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Omar sanctions Rs 69.31 cr; prestigious projects for Kathua

This decision was taken at the district development board meeting of Kathua district.

Written by Agencies | Jammu |
September 8, 2009 2:10:28 pm

To improve the development profile of Kathua,Chief Minister Omar Abdullah announced the annual plan outlay of Rs 69.31 crore for 2009-10 and several prestigious projects for the district.

The plan outlay which has a capital component of Rs 60.40 crore and a revenue component of Rs 8.91 crore marks a hike of 15 per cent over the plan outlay last financial year.

This decision was taken at the district development board meeting of Kathua district held under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister in Jammu on Monday evening.

Abdullah also announced Rs 30 lakh for the renovation and upgradation of the mini-secretariat at Kathua headquarters. He declared Rs 50 lakh for the construction of the Gujjar-Bakerwal hostel at Bani where a sizeable population of Gujjars and Bakerwals is present. Another Rs 25 lakh has been provided for further construction of the Lohai-Malhar road to improve connectivity with far-flung areas.

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Based on the demands projected by the local MLAs,the Chief Minister announced Rs 25 lakh each for the construction of an open and an indoor stadia at Kathua. He also allotted Rs 15 lakh for the construction of a mini stadium at Bani.

He said the endeavour of the government is to strengthen the district development boards with greater funding for development works so that the district registers tangible transformation.

Abdullah announced that the government is aware of the resource crunch faced by local bodies and will come out with a special package for these. He,however,asked them to become self-sufficient through resource mobilization for improving their effectiveness.

The Chief Minister impressed upon the district officers to work with dedication so that the plan allocation worth Rs 5,500 crore as well as funds worth Rs 1,200 crore under the Prime Minister’s reconstruction plan are expended within the targeted time frame.

He announced to hold a comprehensive review meeting of the implementation of plans in January next year so that the challenge of development within the stipulated minimum possible time is achieved.

He asked the different Chairmen of district development boards to conduct the review of the plans. He asked the officers to finalise cost estimates and other technical estimates within a fortnight and complete the tendering work by October 15.

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