Union Minister and Lok Sabha MP from Udhampur-Kathua-Doda Constituency, Dr Jitendra Singh on Tuesday launched around Rs 100 crore worth of road projects at Ghordi in Chenani Assembly segment and Basantgarh in Ramnagar Assembly segment of district Udhampur.
Out of this, an amount of around Rs. 92 crore is to be spent on widening from single lane to double lane and upgradation of crucial road from Ghordi to Udhampur and the first phase of work from KM-13 to KM-26 amounting to Rs. 40 crore began today. The importance of this much-awaited road project is that, this is believed to be an extremely accident-prone stretch and several casualties have taken place in road accidents in the past.
The other road project launched today was that of PMGSY road from Basantgarh to Kanned, which had been sanctioned much earlier but got delayed due to certain reasons. Since the helicopter could not land in Basantgarh today, the foundation stone plate for this project was also unveiled from Ghordi while MLA Ramnagar R.S Pathania addressed the gathering at Basantgarh and Dr Jitendra Singh addressed them through mobile phone.
Meanwhile, Dr Jitendra Singh has announced Madan Lal Chaudhary, Shubham Singh and Roshan Lal from Hiranagar. A tweet posted on his handle said, “Rs 25 lakh contributed from MP-fund to build Shaheed Smamrak in memory of Shaheed Madan Lal choudhary, Shubham Singh and Roshan Lal of Hiranagar,#Jammu & #Kashmir”. The information to this effect was conveyed to Deputy Commissioner Kathua, Rohit Khajuria.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh said that a number of such projects had been initiated in the Udhampur-Kathua-Doda constituency which had been pending for several decades. The question, he said, is why these initiatives were not undertaken earlier even though for the last 50 years, there have been influential Ministers and MPs representing this constituency.
Referring to road projects, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the highest ever PMGSY package of nearly Rs 2,400 crore was sanctioned for J&K State, out of which, nearly half the amount is allocated for Udhampur-Kathua-Doda constituency. Similarly, the highest ever Central Road Fund of around of Rs 1,200 crore has been allocated for the State.
Dr Jitendra Singh, however, appealed to the State Administration to avoid delays in execution of these projects. The Ghordi road upgradation started today, for example, he said, had been approved nearly two years ago, but the tender and allotment of work took place only last month. Similarly, he said, for river Devika cleaning project, Rs.170.50 crore was allocated in February 2017, but it took almost one year to prepare the DPR. The first-of-its-kind Bio-tech park at Kathua had also got delayed because of the avoidable Forest clearance issues, he added.
Responding to queries from media persons, Dr Jitendra Singh said, he was extremely hurt to learn about an avoidable controversy which has arisen with relation to the Engineering College sanctioned for Kathua under “Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan” from the Modi Government. He said, it was after tremendous efforts that we had got this College sanctioned for the benefit of the students and youth, and therefore, it is the responsibility of all of us, including the administration, not to entangle this College in unnecessary controversies and allow it to function in accordance with the priorities and the interests of the students.
MoS Roads J&K Sunil Sharma, while speaking on the occasion, gave a broad resume of the various road projects started in the State in recent times. He said, every effort is being made to expedite these projects.
MLA Chenani Dina Nath Bhagat gave a detailed account of the different pending projects which had been initiated in his constituency because of his constant follow-up and active cooperation from local MP and Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh. He said, not a single month passes when he does not visit Delhi with a set of demands for his constituency and personally approaches all the concerned Ministries accompanied by Dr Jitendra Singh.