Hardeep Singh Puri assures Jammu & Kashmir of support in urban sector

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NEW DELHI (INDIA): Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri today assured the Government and the people of Jammu & Kashmir of priority consideration and all possible assistance in all matters of urban development.

This assurance was given when the Deputy Chief Minister of the State Dr.Nirmal Singh met Puri here today and discussed various projects relating to Jammu & Kashmir. They discussed progress and implementation of urban sector projects in the State.

Dr.Nirmal Singh has sought help in River Front Development along a 4.50 km stretch of Tawi River along the lines of Sabarmati River Front Development, completion of Sewerage Project of Greater Jammu sanctioned under JNNURM earlier, inclusion of Katra and Udhamput under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) for basic infrastructure development etc.

The Deputy Chief Minister informed Puri that the Sewerage Project of Srinagar, sanctioned under JNNURM is progressing with additional central assistance released by this Government.

Puri directed the concerned officials in the Ministry to have the River Front Development proposal under the Smart City Plan of Jammu.

After further consultations with the State Government on mobilization of resources for the sewerage project in Jammu including its financing under the ongoing urban missions, NBCC will be directed to resume the project works, Puri assured.

On the inclusion of two more cities under AMRUT, he said 500 cities have been included in this mission based on certain criteria and will have the possibility in this regard considered, he informed Dr.Singh.

Referring to details of various projects sanctioned and investments approved for Jammu & Kashmir under various new urban missions, Puri urged the Deputy Chief Minister to speed up their implementation so that the intended outcomes were realized within the specified timeframes.

He referred to providing new water supply connections to 1.08 lakh households in the State under Atal Mission.