PM Modi inaugurates projects worth Rs 32,000 cr

>>Notes increase in healthcare infra

>>Flags off J&K’s first electric train

>>Inaugurates AIIMS Jammu; rail, road projects

Jammu:  Prime Minister NarendraModi arrived here on Tuesday to begin his daylong visit to J&K. He launched multiple development projects worth over Rs 32,000 crore and also distributed appointment letters to 1,748 youths.

A special aircraft carrying the Prime Minister landed at the technical area of Jammu airport around 11.40 a.m.

J&K Lt Governor Manoj Sinha, Chief Secretary AtalDulloo, DGP R.R. Swain and other senior officers received the Prime Minister at the airport.

A VVIP cavalcade carrying the Prime Minister drove to the Maulana Azad Stadium in the city where the official programmes and address to the public rally by him will take place.

L-G Sinha felicitated the PM at the stadium. The Prime Minister then launched multiple development projects for education, railways, aviation, and road sectors.

PM Modi distributed appointment letters to 1,748 J&K government recruits. Two of these were given the letters personally by the PM in the stadium. The two are — Saima Bashir from Kashmir’s Budgam district as Sub-Inspector in J&K Police, and Saurav Sharma from Jammu’s Samba as junior engineer.

He also inaugurated the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Jammu, Tuesday, marking a significant milestone in the healthcare sector of the region.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister emphasized the substantial growth in medical infrastructure, stating, “The number of Medical Colleges in J&K has increased from 4 to 12 in the last 10 years. Similarly, in the same time period, MBBS seats in J&K has more than doubled from 500 to 1300.”

He also noted the rise in PG medical seats from 0 to 650 in the last decade.

“After the commissioning of AIIMS Jammu, people of Jammu will no longer have to leave for Delhi to avail specialised medical treatment, which will help them save valuable time and resources,” he said.

The prime minister highlighted the rapid speed of transformation of infrastructure in all the sectors of the country.

He reiterated his vision of India to become Viksit Bharat by 2047 and appealed to the people to work towards that vision.

The inauguration of AIIMS Jammu is expected to bring specialized medical services closer to the people of Jammu, eliminating the need to travel to Delhi for treatment. The Prime Minister reaffirmed his commitment to the vision of a developed India by 2047, underscoring the importance of a well-developed Jammu & Kashmir in achieving this goal.

The swift completion of AIIMS Jammu within five years reflects the government’s dedication to advancing healthcare in the region. With AIIMS Jammu becoming operational, J&K now boasts several prestigious institutions, including AIIMS, IIT, and IIM, making it a unique hub of educational and healthcare excellence in the country.

The event witnessed the presence of several dignitaries, including Shri Manoj Sinha, Lieutenant Governor, Jammu & Kashmir, and Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances, and Pensions of India. The inauguration marks a significant step towards enhancing healthcare accessibility and quality in the region, aligning with the government’s commitment to comprehensive development.

AIIMS Jammu, established under the PradhanMantriSwasthyaSurakshaYojana (PMSSY), aims to provide affordable specialized medical care and elevate medical education standards in the country. With state-of-the-art facilities and a holistic approach to healthcare, AIIMS Jammu is poised to become a beacon of hope for the region and beyond.

Major boost to Education sector

In a significant step towards upgrading and developing education and skilling infrastructure across the country, the Prime Minister inaugurated, dedicated to the nation and laid the foundation stone of several projects worth about Rs 13,375 crores.

The Prime Minister dedicated to the nation permanent campus of IIT Bhilai, IIT Tirupati, IISER Tirupati, IIITDM Kurnool; academic and residential complex in IIT Patna and IIT Ropar; two permanent campuses of Central Sanskrit University – at Devprayag (Uttarakhand) and Agartala (Tripura). The Prime Minister inaugurated permanent campuses of IIM Visakhapatnam, IIM Jammu and IIM Bodh Gaya. He also inaugurated Indian Institute of Skills (IIS) – a pioneer skill training institute on advanced technologies in Kanpur.

The Prime Minister inaugurated and dedicated to the nation, improved infrastructure like hostels, academic blocs, administrative buildings, libraries, auditoriums etc in multiple higher educational institutes across the country like IIT Jammu, NIT Delhi, IIT Kharagpur, NIT Durgapur, IISER Behrampur, NIT Arunachal Pradesh, IIIT Lucknow, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, Central University of Kerala Kasaragod, among others.

The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of multiple projects for upgrading the infrastructure in several higher educational institutes across the country. These projects include the construction of the permanent campus of Sindhu Central University and IIIT Raichur; the construction of academic block, hostel, faculty quarter etc in IIT Bombay; construction of Hostel and Staff Quarter in IIT Gandhinagar, construction of Girls’ hostel in BHU, among others.

AIIMS Jammu

In a step that will provide comprehensive, quality and holistic tertiary care health services to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister inaugurated All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Vijaypur (Samba), Jammu. The institute, whose foundational stone was also laid by the Prime Minister in February 2019, is being established under the Central sector scheme PradhanMantriSwasthyaSurakshaYojana.

Established at a cost of over 1660 crore and in an area spanning over 227 acres, the hospital is equipped with facilities like 720 beds, Medical College with 125 seats, Nursing College with 60 seats, AYUSH Block with 30 beds, residential accommodation for faculty and staff, hostel accommodation for UG and PG students, Night Shelter, Guest House, Auditorium, Shopping Complex etc.  The state-of-the-art hospital will provide high-quality patient care services in 18 Specialities and 17 Super Specialities including Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Urology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Medical Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Endocrinology, Burns& Plastic Surgery. The Institute will have an Intensive Care Unit, Emergency & Trauma Unit, 20 Modular Operation Theatres, Diagnostic Laboratories, Blood Bank, Pharmacy etc. The Hospital will also leverage Digital Health Infrastructure to reach out to far-flung areas of the region.

New Terminal Building, Jammu Airport

The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for a new terminal building at Jammu Airport. To be spread over a 40,000 sqm area, the new terminal building will be equipped with modern facilities catering to about 2000 passengers during peak hours. The new terminal building will be environment friendly and will be built such that it showcases the local culture of the region. It will strengthen air connectivity, boost tourism and trade and accelerate economic growth of the region.

Rail Projects

The Prime Minister dedicated to the nation various rail projects in Jammu & Kashmir including the new rail line between Banihal-Khari-Sumber-Sangaldan (48 Km) and the newly electrified Baramulla-Srinagar-Banihal-Sangaldan section (185.66 Km). The Prime Minister also flagged off the first Electric Train in the valley and also train service between Sangaldan station &Baramulla station.

The commissioning of the Banihal-Khari-Sumber-Sangaldan section is significant as it features the usage of Ballast Less Track (BLT) all along the route providing a better riding experience to the passengers. Also, India’s longest transportation tunnel T-50 (12.77 Km) lies in this portion between Khari-Sumber. The rail projects will improve connectivity, ensure environmental sustainability and boost the overall economic development of the region.

Road Projects

During the programme, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of important road projects including two packages (44.22 KM) of Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway connecting Jammu to Katra; Phase two for four-laning of Srinagar Ring Road; five packages for upgrading the 161 km long Srinagar-Baramulla-Uri stretch of NH-01; and the construction of Kulgam Bypass &Pulwama bypass on NH-444.

The two packages of the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway, once completed will facilitate the visit of pilgrims to the holy shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi, and will also boost economic development in the region; Phase two for four-laning of Srinagar Ring Road involves upgrading the existing Sumbal-Wayul NH-1. This brownfield project of length 24.7 Km, will reduce the traffic congestion in and around Srinagar city. It will improve connectivity to popular tourist destinations like Manasbal Lake and KheerBhawani Temple, and also reduce travel time to Leh, Ladakh; The project for the upgradation of 161 km long Srinagar-Baramulla-Uri stretch of NH-01, is of strategic importance. It will also boost the economic development of Baramulla& Uri; Kulgam Bypass &Pulwama bypass on NH-444 connecting Qazigund – Kulgam – Shopian – Pulwama – Badgam – Srinagar will also boost road infrastructure in the region.

CUF Petroleum depot

The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone for a project to develop CUF (Common User Facility) Petroleum depot at Jammu. The state-of-the-art fully automated depot which will be developed at a cost of about Rs 677 crore, will have a storage capacity of about 100000 KL for storing Motor Spirit (MS), High Speed Diesel (HSD), Superior Kerosene Oil (SKO), Aviation Turbine fuel (ATF), Ethanol, Biodiesel and winter grade HSD.

Other projects

The Prime Minister also inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of several development projects worth more than Rs 3150 crores for strengthening the civic infrastructure and provisioning of public facilities across Jammu and Kashmir. The projects being inaugurated by the Prime Minister include road projects & bridges; grid stations, receiving stations transmission line Projects; Common Effluent Treatment Plants and Sewage Treatment Plants; Several Degree College buildings; Intelligent Traffic Management system in Srinagar city; Modern Narwal Fruit Mandi; Drug Testing Laboratory at Kathua; and Transit accommodation – 224 flats at Ganderbal and Kupwara. The projects whose foundation stones are being laid include development of five new Industrial Estates across Jammu and Kashmir; the Data Centre/ Disaster Recovery Centre for Integrated Command and Control Centre of Jammu Smart City; Up-gradation of Transport Nagar at Parimpora Srinagar; Up-gradation of 62 road projects and 42 bridges and project for development of transit accommodation – 2816 flats at nine locations in districts Anantnag, Kulgam, Kupwara, Shopian&Pulwama, among others.

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