SRI NAGAR: In his maiden visit to Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday proposed a common development model for the Himalayan states, including Jammu and Kashmir, adding that they have the same set of problems and diverse opportunities.
“Unique environment-friendly infrastructural development will be promoted in the Himalayan states,” the Prime Minister said, maintaining that development should focus on promotion and protection of ecological balance.
During his visit, the Prime Minister also inaugurated the 240 MW Uri-II Hydro Electric Project near the Line of Control (LoC) in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
The project has been built by NHPC at a cost of `2,290 crore.
The MoU was signed between the Centre, State and the Ministry of Power in July, 2000 when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was in power.
“The project was conceived during the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and we have fulfilled his vision,” Narendra Modi said.
“My government has laid stress on environment-friendly energy, of which hydro power is an important constituent,” the Prime Minister said.
He further added, “Renewable energy, including hydro power, is developing as an alternative to thermal power.”
During his address Narendra Modi also favoured the Public Private Partnership model (PPP model) to improve power infrastructure in the country.
Narendra Modi also announced the upgradation of the local Kendraya Vidalya from High School to Higher Secondary School.
The Prime Minister later departed for New Delhi.