Indicating gigantic expansion programme in health and education sector within next six months, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Sunday said that after focusing on consolidation in these sectors during the last some years, a mammoth programme of expansion is in offing.
“Within next six to eight months you will see a huge programme on ground regarding expansion of health and educational institutions”, he told a public gathering at Trungal a remote area in Asar Block of Doda District.
Omar was addressing a public meeting after inaugurating Rs. 15 crore 325 metre Span Suspension Bridge over river Chenab at Trungal in District Doda.
Omar said that road communication especially to link up far-flung and remote areas with main highways is receiving priority attention. “In fact my government has flagged this aspect as one of the most important concerns in the State’s development policy. It is as a result of this policy that State has witnessed remarkable improvement and upgradation in the road communication sector during the last about five years”, he said and added that thousands of kilometers of roads have been upgraded and newly constructed besides constructing hundreds of bridges all across the State. He said the programme is continuing and will see further fillip during this year.
Referring to the tourism potential of erstwhile District Doda, the Chief Minister said that in order to bring Trungal on tourist map of the State measures would be taken to encourage water sports in the lake here and youth would be trained to start programmes for water skiing, kayaking, para-gliding and adventure tourism in the area so that tourist from all over the world are attracted to this area to relish the natural beauty and take part in adventure sports activities.
The Chief Minister also stressed the need of utilizing the water body in the area as a means of transport as is prevalent in many similar lakes elsewhere. He said the water body in Trungal could be utilized as a good means of transport as is being done in Jhelum, Dal and Nageen Lakes. He said he would ask the tourism and other concerned departments to explore similar possibility here.
The Chief Minister announced launch of five kilometers road in the area so that the benefits of Trungal Bridge accrue to more villages. He said Trungal Bridge was initially designed as a foot bridge but on the demand of the area his government upgraded it to the status of motorable bridge and directed State Power Development Corporation for its construction as a motorable bridge. He said the people are also demanding motorable bridge instead of a foot bridge at Makdi Padi involving Rs. 27 crores. “We will examine the demand in its right perspective and consider it favourably”, he said.