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GoI development projects move at a snail’s pace in Kashmir, but are fast tracked in Jammu

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Srinagar: Under Governor’s rule the central government commanded and controlled by BJP has fast tracked mega developmental projects discriminately in Jammu and let it go on a slow pace in Kashmir valley as the central teams are frequently tripping to Jammu to oversee the progress on key mega developmental projects kick started by the previous Mehbooba Mufti led PDP-BJP coalition government.

Sources disclosed to KNS that in Jammu the work on smart city project has been fast paced during last three months and joint secretary highways is scheduled to visit Jammu on Friday to review the progress on smart city project with the top state government officials in Jammu.

The Joint Secretary Highways, sources said, is also scheduled to visit Nashri and Chenani for reviewing the progress on Srinagar Jammu highway but is not coming to Kashmir to visit the pace of work on Jammu-Srinagar highway between Qazigund to Ramban.

Interestingly the work on Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh Srinagar flyover is not nearing completion even after four years, but on the contrary the Bikam Chowk flyover in Jammu the work on which was started in the same time as the Srinagar flyover is operational for the last one year.

On many occasions in the past when even Mehbooba led government was in place many deadlines were fixed for completion of Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover but every time deadline is extended and the slow pace of work goes on.

In June this year, the BJP president Amit Shah during his first visit to Jammu after the fall of Mehbooba Mufti government told the press that Mehbooba’s government had ignored Jammu in distribution and execution of developmental projects in the state.

Interestingly, Home Minister of India, Rajnath Singh who recently visited Jammu to inaugurate two smart border fence projects in Jammu skipped the visit to Srinagar, and instead appealed to Kashmir’s regional political parties for their participation in Municipal and Panchayat elections from his address in Jammu.

 

(With inputs from KNS)


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