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Metro Rail Project in J&K to be approved by next week: Puri

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Says LPG pipeline for J&K will be given top priority

Jammu: Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Housing & Urban Development, Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday said that the Metro Rail Project in J&K will be approved by next week and that the demand of LPG pipeline for J&K will also be given a top priority by the government.

He said this while e-inaugurating and laying e-foundation stones of many development projects of Jammu city at Convention Centre, Jammu.

As part of ongoing ‘Public Outreach Programme’ in J&K, Puri said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development model emphasises that the benefits of every centrally-sponsored scheme should reach directly to the beneficiaries be that of the Ujjwala Yojana, Ayushman Bharat, PM Awas Yojana or others.

Praising the Prime Minister for his steps taken vis-a-vis Swachhta Abhiyan in the country, Puri said that the PM had emphasised from the ramparts of Red Fort in 2014 that it would be a great tribute to the Father of Nation if India becomes Open Defecation Free (ODF) on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

The Minister, as per an official handout, mentioned that the same is happening today when the country has achieved almost all the physical targets under ODF by constructing the individual household toilets, public toilets, community toilets and J&K is one among those ODF States/UTs which is a matter of pride for us.

Puri also said that the success behind implementation of Swachhta Abhiyan in almost every part of the country is that the programme was not restricted to only government quarters but was made a ‘Jan Andolan’ under PM Modi.

The Minister also said that after the abrogation of Article 370, the development projects that were languishing from years in J&K, have been taken up and many have been completed in these years. He further mentioned that the development paradigms have now changed in J&K which is evident from the fact that the development works have achieved a pace under the new administration and are now completed within a timeline in J&K.

On the occasion, the minister distributed assistance to beneficiaries under various government schemes – PMAY, MUMKIN, Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM), Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), PM Ujjwala and PM Svanidhi (Street Vendor Card Distribution).

Puri also e-inaugurated 800 LPM oxygen generation plant at Government Hospital, Sarwal, Jammu; Integrated Solid Waste Management System in 78 ULBs, Façade Lighting &Illumination of Bahu Fort, 164 KLD Septage Treatment Plant at Bhagwati Nagar, Revamping of Urban Infrastructure in 76 ULBs. The Minister also laid e-foundation stone of Facade Lighting at four Tawi Bridges &Construction of R.C.C Nallah & Development of Park (phase-II) in lower Roop Nagar.

Jugal Kishore Sharma, Member of Parliament from Jammu said that after Narendra Modi took oath as the PM of India, many new schemes and programmes have been launched for the welfare of the people.

He also said “a new dawn of development has been set in J&K after the abrogation of Article 370 which is evident from the fact that the benefits of schemes & programmes are reaching to its actual beneficiaries.”

Earlier, Union Minister chaired a meeting to review the implementation of flagship schemes and initiatives taken by Housing and Urban development Department for implementation of these schemes.

Principal Secretary, HUDD Dheeraj Gupta, during the power point presentation, apprised the minister regarding the flagship schemes including AMRUT, SBM(U), Smart Cities Mission, PMAY-U, PM-SVANidhi.

The minister was informed that there are total 62 projects have been completed out of 83 projects under AMRUT and other 21 projects are going to be completed soon. Under Swachh Bharat Mission 51246 individual household toilets have been constructed so far.  Under PMAY –U, more than 55 thousand houses have been sanctioned and 11 thousand houses have already been completed.

It was further informed that there are 133 projects under Jammu Smart City out of which 35 stands completed and 45 are in process where as Srinagar Smart City has 137 projects out of which 42 have been completed and 33 are in progress. Under PM- SVANidhi 14311 cases were sanctioned and 13311 cases have been disbursed.

The minister stressed on the concerned authorities to take all possible measures to accelerate the pace of various ongoing works on different projects for their time-bound completion. He emphasized on completion of all the pending works on priority so that the aspirations of the public are met.

The minister also exhorted for mobilizing men and machinery for completing the projects in stipulated time frame besides urged to ensure productive and fruitful utilization of the available resources.

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