Former chief minister and People's Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Wednesday said that "Vision Document" being prepared by the manifesto committee of the party will ensure that due share is given to each and every region of the state for its socio-economic development.
He said besides initiating development projects aimed at uplifting the socio-economic conditions of our people, Jammu and Kashmir will be made an island of peace in the entire sub-continent.
Addressing a well attended gathering of prominent citizens, Mufti said there is a kind of uncertainty prevailing in the state that needs to be ended by winning over the masses and involving them in development projects. Trust deficit has alienated the masses, which is also required to be removed and replaced with better and transparent governance in the state.
Referring to the apprehensions of the people that Jammu's economy will be shattered after the construction of North-South corridor, train to Katra and Nashri tunnel projects, Mufti said that Jammu being the nerve centre would not be allowed to face such a grim situation.
The vision document will ensure better travel facilities, besides creating the trade and tourism infrastructure in Jammu, so that the econony of Jammu doesn't suffer, he said.
Referring to the 2002 elections, the PDP patron said that it was because of the people's trust that the then government could deliver.
He said that the Jammu region had ample tourism potential and the same would be tapped and ensured that some mega projects coming up in the state did not affect the potential.
There are certain projects, including the development of Mubarak Mandi, artificial lake, cable car project, Sanasar and Surinsar and Tawi View Front, which would be completed on war footing to strengthen the economy of the Jammu region.
Mufti said that every effort was put in to bring in a sea change in the system of governance and those who believed that opening of borders will scuttle peace, now want to strengthen travel and trade between India and Pakistan.
"I have seen enough power, but always cared for winning over the masses. Days are not far away when borders will become irrelevant and the people on both sides will strengthen their travel and trade", he asserted.