J&K witnessed tenfold increase in completion of dev works in 5 years

SRINAGAR, FEB 21: Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed a significant acceleration in development, marked by a tenfold increase in the completion of various developmental projects over the past five years in the Union Territory.

Official data available with Morning Kashmir reveals a significant shift in developmental works in Jammu and Kashmir.

Before 2019, approximately 10,000 projects were completed annually. In the last fiscal year, the number surged to over 90,000, and projections for the current year anticipate the completion of more than 1 lakh projects, marking a tenfold increase in the past five years.

An official said that the Jammu and Kashmir government has initiated a mission to establish road connectivity to unconnected habitations and enhance and extend the intra-Union Territory road network, particularly in rural and remote regions.

The official said the J&K government has embarked on a mission to reach out to unconnected habitations with road connectivity and strengthen and expand the intra-UT road network, especially in rural and remote areas.

From 2017-2020, the daily average macadamization according to official data was 8.57 km, increasing to 15.57 km per day from 2020-2023.

Similarly, the number of available e-services in Jammu and Kashmir has surged from 40 to over 1000.

The digital transformation has removed unnecessary hindrances to the masses at different levels in Jammu and Kashmir.

A senior official said this e-UNNAT is an important step in the digital journey of Jammu and Kashmir by connecting it with the concept of Digital India.

 “Jammu and Kashmir is the first Union Territory in India to use and implement its digital services under the government. This is saving both money and time of the citizens of the Union Territory and also bringing transparency in the system,” the official said.

J&K has been looking to bring in investments including in tourism and hospitality, education, health, agriculture, tourism, IT, handicrafts, food processing units, pharmaceuticals, skill development, milk, poultry and wool, infrastructure and real estate, herbal and medicine plant, film sector, renewable energy, and others.

According to official figures, the Jammu and Kashmir government has received investment proposals of over Rs 90,000 crore from investors over the last few years. Industrial investment of more than Rs 14,000 crore has either been realized on the ground or related projects are in the pipeline, officials said.

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