Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also attend the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Awards Ceremony in Mumbai, where he will also receive the first Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award, the statement said.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will undertake a visit to Jammu & Kashmir to participate in the celebrations of the National Panchayati Raj Day on Sunday and address all the gram sabhas across the country, said the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
The PMO added, “He (Modi) will visit the Palli Panchayat in the Samba district. During the visit, Prime Minister will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of multiple development initiatives worth around Rs 20,000 crore. He will also launch the Amrit Sarovar initiative.”
“Prime Minister will inaugurate the Banihal Qazigund Road Tunnel, built at a cost of over Rs 3,100 crore. The 8.45-km-long tunnel would reduce the road distance between Banihal and Qazigund by 16 km and reduce journey time by around one and a half hour. It is a twin tube tunnel – one for each direction of travel – with the twin tubes being interconnected by a cross passage every 500 metre, for maintenance and emergency evacuation. The tunnel would help establish an all-weather connection between Jammu & Kashmir and bring the two regions closer,” the statement issued by the PMO read.
Modi will also lay the foundation stone of the three road packages of Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway, being built at a cost of over Rs 7,500 crore. “They are for the construction of the 4/6 lane access controlled Delhi-Katra-Amritsar Expressway from: Balsua on NH-44 to Gurha Baildaran, Hiranagar; Gurha Baildaran, Hiranagar to Jakh, Vijaypur; and Jakh, Vijaypur to Kunjwani, Jammu with spur connectivity to Jammu Airport,” the PMO said.
It added, “Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone of the Ratle and Kwar Hydroelectric projects. The 850 MW Ratle Hydroelectric Project will be constructed on the Chenab river in Kishtwar District at a cost of around Rs 5,300 crore. The 540 MW Kwar Hydroelectric Project will also be built on Chenab river in Kishtwar District at a cost of over Rs 4,500 crore. Both the projects will help meet the power requirements of the region.”
In order to further expand the network of Jan Aushadi Kendras in Jammu & Kashmir and to make good quality generic medicines at affordable prices available, 100 centres have been made functional and will be dedicated to the nation by the Prime Minister during his visit. These centres are located in the remote corners of the Union Territory, said the PMO. Modi will also inaugurate a 500 KW solar power plant at Palli, which will make it the country’s first panchayat to become carbon neutral.
“Prime Minister will hand over SVAMITVA cards to beneficiaries under the scheme. He will also transfer award money to Panchayats which are winners of awards given across different categories on National panchayati Raj Day for their achievements,” the statement said.
With a view to ensure rejuvenation of water bodies, during the visit to J&K, the Prime Minister will also launch a new initiative named Amrit Sarovar. It is aimed at developing and rejuvenating 75 water bodies in each district of the country. It is yet another ode of the government towards the celebration of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, officials of the PMO informed.
Thereafter, at around 5 pm, Prime Minister will attend the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Awards Ceremony in Mumbai, where he will also receive the first Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award, the statement said.