Underlining the need for development of new housing colonies on modern lines in the peripheries of Srinagar and Jammu Capital Cities, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Saturday asked the Housing Department to come up with comprehensive projects in this regard.
“In order to decongest the twin capital cities and provide adequate housing facilities to people taking cognizance of the rapid growth, the creation of modern townships are need of the hour”, he said.
Laying foundation of Rs. 14.87 crore Rehabilitation and Channelization of Storm Water Drainage System in Channi Himmat here, the Chief Minister said that a gigantic proposal for multimode mobility projects for Srinagar and Jammu cities involving over Rs. 40000 crore are under process of getting linked with financial resources.
“Since the State is not in a position to take up these huge multifaceted projects on its own alone, as such, Government of India is being approached to get the financial assistance in a phased manner so that these projects are completed and two Cities provided with modern multimode transport facility”, he said.
The Chief Minister said that as the Chairman of Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA), he has directed the Agency to concentrate on taking up huge projects like flyovers, mega-water supply schemes, large sewerage and drainage programmes and other high cost big-ticket projects requiring regular flow of funds for completion in a time bound manner under ERA programmes.
Omar Abdullah said that besides two flyovers, one each at Srinagar and Jammu, multi-tier parking complexes, drainage and sewerage projects etc have been taken in hand by ERA in the two cities to upgrade basic amenities, decongest traffic, improve road communication and ensure proper disposal of house refuse.
The Chief Minister said that a mega drinking water supply scheme to cater to the needs of greater Jammu upto next 20 to 25 years is being executed under ERA utilizing Asian Development Bank funding. He said the project envisaging supply of drinking water to Jammu from Chenab and involves an expenditure of over Rs. 500 crores.
Omar Abdullah also referred to various other projects being executed by ERA in the two divisions and said that completion of these projects would provide wide-ranging benefits to the people. He asked the ERA management to stick to the targets fixed for completion of projects.