2017 will be year of infrastructure development, says Mehbooba Mufti
In bid to give connectivity in J&K a push, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday laid foundation of several road up-gradation and widening projects valuing around Rs 60 crore in Baramulla and Bandipora districts.
The Chief Minister laid foundation of widening and up-gradation of 15-km Hygam-Tarzoo-Sopore road at Hygam. "To be built at a cost of Rs. 14.15 crore, the two-lane road would have a carriageway of around four meters metres. The road project would also include Choora-Wagub road stretch and touch Sopore bypass at Chanakhan, thereby giving the catchment areas an improved access to Sopore town and Highway," an official spokesman said.
Interacting with locals, the Chief Minister hoped the coming season would be a year of infrastructure development in the State. She said many road and tunnel projects have been planned for execution in the State which would not only connect areas and people but also bring about a "substantial economic turnaround" to these areas and people.
Mehbooba said the Government has flagged sectors like infrastructure development, tourism and horticulture as thrust areas which can get the local economy a boost and help in tiding over the problem of unemployment in the State. She said Tarzoo-Hygam area is a famous attraction for bird watchers and nature-lovers and her Government wants to tap the potential by formulating a structured apparatus for the area. With the completion of the road project, she said, the tourism potential of the area would get a boost besides giving locals an improved connect to the highway.
Minister for Horticulture, Syed Basharat Bukhari, Minister for PWD, Naeem Akhtar besides senior officers of divisional and district administration and a large number of people were present on the occasion.
At Sopore, Mehbooba laid foundation of widening and up-gradation of 10-km-long Ladoora-Achabal road being executed at a cost of Rs 17.11 crore. Legislators Haji Abdul Rasheed and Yawar Dillawar Mir were present.
"People in large numbers met the Chief Minister and brought several of their problems into her notice, demanding augmentation of drinking water supply in the town, completion of work on Sub District Hospital, Sopore and relocating Girls Higher Secondary School to an appropriate spacious place. The Chief Minister listened to the demands put forth and assured to look into them," the spokesman said.
Mehbooba also laid foundation of up-gradation of Sopore-Shiva road at Dangarpora. "The 24-km-long stretch of road would be constructed at a cost of Rs 17.65 crore," the spokesman said. Later, the Chief Minister visited Bandipora and laid foundation of 13.20-km-long Bandipora-Arin-Nadihal road which would be executed at a cost of Rs 10.56 crore. The project is expected to be completed next year. The road project, on completion, would benefit 32 thousand souls of 12 villages of the catchment areas, the spokesman said.
Mehbooba also inaugurated the newly constructed Conference Hall at DC office Complex built at over a cost of Rs. 4.45 crore.
Meanwhile, Mehbooba laid foundation of two hostels and a Community Hall in Baramulla besides the Currency Chest of JK Bank during her visit to the town on Sunday.
The Chief Minister laid foundation of a hostel at Girls Higher Secondary School, Baramulla which would be built over a cost of Rs 3.06 crore, the spokesman said.
Mehbooba directed the project to be completed by the end of this year. She expressed concern over the waterlogging of internal road and condition of some buildings in the campus. She directed the administration to take immediate steps for face-lifting and other renovation works on these buildings.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister directed introduction of Commerce and Home Science streams at the school to further broaden the subject choice of the students of catchment areas. Minister for Education, Syed Altaf Bukhari informed the Chief Minister that Rs 1 crore has already been earmarked for various restoration works at the school which would be taken up at the earliest.
Earlier, the Chief Minister laid the foundation of Janbaz Wali Community Hall to be built over a cost of Rs. 7.45 crore in the middle of the town. On completion, the Community Hall would provide facilities of assembly in the midst of the town to local people, addressing their long pending demand.
Mehbooba also laid the foundation of Gujjar & Bakerwal Hostel at Khawaja Bagh with an intake capacity of 100 beds. Being built at a cost of Rs. 3.26 crore the hostel is expected to be completed by next January.
During the visit, the Chief Minister also inaugurated Currency Chest of JK Bank at Kanispora. Built over a cost of Rs. seven crore, the Chest would be making cash available to the 88 business units across the district.