Ever since the Modi government took over, said Dr Singh, Jammu & Kashmir has received highest priority in the development and particularly the Udhampur-Doda-Kathua parliamentary constituency, which can be compared to any other Lok Sabha constituency of India for its landmark developmental works. He pointed out that while Udhampur-Doda-Kathua is possibly the only Lok Sabha constituency in the country which has received 3 Medical Colleges in 3 years, Udhampur possibly the only District in the country which has on the lines of Namami Ganga and Ganga cleaning project, received two similar rejuvenation and renovation projects for River Devika and Mansar Lake respectively.
While both these projects, namely Devika Project and Mansar project, said Dr Jitendra Singh will cost about Rs.200 Crore, there are other similarities as well. For example, River Devika said to be the sister of mother Ganga, the Mansar lake finds reference in the ancient writings of Mahabharata.
Dr Jitendra Singh referred to the Katra-Delhi expressway corridor, the work for which has been started and also the work on the extensions of four lanes, to a Jammu national highway, into 6 lanes. He said, while the world's highest railway bridge is coming up in Reasi, the work on a new national highway project from Sudhmahadev via Marmat to Khileni has also started.
He said, rising above considerations of vote banks, it has been an effort to provide facilities developed in the neglected areas. He said, while the distant area Paddar in Kishtwar got its first centrally funded college two years back, a new airport is coming up in Kishtwar under the Central Government’s UDAN Scheme. Similarly, the far flung area of Poghal-Ukhraj and Marmat got their first ever Degree College, Gandoh got its first ever Post Office and although these areas have been over the decades represented by the Central Ministers and the State. In his address, Manoj Sinha, Lieutenant Governor of UT of Jammu and Kashmir said that Mansar is of immense importance from Pilgrimage as well Heritage point of view beyond being the most scenic attraction due to vast Mansar Lake and its flora and fauna. He said that tourism contributes to 7 percent of GDP of Jammu and Kashmir, but due to Corona, the sector got hit badly. He said, all efforts are being made to provide relief to people associated with Tourism industry on a large scale. He said that Centre has given Rs 706 Crore for tourism sector and multi-pronged approach is being adopted to bring Jammu and Kashmir as one of the most preferred tourist destination in the World Map.
Advisor to LG of J&K Baseer Ahmad Khan, Sarmad Hafeez, Secretary,Tourism, Divisional Commissioner Sanjeev Verma, Director, Tourism, Jammu RK Katoch, CEO of Surinsar-Mansar Development Authority Dr. Gurvinder Jit Singh, and other senior officials from Jammu and Srinagar joined the Webinar and e-inauguration event.