Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister, will go to Jammu and Kashmir to be a part of the celebrations for National Panchayati Raj Day. He will also address Gram Sabhas across the country. In a statement, the Prime Minister’s Office said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Rs 20,000 crore worth of development projects in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. In 2019, Article 370 was effectively abolished. This will be his first trip to Jammu and Kashmir since then.
The statement said that the projects being inaugurated and whose foundation stone is being laid during this visit will go a long way in facilitating the provision of basic amenities, ensuring ease of mobility, and the development of infrastructure in the region.
Inauguration of the Banihal-Qazigund road tunnel, the statement said. Built at a cost of over 3,100 crores, the 8.45-km-long tunnel will reduce the road distance between Banihal and Qazigund by 16km, which will help in reducing the journey time by around one and a half hours.
Then they have the Amrit Sarovar initiative to develop and rejuvenate 75 water bodies in every district of the country. The project is part of the government’s Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav campaign to mark 75 years of the country’s independence.
A statement said Palli Panchayat in the district of Samba is the first carbon-neutral panchayat in India. On his visit, he will also open a 500 KW solar power plant and make it carbon-neutral.
Ahead of the visit, which follows an encounter near the Sunjuwan military station in Jammu on Friday, security has been stepped up in the Samba district. An attempt by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad to carry out a suicide attack was foiled after two terrorists were killed. An assistant sub-inspector of the Central Industrial Security Force was also killed in the pre-dawn shootout. Ten security officers were also hurt.
Senior officials say that the Palli Panchayat, which is 17 kilometers from Jammu city, has been almost completely closed off by local police and paramilitary forces, like the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
“The visit of the PM is historic and unprecedented, where he will address the people of J & K along with all the Gram Sabhas across the country.” On this occasion, the PM will lead J&K into a new era of development.
“The ground-breaking ceremony of Rs 38,082 crore industrial development proposals will be held in the presence of eminent industrialists of the country and abroad,” Jammu and Kashmir lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha expressed gratitude to the PM.
Published by: Aditya Negi
Edited by: Khushi Thakur