Deputy Chief Minister, Kavinder Gupta on Sunday inspected pace of progress on Jammu campus of Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) coming up here at Industrial Estate, Bari Brahamana.
This was the first visit of Kavinder Gupta to the Institute after assuming the charge of Minister for Industries and Commerce.
The Deputy CM examined the blueprint of the project and inspected the present status of the work. He directed the executing agency to expedite the pace of work to meet the set deadline.
He complimented JKEDI for the good work it has done and urged the management to ensure the completion of project as per the schedule so that the youth of Jammu in large numbers can avail the benefits of the schemes being implemented by the Institute.
On the occasion, Director JKEDI, Dr. M I Parray briefed the Deputy Chief Minister about various components of the upcoming project.
Deputy Chief Minister was informed that the Jammu campus of JKEDI is coming up at an estimated cost of Rs 87.13 crore with four-year deadline set for its completion in all respects. The project includes the cost of 63 kanal land acquired from JK Minerals Ltd. The campus will have incubation centre, a hostel, library and other interactive facilities for young entrepreneurs.
The infrastructure which primarily includes an Administrative Block, a Public Relations & Counseling Section, a Model Career Centre (MCC), a Guest House, Hostel Building and a Centre for Trainings and Skill Development (CTSD) besides security posts is scheduled to be completed in three phases.
The foundation of the campus was laid by the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti on July 09, 2017 and the work of Phase-I comprising of Administrative Block, Public Relations & Model Counseling Centre, Guest House, and other allied works to be completed at an estimated cost of Rs. 21.06 crores, commenced on November 14, 2017.
Out of this, the construction of Public Relations Office & Model Counseling Centre was completed in the month of February 2018 and it was e-inaugurated by the Chief Minister, on February 26, 2018 which enabled the Institute to start its operations from the new campus. The guest house and other allied works in phase-I of the project are expected to be completed by July 2018.