PMDP: 21 projects completed in J-K, 9 to be completed by this financial year

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Around 21 major projects have been completed or substantially completed in Jammu and Kashmir under Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) while nine projects are likely to be completed by this financial year, the official government data revealed on Friday.

The data suggests that the expenditure in Jammu and Kashmir has reached upto Rs.34,653 crore ending October 2021.

As per the date, the J&K also has achieved 100% household electrification under Saubhagya scheme before the target date and 3,57,405 beneficiaries have been covered.

“Government has also embarked on path of smart metering and around 20 Lakh consumers shall be covered under Smart Metering Programme. As of now, the Installation of two Lakh meters is already under way and installation of another six lakh is being finalized under Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme,” as per the data.

The administration has also said that it committed to increase power generation of J&K as the UT is vast potential for Hydroelectricity.

“Power projects with 3500 MW capacity are going to solve most of the power woes in Jammu and Kashmir,” the date revealed.

According to the data, all the rural Anganwari centres, schools and health institutions in J&K have been provided with functional tap water connections.

“It is worthwhile to note that two districts, Srinagar and Ganderbal have provided 100% functional tap water connection to all households. UT is targeting provision of 100% functional tap water connection to all households by 15th August 2022,” the data revealed.

Also to provide good all-weather road connectivity to unconnected Habitations, all habitations over 1000 population (as per 2011 census) have been provided road connectivity and the habitations with 500 population will be provided roads by ending 2022.

“In respect of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana(PMGSY), J&K has moved in overall ranking in the country from 9th place in 2016-17 to 3rd position in 2020-21. Dedicated policy for maintenance of road infrastructure has been approved by UT government during 2021-22. Defect Liability Period (DLP) of 3 years has been made mandatory wherein the contractor associated with the project has to maintain the road during the DLP and the contractor has been made liable for the same,” the data revealed.

According to the government data a significant improvement has been achieved in the status of National Highway-44 thereby reducing the time from 10 hours to 6 hours, owing to opening of Navyug Tunnel and completion of different stretches under the four laning of NH-44 project.

“To provide livelihood opportunities to weaker sections of society, 21000 Certificates of Vending (CoV) have been issues by government to street vendors under Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014, giving them assured right of vending at specified places without any hindrance,” the data revealed.

Further for the cleaning and restoration of Dal Lake, massive cleaning operation of Dal Lake has been started and as a result, more than 10 sq. Kms. of area has been cleared of weed both manually well as mechanical means. The Committee of Experts constituted by Hon’ble High Court of J&K recommended that LAWDA will engage DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) for design, development, manufacture, transport and commissioning of Lake Cleaning Machines in Dal Lake.

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