Peace imperative for dev, JK enjoys spl status, needs to be protected, preserved: Mehbooba
Lays foundation of Aripanthan-Khag, Jawalapora roads, inaugurates Magam Degree College
Also lays foundation of GMC health centre at Khag
JAWALAPORA(BUDGAM), AUGUST 08: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today said the special position accorded to the State under the Constitution needs to be protected and preserved.
Addressing a largely attended public meeting after inaugurating a road project here, the Chief Minister said the legislature of the State has huge powers which no other State Assembly has. She referred to recent passage of GST Bill by the State legislature in which all the safeguards proposed were incorporated.
Terming peace imperative for development, Mehbooba Mufti said only a conducive peaceful atmosphere can lead the State to prosperity and resolution of the issues.
The Chief Minister said opening of historic routes along LoC in the State, frequent exchange of students, artists and other groups are the areas which once worked would bring a lasting peace in the State by promoting more people to people exchanges.
The Jawalapora road is to be built at a cost of Rs. 15.05 crore and it would be completed in two years.
Minister for Public Works, Naeem Akhtarand MLC, Saiffudin Bhat also addressed the public meeting
At Khag, addressing a huge public meeting, the Chief Minister announced setting up of a Fire station, a tourist facility in view of the scenic beauty of the area and development of a sports field there. These demands were raised by the locals with the Chief Minister.
Mehbooba Mufti laid the foundation of 10 kilometre Kha-Aripanthan road to be upgraded from the present single lane to double lane at a cost of Rs. 13.08 crore and it would be completed by next year end.
The villages to benefit from the road upgradation include Hazerpora, Kandahama, Gamboora, Bonigund, Suresh, Nasarpora and Khag.
Minister for Minister for Public Works, Naeem Akhtar; MLC, Saiffudin Bhat; Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Khan, officers of divisional administration and prominent civil society members were present on these occasions.
Later, the Chief Minister also laid the foundation of a modern health centre at Khag to be set up by the Government Medical College, Srinagar. It would have diagnostic facilities, ophthalmology, dentistry, ENT besides medical and gynae units.
Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat; Minister of State for Health, Asiea Naqash; Principal, GMC, Srinagar and other officers were present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister visited Magam where she inaugurated the newly constructed Degree College there. Built at a cost of Rs. 9.83 crore, the college for 1500 students comprises academic, administrative and Library blocks. She was received at the college by Minister for Education, Syed Altaf Bukhari; Minister of State for Education, Priya Sethi and Principal Secretary, Higher Education, Dr. Asgar Samoon.
Mehbooba Mufti directed fencing of the college and landscaping of the open spaces. She also interacted with the students of the college who projected certain demands.
Responding to their demands, the Chief Minister directed exploring possibilities for opening additional streams like Music, Science and Commerce, construction of auditorium and developing sports facilities and also strengthening the computer lab with manpower and equipment.
Minister for Public Works, Naeem Akhtar; MLA, Gulmarg, Muhammad Abbas Wani; former legislator, Dr. Shafi Ahmad Wani and local activist, Nazir Ahmad khan besides officers of divisional and district administration and large number of people were present on the occasion.