Major projects in Jammu neglected: JCCI

Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) has threaten to launch agitation against what they called the “deliberate bureaucratic hurdles” being created in implementing several developmental projects in Jammu.

“The traders are worst sufferers in the state due to intentional and deliberate inaction by some ‘corrupt officers’ in the administration vis-a-vis implementing the already sanction projects in Jammu,” JCCI president Rakesh Gupta alleged.

He said the chamber in this regard has sent a formal communication to the Governor.

“We served week’s ultimatum for conducting a high-level meeting, failing which the Chamber and the civil society shall be left with no option but to launch agitation for justice,” he informed.

“Not only common people, the business community also has been facing heavy losses because of the ban imposed on civil traffic on the highway for last many days,” Gupta said.

He said JCCI did not react earlier in view the movement of the security forces in connection with the Lok Sabha elections. “But now, the election is over and such restriction should be immediately lifted,” he said.

He claimed that the projects under Prime Ministers Development Package for J&K have been totally neglected and DPRs have not been submitted resulting in laps of Rs 1600 crore.

“We would also question the intentions of the state administration regarding Zero Tourism Promotion Policy for Jammu, a glaring example of which is non-participation of J&K Tourism Department in the biggest travel event in India, The Great Indian Travel Bazaar, which was held recently,” he said.

“Industrial electricity tariff to the hotel industry was sanctioned after series of representation and meetings with the government. But it has been withdrawn because of the non-working of the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC). The same may be looked into and needful done to save the dying hotel industry,” he added.

The chamber president said report submitted by high-level committees on waiving of the state tax at Lakhanpur is gathering dust and “the tax continues to be levied on almost on all products.”

He said that many tourism related projects of Jammu province have missed deadline after deadline and “we at the chamber and in the civil society feel that these projects may never see the light of the day.”

The major projects, which he claimed have been neglected, include Mubarak Mandi Development, Artificial Lake on River Tawi, Suchetgarh Border Tourism, Bahu Gandola Project, Jamboo Zoo, Laser Musical light and sound system at Bagh-e-Bahu.