Jammu & Kashmir

21 hydropower projects taken up for development in JK, says GoI

The Baglihar dam on the Chenab in JK's Doda district. [Photo: ICIMOD]

Srinagar: The Government of India has taken several steps to boost the development of Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs said on Tuesday.

In a written reply to a question of Parliamentarian Kunwar Danish Ali, “What efforts are being made by the government for the all round development of JK?” India Minister of State (Home) Nityanand Rai said that various steps are being taken for the development of JK which include identification of over 26,000 posts, taking up of 21 hydropower projects, starting of international flights at Srinagar airport, etc.

“The progress of projects being implemented in the Union Territory (UT) of JK under the Prime Minister’s Development Package-2015 has been accelerated,” he said.

“53 projects pertaining to 15 Ministries are being implemented at a cost of Rs 58,477 crore in various sectors such as Roads, Power, Health, Education, Tourism, Agriculture, Skill Development, etc., out of which 25 projects have been completed/substantially completed,” Rai said.

He added that a new Central Sector Scheme has been notified on 19/02/2021 for the Industrial Development of the UT of JK, with an outlay of Rs 28,400 crore, which is likely to provide employment to over 4.5 lakh people while boosting the industrial development of JK.

“The administration of JK has approved a business revival package of Rs 1,352.99 crore on 25th September 2020,” he said.

“Under languishing projects programme, 1,193 projects worth Rs.1,984 crore were completed, including 5 projects which were incomplete for more than 20 years, 15 projects for more than 15 years, and 165 projects for more than 10 years,” he stated.

“JK has been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) under Swachh Bharat Mission. 100 percent saturation has been achieved in 17 Individual beneficiary centric schemes, including Saubhagya, Ujala, Ujjwala and Indradhanush schemes,” he added further.

“During the year 2020-21, 1,289 road construction works were completed at a cost of Rs 1,638 crore. The construction work of 14,500 km of roads has been completed so far under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna, which has connected about 2,000 places,” he said.

“Work has been taken up for setting up of one All India Institute of Medical Sciences each in JK Divisions at a cost of Rs 2,000 crore each, besides 7 other medical colleges in the UT of JK. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Jammu and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Jammu have been made functional,” Rai said.

“21 hydropower projects with an aggregate capacity of 5,186 MW have been taken up for development in next five years. An international flight from Srinagar to Sharjah has been started on 23,10,2021. In addition, night flights from Jammu and Srinagar have also been started,” he added further.

“The scope of High-Density Plantation Scheme for Apple has been expanded to include Mango, Litchi, Cherry, Walnut etc. Kashmiri Saffron has been given the Geographical Indication (GI) tag,” He stated.

“Under fast-track recruitment, 26,330 posts have been identified in various departments in JK and taken up for recruitment. Presently selection process has been completed with respect to 11,324 posts,” he said.


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