SRINAGAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of a number of projects in Vijaypur. He said he is giving a new direction to the development of Jammu with emphasis on connectivity, and energy.
The projects for which the foundation stone was laid included AAIMS, an engineering college, IIMC and various power projects.
These include the AIIMS at Vajpur which will be constructed on 258 acres of land and would cost Rs 1616 crore. Officials said it will be ready by 2023. The 750-bed AIIMS campus will have a 100-seat medical college and a 60-berth nursing school as well. It will have 18 super specialities.
Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of the 1640 meter long bridge on Chenab. It will come up at a cost of Rs 206 crore. The double land bridge would reduce a distance of 50 km to merely three and would help a host of a population to get closer. It will be ready for operation in 30 months, officials at the foundation stone ceremony said.
Prime Minister Modi also launched a Rs 186 crore scheme for beatification and counter-pollution measures of Devika and Tawi rivers. Devika is located in Udhampur.
At a cost of Rs 16.5 crore, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC). This will be spread over 15 acres of land that the state government has donated. It is the fifth centre of the IIMC. Officials said the centre has already started in 2012 with a diploma course in 2012. It will soon launch similar courses in Hindi and Urdu.
There will be a College of Engineering in Kathua that will be set up at a cost of Rs 26 crore. It will cater to the needs of 800 students.
Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation stone of Rs 4710 crore, 624 MW Kiru hydroelectric project. This project is being executed by the Chenab Valley Power Projects Pvt Ltd in Kishtwar on Chenab River. To be implemented within the 54 months, the project would produce 2271 million units and create 2000 jobs directly and indirectly.
On the occasion, there was a memorandum of understanding between the state-owned JKSPDC and NHPC for execution of 850 MW Rattle power project. It will cost Rs 6215.61 crore and will produce 3136.80 million units of energy a year. The NHPC has eight operational projects in the state and has an installed capacity of 2339 MWs in the state