After IIT, IIM, Jammu gets IHM; Rs 56.4 cr for Mubarak Mandi project

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After All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Management (IIM), the Central Government has approved an Institute of Hotel Management (IHM) for Jammu, which will be fully funded by the Government of India.
The Centre today also approved Rs 56.4 crores for further preservation work on Mubarak Mandi heritage complex and directed the State Government to expedite work to preserve rich Dogra cultural heritage.
The Government of India has also agreed to upgrade Ladakh Airport to ensure landing of flights there even during the winter months and increase either frequency of existing flights or raise number of flights.
These and some other assurances were given by Union Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma and Union Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharti to Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh, Incharge Housing and Urban Development and Power Development Departments, when he called on them in New Delhi this afternoon.
Official sources told  that Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Mahesh Sharma has approved an Institute of Hotel Management for Jammu after considering the request of Dr Nirmal Singh. Sharma assured Dr Singh that the Institute will be fully funded by the Centre and will be at par with top Hotel Management Institutes of the country.
He told Dr Singh that he will depute a Central team to Jammu shortly to tie-up with the officers/officials of the State Government on executing the prestigious project for Jammu.
“Land for the project has to be given by the State Government,’’ sources said, adding the Deputy Chief Minister told the Union Minister that the land required for the Institute was available at Nagrota, which the visiting Central team can examine.
Sources said the Union Minister for Tourism also ordered release of Rs 56.4 crores for stepping-up work on preservation of Mubarak Mandi heritage complex. The amount, sources said, would go long way in expediting the work on rich Dogra culture, which had been taken up in 2008 but was going at snail’s pace, mainly due to poor flow of funds.
The Centre had in 2008 released Rs 16 crores for the project and it was after seven long years that another amount of Rs 56.4 crores has been released.
On the demand raised by the Deputy Chief Minister, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma assured to involve Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in the project more vigorously as it was very significant from Archaeological point of view.
“The matter will be taken up with the ASI and I will ensure that it was actively involved in the project,’’ Sharma assured Dr Singh.
Sharma, who also happened to be the Civil Aviation Minister, ordered the officials of his Ministry to upgrade Leh Airport in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir to ensure that flights land there during the winter months. He said the officials of his Ministry will also examine feasibility of increasing frequency of existing flights to Leh or add more flights to help the people of mountain locked region, who face enormous problems during six months of winter when Srinagar-Leh National Highway is closed for traffic due to snowfall.
Flights are only mode of connectivity for the people of Ladakh with rest of India during six months of winter when Srinagar-Leh National Highway is closed for vehicular movement due to heavy snowfall. On many occasions, even the flights are not able to operate due to adverse weather conditions at Leh Airport.
The Minister has directed officials of his Ministry to ensure upgradation of Leh Airport to such an extent that the flights are able to operate regularly to Leh from various destinations. He said the Ministry will also examine possibility of increasing frequency of existing flights to Leh or add more flights to cater to the needs of the people of Ladakh.
Meanwhile, Union Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharti has asked the Deputy Chief Minister to hold joint meeting with top officials of the Central Water Commission in Jammu and Kashmir, Irrigation and Flood Control officials of Jammu and Kashmir and other concerned authorities and come out with roadmap for developing river Tawi on the pattern of Sabarmati (Gujarat) from Sidhra to Niki Tawi.
She told Dr Singh that the funds would be no problem for development of Jammu and Kashmir and she would clear the project immediately once it was approved by the experts, sources said, adding Uma Bharti also asked officials of his Ministry to visit Jammu whenever their services were required for the State to formulate the project.

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