Rs 40bn Five-year Uplift Plan For Azad Kashmir
5 September 2005
Mirpur: Azad Jammu Kashmir government has inked an integrated five-year development plan by allocating Rs. forty billion to execute the plan for bringing about revolution both in socio-economic and development fields, official sources said. The sources told APP here Monday that with the liberal financial assistance of the federal government, the AJK government has fixed the priorities to accelerate the development activities for the overall progress and prosperity of the liberated territory. Special attention will be given to provide every possible latest basic amenities of life including link roads, hygienic drinking water, electricity, sewerage system, health and education covers and telecommunication to the population of the far flung and remote areas besides the urban areas across Azad Jammu Kashmir, the sources indicated. The AJK government has also planned to launch greater water supply schemes in various parts of AJK to provide sufficient drinking water to the population in the fast expanding areas particularly those falling in the urban belt. Meanwhile, the AJK government has fixed the priorities to complete all the ongoing development projects, launched over four years ago under the five- year plan, within the stipulated time frame. Most of the ongoing such development projects including construction of a total of 2700 km long roads and 3000 km long roads respectively by PWD and the local Government departments across Azad Jammu Kashmir will be completed by December this year. Rest of the construction work on these projects is targeted to be completed by the end of June next year, the sources revealed. In spite of the bad weather and expected torrential rains of monsoon in the top mountainous and far flung areas in AJK, the authorities have decided to complete all development works under the existing five-year plan within the stipulated time frame. The government has directed the Highway Department of AJK to complete the renovation and repair work on all highways and the link roads in the districts within the stipulated time frame by maintaining the quality of the work on the ongoing development projects. In the Electricity supply sector, various ongoing power supply projects are near to completion by the end of December 2005. These projects will help in to overcome the trend of unscheduled load-shedding, besides encouraging the smooth and stable supply of electricity to the consumers both in urban and rural areas all across AJK. In the education sector, the state government has planned to establish more colleges and schools besides upgrading more state controlled educational institutions including middle and high schools as well as the intermediate colleges both for boys and girls, under the spirit to raise the rate of literacy all over AJK. It may be added that at least 170 state-run middle and high schools of boys and girls were upgraded and 20 intermediate and 15 degree colleges were established during last fiscal year throughout AJK.