Relocation of Army’s transit camp no more part of PM’s mega development package for J&K
By: Ibni Maqbool
Srinagar: The Government of India has delinked a defence ministry project from the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) for Jammu and Kashmir on the advice of the defence ministry.
The latest status report on the PMDP reveals that the project-relocation of 216 transit camp of the Army-has been dropped from the development package announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 7, 2015.
The project was one of the 68 projects, which formed PMDP involving overall outlay of Rs 80068 crore.
It was reported in the month of April this year that the defence ministry is pushing for delinking of the project from the PMDP. “The project is funded exclusively out of the Army Budget, the MoD is of the view to delink it from the PMDP,” read the earlier status report of the PMDP.
The shifting of 216 transit camp located opposite to Army’s 15 corps headquarters at Badami Bagh here to Old Airport was part of the PMDP. The proposal for shifting of the camp was mooted after devastating floods of 2014.
Under the PMDP, Rs 150 crore were earmarked for relocation of the camp.
According to the previous status report, the revised DPR of the project was submitted to the Ministry of Defence for approval.
“Transit Camp to be relocated to Old Airport for which DPR revised at Rs 128.35 crore for which approval (is) awaited from MOD,” read the previous status report.
It also revealed that Rs 107 crore has been released for the project but no expenditure has been made out till date.
The Rs 80068 crore package comprises of five components including humanitarian relief (Rs 6313 crore), crisis management (Rs 5858 crore), social infrastructure (Rs 8057 crore), development projects (Rs 5521 crore) and economic infrastructure (Rs 54319 crore).