On 30th September 2020, Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State(MoS) (Independent Charge), Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space inaugurated 23 roads and bridges projects worth Rs.73 Crore in Kathua, Doda, Udhampur and Reasi of Jammu region over a virtual platform. He also informed that around 1150 kilometres of roads built in this fiscal till date
About the Projects:
i.These 23 projects include 15 roads which are built under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) for all weather connectivity and 8 bridges to provide better connectivity to the people.
ii.The projects of 111 kilometers(km) will benefit around 35000 people of the jammu region.
iii.The highest railway bridge in the world of height 359 meters (35 meters taller than the Eiffel tower of Paris, France) is being constructed above the Chenab river in the Reasi District.
i.Union Minister of State Jitendra Singh urged the officials to work within the timeline and speed up the acquisition of land and forest clearance on the basis of priority to enable a seamless development works.
ii.Prioritising the needs of the people, he insisted to dedicate the completed projects to the people without formal inauguration.
iii.He also assured that the government is committed to complete all the development projects which were started in the past 6 years.
iv.He stated that around two-third of the PMGSY funds were allotted for the hilly terrain of Udhampur, Kathua and Doda and Rs.3884 of the PMGSY fund of Rs 4175 were also allotted for these 3 regions.
Recent Related News:
i.On 24th June 2020, Union Minister of State (MoS) (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space Jitendra Singh inaugurated Jammu and Kashmir’s “Puneja Bridge” in Doda district and “Devika Bridge” in Udhampur district over a virtual platform.
ii.On July 9, 2020, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated six strategic bridges in the border areas close to the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) through video conferencing from New Delhi. These were built in a record time by the Project Sampark of Border Road Organisation (BRO).
About Jammu & Kashmir:
Governor– Manoj Sinha
National Parks– City Forest (Salim Ali) National Park, Dachigam National Park, Kishtwar National Park