‘20 projects completed or nearing completion’
By: Ibni Maqbool
Srinagar: The latest status report of the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) for Jammu & Kashmir reveals that 13 projects are expected to be completed this year.
Of these 13 projects, nine are executed by state agencies and four by central agencies, documents accessed by The Precious Kashmir reveal.
“20 projects completed or nearing completion (Government of India – 7, Government of Jammu and Kashmir – 13). 13 projects to be completed this year (Government of India- 4, Government of Jammu and Kashmir- 9),” read the status report of the infrastructure development package announced by Union Government in 2015 when PDP and BJP were sharing power in the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir.
The development package comprising of 63 projects was announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a public rally in Srinagar on November 7, 2015 for reconstruction of infrastructure hit by devastating floods of 2014 and building new infrastructure in different sectors like road, power, health, education, tourism, agriculture etc.
The Rs 80068 crore package is spread over five components: 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).
Out of 63 projects approved under the package, 54 are being implemented in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir at a cost of Rs 58,627crore and the remaining nine in the Union Territory of Ladakh with an outlay of Rs 21,441 crore.
As already reported by this newspaper, one project in J&K was delinked earlier this year from the package on the advice of the defence ministry.
The relocation of 216 transit camp of the Army in Srinagar was dropped from the package after the defence ministry sought its delinking from the PMDP, citing that it is exclusively funded from the Army budget.