PM Modi’s new plans for J&K: High-tech and green ‘Naya’ Srinagar, ‘Naya’ Jammu

After facing a lot of criticism regarding the lack of on-ground development in the valley a year after the revocation of the special status, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be announcing major projects, including high-tech and environment-friendly ‘Naya’ Srinagar and ‘Naya’ Jammu.

As per the sources, the Union Ministry of Urban Development and Jammu and Kashmir administration is working on the final blueprint of the joint project, with the Prime Minister personally monitoring it.

On August 5, the Centre appointed former Union Minister and BJP veteran Manoj Sinha as the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. The plan for the Valley includes a major project to restore the old glory of Dal Lake, which has now shrunk about 40%, according to Dredging Corporation of India.

“The area around Dal Lake is densely populated and its glory has diminished over the years. The threat of pollution and large-scale tourism has made it fragile and caused environmental degradation. Further, there have been encroachments around the Lake. So, the plan will include reducing the heavy burden from the area around it,” a source said.

BJP had always claimed that the region had remained backward because of Article 370, and after the abrogation of Article 370 and 35 A, the ruling party assured that they would improve infrastructure, grass-root democracy, increase job opportunities and deliver corruption-free governance. This project will be a chance for the party to deliver & prove that they do stand by their promises.