At a time when Peoples Democratic Party – Bhartiya Janata Party coalition government is about to complete three years in office, people in Rajouri district are still awaiting sanction for much needed major development projects which were expected to commence soon after present dispensation assumed the charge.
"Construction of roads, bridges and other infrastructure is a routine development which continues in every government but major developmental projects change the developmental phase of any area but except a few, such projects are still awaited in Rajouri district," said a group of residents.
They termed Khawas – Kotranka road project as one of such major development projects which would transform the area." Although a number of road projects are going on in the district but that comes under routine developmental activities," they added.
They questioned approach of the state government towards major developmental projects for Rajouri which can push the developmental stage of a Rajouri to a new level and many such projects were even promised by ruling party leaders before elections.
"Circular road in Rajouri town, project to remove existing pipelines of PHE with fresh pipes, garbage recycling plant for municipal corporation for Rajouri town, double laning of Thanamandi road, mini secretariat, Trauma Hospital, garbage recycling plants, solar power station, multiple parking slots in all the towns of the district, water filtration plants in all the towns are some of these major developmental projects which are urgently needed in the district to cope up with the developmental thrust of 21st century " experts said.
They however added that, unfortunately, most of these projects are yet to see light of the day.
"A number of major projects have been started in other cities of state, including flyover at Bikram Chowk Jammu, Mother Hospital Gandhi Nagar but such needed major development projects in Rajouri are yet to see light of the day " they added.
" Sitting legislators of Rajouri district, who happen to be from ruling parties, should come clear on their vision towards these major developmental projects," said a local, Aslam Ahmed.
Pertinently, Rajouri district is divided in four assembly segments district has 100% representations of ruling parties. The legislators include PDP's Qamar Hussain from Rajouri, PDP's Zulfkar Ali from Darhal, BJPs Abdul Ghani Kohli from Kalakote and BJPs Ravinder Raina from Nowshera.
Besides, ruling parties also have two members in upper house from Rajouri district. They include BJP MLC Vibodh Gupta and PDP MLC Surinder Chowdhary whereas MoS Kuldeep Raj Gupta is also from Rajouri town.
When concerned government officers were contacted for their comments upon any of these projects they informed that a project estimated to cost Rs 580 lakhs for construction of road from new Abdullah bridge to district court has been prepared on the instructions of the district development commissioner. However, the sanction is awaited.
Commenting on the project related to replacement of old pipes of water supply with new ones, concerned officers informed that Rs 35 crore plan for replacement of old pipes in the city has been submitted for approval and sanction is awaited.