Seeking support from people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh in making J&K an abode of peace, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, today described the state as a show-window of plurality and inclusiveness in the country.
She said state’s strength lies in mutual coexistence for which the people will have to overcome cultural, religious and regional barriers to emerge as one strong entity. “J&K has gone through very difficult times. We now have to take forward the agenda of Mufti Saab and script a new chapter of peace and amity in the state,” she said, while describing restoration of peace as the biggest challenges in J&K.
The Chief Minister was speaking after laying foundation stone of semi-automatic multi-level car parking facility at Super Bazaar, here today.
Addressing a large gathering, the Chief Minister said the present government reflects the aspirations of people who want to see a new era of development unfold in the state. For this, she said she needs support of people in building infrastructure linked to road connectivity, health, education and jobs. “I need peace so that I am able to repeat what Mufti Mohammad Sayeed did with great success when he was the Chief Minister of the state between 2002-2005,” she added.
The Chief Minister said she saw herself dwarfed in comparison to her father, who worked passionately for bringing equitable development in all the three regions of the state. She said whatever new infrastructure is coming up is an outcome of 10 months of sustained perseverance during his final tenure.
Linking development in J&K with sustained peace, the Chief Minister said opening of Suchetgarh and Baba Chamliyal routes will promote border tourism across the LoC in Jammu. “With banking facilities replacing barter trade, LoC commerce will get further fillip,” she added.
Asking people to take real ownership of their cultural assets, Mehbooba Mufti said with smarter and out-of-box planning, Jammu can emerge as a blend of heritage and modernity. She asked people to partner government’s efforts in creating more green spaces to add to city’s grandeur.
Fixing responsibility of ERA, the executing agency, to complete the car parking by March next year, the Chief Minister said laying of foundation stones should not be reduced to mere ceremonial exercises. “I will monitor the pace of work personally and see that the projects are completed within the stipulated timelines,” she stressed.
Taking a rewind to her college days at Jammu, Mehbooba Mufti said she became nostalgic by coming to the old city today where she used to travel many a times from Raghunath Bazaar, Purani Mandi up to Kachi Chawni.