SRINAGAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Jammu and Kashmir on February 20 to inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of development works running into thousands of crores

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will kick off significant projects, lay foundation stones for many more, totaling Rs 3161 crore. He will virtually hand over job letters to  youth, engage with residents across the Union Territory, and officially kick-start the BJP’s election campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir, the Daily Excelsior reported.

Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Dr Jitendra Singh and Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha will accompany the PM among others.

Prime Minister’s visit will be limited to MA Stadium. From there, he will virtually inaugurate and lay foundation stones for multiple projects, interact with the public via video conferencing, hand over job letters to the youth of the UT, and deliver a speech at a large rally, marking the commencement of the BJP’s campaign for the Lok Sabha polls, the newspaper reported.

The Prime Minister will inaugurate multiple projects running into thousands of crores including All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Vijaypur in Samba district, highest railway bridge in Reasi district, Devika Rejuvenation project, Shahpur Kandi project, IIM Jammu, several major roads and projects in both Jammu and Kashmir divisions, virtually from MA Stadium.

Among 209 projects, Modi will lay foundation stone of 124 and inaugurate 85 projects to the tune of Rs 3161 crores.

Excelsior reported, that the projects whose foundation stone will be laid include nine Industrial Estates covering 2210 kanals, construction and up gradation of 62 road projects and 42 bridges, 2816 flats for Kashmiri migrants at nine places in Anantnag, Kulgam, Kupwara, Shopian and Pulwama, up gradation/revamping of Transport Nagar at Parimpora in Srinagar and Data Centre/Disaster Recovery Centre for Integrated Command and Control Centre for Jammu Smart City.

Eighty five projects which will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister are transit accommodation of 224 flats for Kashmiri migrants at Ganderbal and Kupwara, degree college buildings infrastructure at four places, Drug Testing Laboratory at Kathua, Grid Stations, Receiving Stations and Transmission Line projects in both Jammu and Kashmir divisions, 12 road projects and three bridges, modernization of Narwal Fruit Mandi, five Common Effluent Treatment Plants in Samba and Intelligent Traffic Management System in Srinagar City among others.

This will be Modi’s first rally after April 24, 2022 programme at Palli Panchayat in Samba district and will signal start of the BJP’s campaign for Lok Sabha elections.

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