Chief minister Omar Abdullah has said the government intends to go for major expansion in health and education sectors. He said for quite some time government has been consolidating in these sectors before going for expansion.
"Within next six to eight months you will see a huge programme on ground regarding expansion of health and educational institutions," said Omar at a public gathering at Trungal, a remote area in Asar block of Doda district, on Sunday.
He inaugurated a suspension bridge over Chenab river at Trungal constructed at a cost of Rs 15 crore.
Omar Abdullah said road communication, especially to link far-flung and remote areas with main highways, is receiving priority attention.
The chief minister said economic uplift of remote areas and employment generation for youth largely depends on the status of connectivity and road communication and recognising this aspect the government is taking up development of roads and bridges in the state.
Referring to the tourism potential of the erstwhile Doda district, the chief minister said in order to bring Trungal on tourist map of the state measures would be taken to encourage water sports in the lake here and youth would be trained to start programmes for water skiing, kayaking, para-gliding and adventure tourism.
Omar stressed the need of utilising the water body in the area as means of transport as is prevalent in many similar lakes elsewhere. He said the water body in Trungal could be utilised as a good means of transport as is being done in Jhelum, Dal and Nageen lakes. He said he would ask the tourism and other departments concerned to explore similar possibility here.
The chief minister announced launch of 5km road in the area so that the benefits of Trungal bridge accrue to more villages. He said Trungal bridge was initially designed as a foot bridge but on the demand of the area his government upgraded it to the status of motorable bridge and directed state power development corporation for its construction as a motorable bridge.
He said the people are also demanding motorable bridge instead of a foot bridge at Makdi Padi, which will cost Rs 27 crore. "We will examine the demand in its right perspective and consider it favourably," he said.
The chief minister said there is a need for many bridges in the area to link cut-off areas and make these accessible easily, as such his government would take up the task in hand and complete these bridges gradually.