To review dev programs during Kashmir visit

Will Chair Meeting Of State Council Of Ministers In Srinagar


Srinagar, June 21: Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh would review execution of development programs including centrally sponsored schemes in Jammu and Kashmir during his 2-day visit to the State later this month, sources said.
Along with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Dr Singh will arrive in the State on June 25 to lay the foundation stone of a power project in Kishtwar district, release a stamp on renowned Kashmiri poet Mehjoor and inaugurate Pir Panchal Railway Tunnel in Banihal.
Sources said in the afternoon of June 25, Dr Singh would chair a meeting of the State Council of Ministers headed by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah here at SKICC where he would review the development projects including Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Program. Sonia Gandhi will co-chair the meeting.
Sources said in the meeting the Chief Minister was likely to make a detailed presentation of the development works going on in the State.
In this regard, some departments have already been asked to make preparations for the CM’s presentation, sources said. They said the Chief Minister would also take the opportunity to project the demands for continuation of development works in JK.
“Since the Prime Minister is chairing the meeting of Council of Ministers, it will be related to governance and functioning,” said a senior Cabinet Minister.
Ahead of the meeting, Dr Singh and Sonia Gandhi will release a stamp on Mehjoor at the SKICC.
Both the leaders will later meet some delegations including State Congress leaders.
The State Cabinet, which met today here under the Chairmanship of Omar, discussed the upcoming visit of Dr Singh and Sonia Gandhi.
They are scheduled to start their visit by laying foundation stone of 850-MW Rattle power project in Kishtwar district on the morning of June 25.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah along with some ministers and local MLAs would receive the PM and Sonia Gandhi at Kishtwar.
Coming up at a cost of Rs 5517.02 crore on Chenab in Drabshala in Kishtwar, Ratle would be built by GVK Power Infrastructure Limited on BOOT (Built, Own, Operate and Transfer) pattern.
On January 26, Dr Singh and Sonia Gandhi will fly to Banihal to inaugurate 11-kilometer Pirpanchal Railway Tunnel which would be followed by their addresses to a public meeting before flying back to New Delhi.
Built at a cost of Rs 1,300 crores, the tunnel would reduce distance between Banihal and Qazigund by 17 kms.
The tunnel is part of the 345-km Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail project of Northern Railways, which is scheduled for completion by 2018.
Sources said though Dr Singh and Sonia Gandhi were earlier scheduled to inaugurate 240 MW Uri-II power project in Baramulla district, it was done away with in the revised official schedule of their visit due to ‘some technical reasons.’
“The mandatory pre-testing of the project has got delayed and it could take some more days before the project is ready for inauguration,” said an official of the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation which owns the project. “If a snag develops in the project the inauguration can then get delayed by months,” he said.
Coming up at Rs 1724 crores, the Uri-II is estimated to generate 1123.76 MUs of energy annually from its four units of 60 MW each.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Jun 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 22 Jun 2013 00:00:00 IST

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