Centre approves Rs 600 crores for development of J&K cities
8 December 2007
Jammu: The Central government has approved the proposal for the inclusion of twin cities of Jammu and Srinagar cities in the list of mega cities project. An expected of Rs 600 crore will be spent for the development of Srinagar and Jammu under the project, a spokesman said here today. Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had requested the Union Transport Minister T R Balu for the inclusion of the twin cities in phase-VII of the national highways development project (NHDP) for mega cities as a special case. The proposal has now been approved by the union cabinet and Rs 300 crore each would be spent on both the cities, he said. This would help in decongesting these cities as the project entails the construction of ring roads, bye-passes and fly- overs. Meanwhile, the Union commerce ministry has also sanctioned Rs 30 crore for the construction of an International Trade Centre (ITC) at Pampore in Kashmir valley, he added.