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Don't believe in developmental propaganda, says Omar

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Jammu, November 09, 2013
First Published: 20:36 IST(9/11/2013) | Last Updated: 20:37 IST(9/11/2013)

Omar Abdullah has said he does not believe in propaganda on developmental projects initiated by the present coalition as works done on the ground will speak for themselves. However, the chief minister said his government's report card would be made available to every citizen to judge the performance of the government.

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"Some people for political reasons do not want to see the achievements of the present government. They try to divert attention of the people from the development works and continue to raise old and worn out slogans of discrimination," said Omar Abdullah in his address to a gathering after inaugurating major projects in Jammu city on Saturday.

The chief minister inaugurated 33/11KV, 10 MVA receiving station at Shastri Nagar constructed at a cost of Rs. 26 crore, Rs. 19-crore Satwari-Kunjwani four-lane road project and laid foundation of Rs. 50-crore maternity hospital at Gandhi Nagar.

He said development projects could be taken up because of the peaceful situation and brotherhood prevailing in the state. He said common masses were main contributors in this regard and as such deserve all credit.

"Whenever there is security and law and order challenge the government's attention on development gets shifted to providing security to people and controlling the situation. This gives jolt the process of development," said Omar.

The chief minister said many important projects have been taken up -- some completed -- for the development of Jammu city. These include construction of flyover, artificial lake, fourth bridge over Tawi river, super-specialty hospital, various grid and receiving stations besides water supply schemes.

He said people for long were raising demand for these projects and these have been completed.

He said in the past, power sector did not receive the focused attention. "From the time of late chief minister Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah till the tenure Ghulam Nabi Azad, the power production in the state touched only 1,200 to 1,300 MW annually. But in the last three months, power projects with a capacity of 1900 MW have been approved," said Omar.

The chief minister said the neurosurgery unit in Jammu super-specialty hospital will become functional soon.


On the anvil

1,900-MW power projects approved in three months
Expansion of Jammu airport to start soon
Neurosurgery faculty in super-specialty hospital to become functional
Artificial lake project to be completed next year
Environment ministry to clear Gandola project


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