Jammu: Opposition National Conference on Friday sought paradigm shift in developmental process and emphasised the need for devising separate plans for rural and urban pockets of the Jammu districts.
"We seek paradigm shift in developmental process and emphasised the need for devising separate plans for rural and urban pockets of the Jammu districts in view of semi urban areas lagging in development", NC provincial president Devender Singh Rana said here today.
"While we believe in equal opportunities of progress and development for all the regions and their sub regions but priority has to be accorded to such of the areas which continue to be lagging behind in development", Rana said while participating in the day-long proceedings of Jammu District Development Board here, presided over by the Chief Minister.
In this context, Rana referred to the Nagrota Assembly Constituency and said that despite being close to the winter capital, development has remained a distant dream.
He said the area has huge potential to grow as residential, commercial, tourism and economic hub as part of Greater Jammu.
"With all the positives, Nagrota is craving for getting transformed as Gurgaon or Noida in Delhi and emerge like Vashi did as Navi Mumbai. Nagrota has all the ingredients of becoming Nava Jammu".
"This can be vision of a humble legislator but transforming it into reality has to be a collective effort, irrespective of party affiliations. After all, Greater Jammu should be a mission for us all. I can just be a facilitator", he maintained.
Rana also urged the government to notify the Jammu Master Plan and the Deputy Chief Minister assured that this will be put in public domain soon.
In a detailed presentation to the Board, the MLA Nagrota unfolded his vision of transforming the Constituency as Nava Jammu, owing to its strategic location on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway and closeness with the winter capital.
"I have nurtured a humble vision to transform Nagrota as a vibrant extension of the Greater Jammu and translating this into reality to should a mission for all, irrespective of party affiliation", he maintained.
He said making Nagrota a proud addendum to the larger capital city is a big challenge, which can't be met without support of all.