PM Modi visit and lined up projects in UT of Jammu Kashmir

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Copy Edited By Samreen Tak, Edited By Adam Rizvi, The India Observer, TIO: Ahead of PM Modi’s visit on 20th Feb 2024 Jammu district has been made no-fly zone for drones and quadcopters with immediate effect as security arrangements are being tightened across J&K. He is expected to set the election ball rolling for the UT besides inaugurating some of the key projects.

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Jammu District Magistrate Sachin Kumar Vaishya, keeping in view intelligence reports highlighting potential security threats, issued a comprehensive order under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973. The ban order will continue until February 20. It imposes restrictions on drones, remote-controlled micro-light aircrafts, para-gliders, para-motors, hand gliders and hot air balloons within the district. The ban order exempts security forces.

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An official informed that the precautionary measure was in place to counter possible activities by terrorist and anti-national elements.

Security has also been strengthened along the Pathankot-Jammu highway as the prestigious project of AIIMS will also be inaugurated by the PM in Samba, located along the highway. Purpose of visit is not only to set the election ball but to inaugurate major projects which were under construction post-abrogation.

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Special security measures have been taken at the Maulana Azad Stadium in Jammu were the PM will be addressing a rally and likely to talk about the post-Article 370 developments and Central Government’s schemes in presence of around 1 lakh people. The rally of this nature is the first in series before the Lok Sabha polls.

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The police and the CRPF are conducting random checking of vehicles. Checkpoints have been set up at various places besides entry and exit points in Jammu and Srinagar.

Security forces are also keeping an eye on Rajouri and Poonch areas which have become hotbed of terrorism from past years.

The PM is also expected to remotely flag off the first train in Sangaldan-Baramulla rail link which one among the biggest projects to be inaugurated during this visit. Thousands of families living in far flung areas of Ramban district are eagerly waiting for the inauguration of train services on the Banihal-Sangaldan. It will boost up the economy of the region and also end to decade long problem of connectivity in harsh winters.

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Ramban Deputy Commissioner Baseer-ul-Haq Chaudhary said, “This railway line brings immense joy to not only the people of Ramban but to the entire Chenab Valley, fulfilling a decades-old dream.”

Meanwhile, BJP’s J&K spokesperson YV Sharma said that several steps had been taken under the PM’s leadership for upliftment of the hitherto “forgotten” people, including the refugees from 1947, reservation for the Paharis and other tribals and reservation of seats in the legislature for women.

The Prime Minister will also inaugurate the newly built Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Jammu campus in Jagti.

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Director of the IIM-Jammu, Sahay said its new campus in Jagti, which the PM will inaugurate on Tuesday, spans 200 acres and has been built at the cost of Rs 500.91 crore. “It reflects IIM-Jammu’s commitment to providing world-class infrastructure conducive to holistic development of the student. The new campus has been completed in record time, boasting state-of-the-art facilities, including smart classrooms,” he said.

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Source: The Tribune


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