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PM in J&K today, 1st formal event after removing special status: 10 Key points

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Srinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold his first public event in Jammu and Kashmir today, more than two years after the center scrapped the state’s special status and split it into two union territories.

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In his first visit to Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make industrial and development push in J&K and address panchayats across the country on ‘Panchayati Raj Diwas’.

Preparations are in full swing, and security arrangements have been strengthened ahead of PM Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir’s Palli in the Samba district. Modi is expected to launch industrial investments worth Rs 70,000 crore and inaugurate and lay foundation of some developmental projects including two power projects.

Here are the top 10 key developments:
-Tight security is in place for PM Modi’s visit. A big welcome is expected in Palli, with tens of thousands waiting to welcome him at an event organized by the BJP in the Jammu region.

-Prime Minister Modi to preside over ceremony to mark Panchayati Raj – a day that commemorates people’s democracy

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-Today’s event will see Prime Minister Modi lead the region “into a new era of development”, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha told reporters.

-Today’s event is believed to be PM Modi’s first official public appearance in Jammu and Kashmir since August 2019, although PM Modi has made informal visits to celebrate festivals with troops stationed along the line control.

-The Prime Minister will inaugurate and lay the foundation stones for development projects worth over Rs 20,000 crore, including the opening of the Banihal-Qazigund road tunnel for all-weather connectivity between the two regions of the territory of The union.

-He will celebrate National Panchayati Raj Day and address gram sabhas across the country, the Prime Minister’s Office, or PMO, said in a statement.

-Seeking to develop and rejuvenate 75 water bodies in every district of the country, Prime Minister Modi will launch an initiative named “Amrit Sarovar”, the PMO said.

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-The Banihal-Qazigund road tunnel, constructed at a cost of over Rs 3,100 crore, is 8.45 km long and will reduce the road distance between Banihal and Qazigund by 16 km, and reduce travel time by around one and one – half hours.

-It is a twin-tube tunnel, one for each direction of traffic, and the tubes are interconnected by a cross passage every 500 meters for maintenance and emergency evacuation.

-Among other projects, PM Modi will lay the foundation stone for the Ratle and Kwar hydropower projects, an 850 megawatt facility to be constructed on the Chenab River in Kishtwar at a cost of around Rs 5,300 crore. He will also lay the foundation stone for the 540 megawatt Kwar hydropower project, which will be built on the same river at a cost of over Rs 4,500 crore. Interestingly, this is the second time the foundation stone for the Ratle project has been laid. In 2013, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone for the project.

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