Rs. 18 Billion AJK Development Plan
9 September 2006
Associated Press of Pakistan
Mirpur : The amount of Rs. 18 billion will be spent for the execution of various development projects in Azad Jammu Kashmir during current fiscal year, official sources said. The sources told APP here Saturday that Rs. 500 million were being spent on various development projects across the liberated territory during the first quarter of the ongoing financial year. Various development projects launched in Azad Kashmir during the current fiscal year will not only benefit the AJK population vis-a-vis extension of latest amenities of life at their doorsteps. The AJK government has decided to remove all undue bottleneck in the way of the development works. Five Hundred million rupees have been earmarked for power sector. The AJK government has set the target of electrifying the entire population of AJK up to the year of 2007. The federal government will spend over Rs 70 billion for Mangla Dam raising and Neelum- Jhelum Hydel Power projects to make the maximum use of the available hydel power potential in AJK. Work on Bataar and Kathai Hydel power stations will remain in progress whereas extension of two megawatt and one point six megawatt hydel stations at Leepa and Kathai would be carried out, the sources said. The education sector has already been also received Rs. 390 million during the next fiscal year. The construction work on the buildings of eighty middle and thirty high schools and five Inter-Colleges in various parts of the of Azad Kashmir will be afoot and resumed in quake-hit zone soon. The work was abandoned following the recent earthquake. Physical Planning and Housing sector will get 387 million rupees.Adequate allocation for Greater Water Supply Schemes of Bagh, Dadayal, Sehnsa and Hijreera was also being made. Besides the construction of different official buildings in various districts, the construction of High Court Circuit benches at Mirpur, Kotli and Rawalakot is expected to be completed within the stipulated time frame, the sources added.