Yoga Apart, PM Modi In his 2-day Visit Inaugurating 84 Projects


SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir is abuzz with heightened security measures as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is landing for a significant two-day visit to the region. The visit marks Modi’s first trip to Jammu and Kashmir since securing a third term at the Centre.

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Narendra Modi was sworn in for the third time on June 9, 2024. This collage accessed from BJP social media shows Modi’s three swearing-ins.

The agenda includes the inauguration and foundation laying of 84 developmental projects worth over Rs 1,500 crore, aimed at enhancing the region’s infrastructure and empowering its youth.

In anticipation of the high-profile visit, security in Srinagar has been significantly bolstered. Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, Vidhi Kumar Birdi, announced a multi-tier security arrangement to ensure an incident-free visit. “It is a multi-tier security. As per the security protocols, the high-alert security arrangement has been made here,” Birdi stated. This includes increased vehicle checks and heightened vigilance across the city.

Adding to the security measures, Srinagar police have declared the city a ‘Temporary Red Zone’ for drone and quadcopter operations. Unauthorised drone activities in this zone will be penalised under the Drone Rules, 2021, ensuring no disruptions during the high-profile visit.

On the first day of his visit (today), Prime Minister Modi will arrive in Srinagar and participate in the Empowering Youth, Transforming J&K event at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC). Scheduled for 6 PM, this event will highlight the region’s progress and inspire young achievers. Modi will inspect stalls, interact with young achievers from J&K, and distribute appointment letters to over 2,000 newly appointed government employees.

The Prime Minister will also inaugurate and lay the foundation stone for multiple developmental projects, covering areas such as road infrastructure, water supply schemes, and higher education. Notable projects include the improvement of the Chenani-Patnitop-Nashri section, the development of industrial estates, and the construction of six government degree colleges.

A significant highlight of the day will be the launch of the Competitiveness Improvement in Agriculture and Allied Sectors (JKCIP) Project, valued at Rs 1,800 crore. This project, to be implemented in 90 blocks across 20 districts, aims to reach 300,000 households and benefit 1.5 million people, thereby boosting the region’s agricultural productivity.

On June 21, the Prime Minister will lead the 10th International Day of Yoga celebrations at SKICC in Srinagar. The event, starting around 6:30 AM, underscores the theme Yoga for Self and Society, emphasising yoga’s role in promoting individual and societal well-being. This year’s celebration is expected to draw over 7,000 participants from various walks of life.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha expressed pride in hosting the Prime Minister for the Yoga Day event near the iconic Dal Lake, highlighting the unity and wellness the event promotes. This annual celebration, since its inception in 2015, has seen Modi lead sessions at iconic locations worldwide, including Kartavya Path in Delhi, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Ranchi, Lucknow, Mysuru, and the United Nations Headquarters in New York. He stated that 7000 people will join the Prime Minister in the Yoga event.


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