Srinagar: The Centre-funded projects under Prime Minister Development Package (PMDP) which were languishing or were being executed at a snail’s pace are witnessing tremendous progress since 2019.
Of the total 53 projects sanctioned for Rs 58,477 crore under the PMDP, 29 projects have already been completed or substantially completed. Among these projects, 18 projects are under the jurisdiction of the Government of India and 35 under the Government of J&K.
As per official details, twelve more projects will be completed during the current financial year and another six projects are likely to be completed by end of 2023.
The Centre is providing unstinting support in accelerating the pace of development in Jammu and Kashmir which has resulted in the rapid transformation of the entire Union Territory on all fronts.
The transformation in each sector has brought economic stability, enabling the UT to march toward a golden future as the government is making every effort to ensure that the benefits of development reach all sections of society.
According to officials, from 2015 to 2020, only 7 projects were completed out of 53 but in the last two years over 22 projects have been fully/substantially completed. According to a parliamentary committee report, the J&K Government has informed the panel that as of December 2019, around 46 percent of funds have been spent under the package while seven projects have already been completed.
The PM’s package was announced on 7 November 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi involving an outlay of Rs. 80,068 crore. The Reconstruction Plan essentially rests on five Pillars- Humanitarian Relief, Crisis Management, Social Infrastructure Development Projects and Economic Infrastructure.
The Reconstruction Plan aims at expanding economic infrastructure, expanding the provision of basic services, provide thrust to employment and income generation, and providing relief and rehabilitation to the victims of the September 2014 floods, and strengthening the Disaster Management Framework of the J&K.
This involves humanitarian relief to the affected families of September 2014, floods in the form of enhanced ex-gratia relief for reconstruction of houses; assistance for rehabilitation of livelihoods in the form of interest subvention for traders, self-employed, business establishments, and a Rehabilitation Package for one-time settlement of displaced persons of PoK and Chhamb and provision of transit accommodation and additional jobs for the Kashmiri migrants.
Similarly, the crisis management component which costs Rs 5858 crore, includes undertaking a Comprehensive Flood Control Project for River Jhelum and its tributaries including dredging and de-silting; assistance for permanent restoration of damaged public infrastructure assets; assistance under World Bank-assisted Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery project; strengthening the Disaster Management Framework in the State, including setting up of EOCs and allied infrastructure.
In the social infrastructure component creation of two AIIMs like institutions for health care in J&K; stepping up of support for the creation of infrastructure in District Hospitals; Sub District hospitals and PHCs was decided beside the establishment of IIM, Jammu; IIT Jammu; 1,00,000 youth to be trained for self-employment and wage employment placement linked skilled training under HIMAYAT scheme; construction of indoor and outdoor stadiums to encourage sports persons and to increase the economic activity in the region.
The fourth component involves action on projects in sectors relating to tourism, agriculture, horticulture, and urban development and funding for externally aided projects.
The Economic Infrastructure component includes taking up major projects in sectors such as Power, Road, Transport and Highways, Urban Development such as Pakal Dul HEP, Srinagar-Leh 220 KV Transmission line; two Pilot Solar Power projects in Leh and Kargil; funds for the Power sector Reforms; funds for augmentation of T&D System; preparation of DPRs and implementation/installation of Small Hydro Projects, four-laning and improvement of different sections of Jammu-Srinagar Highway; five projects for improving road Connectivity in the State under Bharat Mala; Improving Urban infrastructure in the Capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar.