PM Narendra Modi will be travelling to J&K today in order to inaugurate projects on development worth Rs 20,000 crore. This will be the first visit of Modi since the Article 370 was revoked in 2019.
The PM is also going to participate in the National Panchayati Raj Day celebration thus addressing the Gram Sabhas across India.
Projects inauguration in J&K
In accordance to the nullification of the Article 370 that gave J&K a special status in the country, the PMO said , “ Since the introduction of constitutional reforms with regards to J&K in August 2019, the government has been focused on bringing about ranging reforms to subtaintially improve governance and enhance ease of living for the people of the region at an unprecedented pace.” He further added that, “the projects being inaugurated and whose foundation stone is being laid in this visit will go a long way in facilitating provision of basic amenities, ensuring ease of mobility and development of infrastructure in the region.”
Today, PM Modi is also scheduled to inaugurate the Banihal-Qazigund tunnul that costed 3,100 crore to build. The tunnel is 8.45 km long and is built with an aim to reduce the distance between the two places – Banihal and Qazigund by over 16 km. The tunnel will also enhance better road connectivity In the region.
In addition, the PM will also launch Amrit Sarovar initiative so as to utilise the 75 water bodies that the country has. He is also likely to visit Palli Panchayat in Samba District to inaugurate a solar power plant.
Just days ahead of Prime Minister’s first visit to the state since the nullification of Article 370, a attack was launched against CISF officials leaving two terrorists being killed and several officials injured. According to the statements released by the DGP of the state, “the encounter took place two days ahead of the Prime Minster’s visit. It is a part of a big conspiracy to disturb the peaceful atmosphere of Jammu & Kashmir and also to sabotage the visit.”