Jammu Gets Rs105 Cr Plan

Jammu Gets Rs105 Cr Plan

22 July 2012
Greater Kashmir


Jammu: Underscoring the comprehensive planning as an important aspect in the equitable and holistic development of the State, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Sunday said that State Planning Board, being constituted this year would address all issues pertaining to the development demands across the State. Chairing the Jammu District Development Board meeting here today, the Chief Minister approved Rs 105.62 crore Plan for the District for 2012-13. The Chief Minister said that the management of planning and allocation of suitable funds to all areas across the State in accordance with the public demand is an uphill task in a State like Jammu and Kashmir where the indigenous income is meagre and losses on supply of electricity amount to about Rs 2500 crore annually. On the development of Jammu, Omar Abdullah said that Rs. 35 crore have been spent on macadamization of Jammu city roads last year while Rs. 20 crore were spent on black topping of rural roads. He said as many as 200 roads have been upgraded last year while 257 roads are being black topped this year. He said Rs. 50 crore is being incurred on macadamization of roads in the district this year. He said that arrangements of funds for Jammu circular road are being worked out. He said under PMGSY 20 new schemes are being taken up in hand. Omar said that work on artificial lake and 4th bridge on river Tawi is going on apace adding that 4th bridge is likely to be completed in November-December this year. The Chief Minister said that Rs. 500 crore-project for providing safe drinking water to greater Jammu by utilizing Chenab water is being negotiated with Asian Development Bank. “We have received positive indication from the Bank in this regard”, he said adding that DPR for the project will be prepared and preferred to the Bank for finances. He said STP at Baghwati Nagar is likely this year adding that Rs. 10 crores were spent on the upgradation of drainage system in the district during the last year. The Chief Minister said that his government has provided more power to the consumers in Jammu this year as compared to the last year. “However, the degree of satisfaction among consumers does not appear to correlate with the enhancement made in power supply”, he said asking the Power Development Department to look into this aspect and take appropriate measures to mitigate the difficulties of people.