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J&K witnessing rail, road infra development, rise in tourists, says Union minister

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Jabalpur: Rapid rail and road infrastructure development has brought about positive socio-economic changes in Jammu and Kashmir, including rise in tourist footfalls, Union Minister Prahlad Patel said here on Saturday.

“Rail and road infrastructure has been expanded and strengthened in Kashmir. A record number of tourists from different parts of the country have visited Kashmir after the lifting of coronavirus lockdown curbs,” Patel told reporters on the sidelines of a Holi Milan programme here.

The Union Jal Shakti Minister said plans were afoot to enhance tap water schemes in J&K, while houses were being built at a fast pace under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana there.

Speaking on ‘The Kashmir Files’, Patel said “I had got an opportunity to visit the camps of displaced Kashmiris. I understand the pain the displaced Kashmiris underwent. I had participated in various movements to support displaced Kashmiris.”

He said now if a displaced Kashmiri Pandit sends an email to the Union government to get back possession of his property in Kashmir, the officials there get his land vacated in a short time and ensure he gets possession.

“This is the change that is being seen in J&K now,” he added.

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