
- Tourism Development Rs 2000 cr
- High-tech Security systems Rs 500 cr
- Ring Roads for Jammu, Srinagar Rs 3200 cr
- Installation of Small Hydro Projects Rs 2000 cr
- Raising of 5 IR Battalions Rs 300 cr
- Increase in remuneration of SPOs Rs 450 cr
- Smart Cities (Srinagar & Jammu) Rs 500 cr
- Power Infrastructure augmentation Rs 3790 cr
- Equity for Pakul Dul Rs 4153 cr
- Counterpart funding for EAPs Rs 1278 cr
- Projects under Bharat Mala Rs 2700 cr
- Zojila Tunnel Rs 9090 cr
- Converting WB loan into grant Rs 1350 cr
- Horticulture Development Rs 500 cr
- One time monetary compensation to families from PoK and Chamb Rs 2000 cr
- Srinagar-Banihal Road Rs 735 cr
- Jammu-Akhnoor-Poonch road Rs 5100 cr
- Srinagar-Shopian-Qazigund road Rs 1800 cr
- Kargil-Zanskar road Rs 4200 cr