JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir government has approved an outlay of Rs 690 crore for Jammu under Capital City Plan and Rs 212 crore under District Sector Plan. The District Development Board, during a meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, approved an outlay of Rs 690 crore for Jammu under Capital City Plan and Rs 212 crore under District sector Plan, an official said.
Stressing on the need to focus on the development of capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar, Mufti said with this objective in mind she has decided to delink the development in these major cities from the district administrations by formulating a Capital City Plan for both the cities. This would ensure that the developmental work in these two cities does not remain static and gets a renewed push, the Chief Minister said.
Directing the executing agencies to strictly follow the project completion deadlines, Mufti hoped that the projects would be completed within the set time frame so that people get the benefit at the earliest. She directed the Chief Secretary to take up with NHAI the issues of providing more emergency response equipment, like ambulances, on the newly constructed Jammu-Udhampur National Highway and rehabilitation of vendors of Nandni who were removed due to road widening.
Mufti directed to increase the pace of work on the Mubarak Mandi heritage project and conservation and facelift of Raghunath Mandir and adjoining areas. The Chief Minister, who also holds the charge of the Planning and Development Department, announced release of an addition of Rs 22 crore to meet the liabilities of the current fiscal in the district.
Addressing the meeting, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said the present government has made it compulsory for the executing agencies to stick to project completion deadlines thus putting many long-pending projects on track. State Finance Minister Haseeb A Drabu described the adoption of Capital City Plan for Jammu and Srinagar cities as a systemic change in planning rather than the incremental one.