Comprehensive policy framed to meet urban challenges in J&K
Jammu: Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Kumar Singh on Friday said the government had framed a comprehensive policy for effective implementation of the flagship housing, sanitation and civic programmes to make Jammu and Kashmir a model state.
Winding up a discussion on Demands for Grants of the Housing and Urban Development Departments (HUDD) in the state assembly, he said the state had witnessed a surge in the urban population in the recent past with the twin capital cities accounting for 60 per cent of it. "Revised Master Plan of Srinagar, 2035 has been placed in public domain and is likely to be notified shortly, while Revised Master Plan, 2032 of Jammu, Udhampur and Katra towns have been approved and an exercise for preparation of zonal plans is also being undertaken simultaneously," he said.
He said master plans for 24 towns of the state were at different stages of preparation.
Singh, referring to the Centre's Smart City Mission, said proposals for both Jammu and Srinagar had been approved.
He said proposals covering 159 projects worth over Rs 7453 crore (Rs 3815 crore for Srinagar and Rs 3638 crore for Jammu) were being taken up to glorify the beauty and heritage of the cities.
The deputy CM said the projects envisage area-based and pan city solutions development with maximum thrust on upgrading the living standards of citizens and harnessing tourism potential.
"The project will be completed within a period of 5 years, Ministry of Corporate Affairs," he said.