PM lays foundation stones for AIIMS, other projects in Jammu

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Feb 2019 09:19:16



PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday laid foundation stones for several development projects, including an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and an Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), in Jammu. Modi also launched University of Ladakh, the first-ever varsity in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.

Modi said setting up of new AIIMS would transform health care facilities and will also provide new opportunities to the youth. The people of Jammu protested for almost two months for setting up of AIIMS in the region. The National Conference (NC) and the Congress also staged demonstrations here in support of the demand. The proposed AIIMS will be a 700-bedded hospital. The Prime Minister said Rs 750 crore has been granted to the State for setting up of five new medical colleges.

“The sessions will start soon (in these medical colleges). From the last 70 years, there were only 500 (MBBS) seats, but the BJP Government has now doubled the seats,” Modi said. The Jammu region has four universities besides an IIT and an IIMC, while the Kashmir Valley has three universities and a National Institute of Technology (NIT).
After the inauguration, Modi said Ladakh now has first cluster university comprising degree colleges of Leh, Kargil, Nubra, Zanskar, Drass and Khaltsi. The university will have administrative offices in Leh and Kargil, he said. He also laid the foundation stone for northern regional centre campus of IIMC in Jammu. It will be set up at a cost of Rs 16 crore.

“It is moment of pride for us that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation for IIMC campus here,” said IIMC Director General K G Suresh. In addition, 15 acres of land has already been earmarked for setting up of a permanent campus in Kotbalwal area of Jammu city, he said. The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for 624-MW Kiru hydroelectric project in Kishtwar. It is a run-of-the-river project across the Chenab and once completed, it will generate 2272 million units of electricity annually.
Modi laid foundation stones of various development work in Srinagar region worth Rs 7,000 crore.

He also inaugurated a rural Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) in Bandipore. He inaugurated the 9-MW Dah hydroelectric project. Located in Dah near village Datang, this project is a run-of-the-river scheme.
Modi also dedicated to the nation the 220-KV Srinagar-Alusteng-Drass-Kargil-Leh transmission system. The foundation stone of the prestigious project was laid by Modi in August 2014.

He laid the foundation stone for 1,640-metre span double-lane bridge over the Chenab river in Sajwal. The Prime Minister also laid foundation stone of the new terminal building of Kushok Bakula Rimpochee (KBR) Airport in Leh by unveiling the plaque.
The new terminal will be a modular, energy efficient and self-sustaining building of 18,985 sq. Metres.
Modi also opened new tourist and trekking routes in Ladakh.