Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today laid stress on opening up of areas and improving communication between people to minimise their difficulties and improve their economies.
Interacting with people here today during her public outreach programme, the Chief Minister stressed the need for construction of tunnel on Razdan Pass on the Bandipore-Gurez road to make the area accessible to rest of the Valley throughout the year. She also underscored the need for opening of Gurez-Astoor road on the LoC which she said would help a great deal in soaring up the local economies and minimising the difficulties of people living in these areas.
Mehbooba Mufti also underscored the need for improving road network for and within Gurez Valley to let people connect with each other. She also directed administration to expedite the process of extending mobile connectivity to the area to remove the communication gap between people here and rest of the State.
Responding to the local demands, the Chief Minister said that she would send a consultancy group to Gurez to assess the development needs and economic potential of the area. She said the staff in health and educational institutes would be strengthened and facilities improved. Also allied facilities like accommodation, recreation facilities etc would also be raised in Gurez to incentivize the stay of staff, particularly during winters, she added.
Mehbooba Mufti said her Government has increased the compensation for affected families of Kishen Ganga project considerably and the Government would pursue with Centre for the engagement of local youth with NHPC on the said project. She said Gurez valley has immense potential for tourism and her Government would take steps for tapping this potential which would rejuvenate local economy.