Centre committed towards equitable development of J&K: PC

The Centre is committed for balanced development of all the 3 regions -- Kashmir, Ladakh and Jammu.

Kargil: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Sunday said the Centre was committed towards equitable and balanced development of all the three regions of
Jammu and Kashmir.

"The Centre is committed to support Jammu and Kashmir for balanced development of its all the three regions -- Kashmir, Ladakh and Jammu," he said during a review meeting here.

A Task Force Committee nominated to take stock of construction of basic infrastructure in Ladakh, which was devastated by cloudburst and flash floods in the month of
August, is scheduled to visit the region shortly, an official release quoted the Home Minister as saying.

The Committee would also interact with cross sections of society to gather information about the problem being faced by the people, Chidambaram said.

The Home Minister assured of all support by the Centre for speedy development of the Ladakh region.

During the meeting, chief executive councillor of Kargil Autonomous Hill Development Council Kachoo Ahmad Ali Khan demanded construction of a tunnel on Zojila Pass along the 434-km Srinagar-Leh National Highway to keep Ladakh region connected with rest of the state throughout the year, the release said.

He also demanded expansion of Kargil Airport, renovation of Kargil-Zanskar National Highway, joining Drass river with Suru river and several other facilities for the betterment of the district, it said.

Later, Chidambaram inspected Rs 40 crore Council Infrastructure project, Rs 3.72 crore tourist facilitation centre and Rs 2.40 crore Sports Stadium in Kargil, the release said.


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