Vigil and progress: Modi to launch mega projects in Jammu today

Vishal Bharti
Jammu, May 18: With the buzz of development and security, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a host of mega projects during his flying visit to the winter capital on Saturday, according to official sources here.
Security has been stepped up in the winter capital ahead of VVIP Movement and the venues have been seized by the teams of Special Protection Group (SPG) taking care of Prime Minister’s Security.
Patrols are being conducted by the Central Reserve Police Force and Border Security Force as Pakistan is firing heavily along the borders in Jammu and Samba districts.
So far, a BSF jawan has been martyred and five civilians were killed in the firing. Army choppers are also maintaining day and night vigil in the region.
The Prime Minister will also honour scholars at the Sixth Convocation of Sher-e-Kashmir Agricultural University for Science and Technology, Jammu.
The foundation of Jammu Ring Road is among the major projects to be launched formally by the Prime Minister.
The executing agency of the project is the National Highways Authority of India, the sources said, adding the 58.25 km long road project would be constructed between Rayamorh-Vijaypur in Samba district to Jagti-Nagrota in Jammu district.
They said that the road project is expected to be completed in around three years time at an estimated cost of Rs 2,024 crore.
The ring road, named the ‘Stand Alone Ring Road-Bypass Around Jammu city,’ is aimed to usher in substantial socio-economic growth of the area.
The Ring Road project will traverse through around 60 villages, across two districts and reduce wear and tear of vehicles and facilitate smooth and hassle-free movement of traffic with provisions of eight major, 22 minor bridges, six flyovers and two tunnels measuring seven to eight km in length, the sources added.
The ring road would also facilitate movement of army traffic carrying heavy machinery to borders and strategically important areas of Poonch, Rajouri, Nowshera and Akhnoor, they added.
Modi will also inaugurate Material Ropeway from Siarh Labri to Bhawan for the ropeway project to be constructed from Bhawan to Bhairon Ghati, the sources said.
They said the trial runs of the ropeway will be conducted from May 25 for nearly 20 days.
Modi will also inaugurate Tarakote Marg, an alternate seven km track to the Vaishno Devi shrine, on May 19, which on May 13, was thrown open for the pilgrims .
In view of shifting of cabins of the upcoming Bhawan-Bhairon Ghati passenger ropeway from Adhkuwari to Bhawan, the Himkoti Track also remained closed for the movement of pilgrims from 10th -14th May.
The Shrine Board official spokesman said that the Bhawan-Bhairon Ghati Passenger Ropeway Project is at an advanced stage of completion and will be put to trial run shortly.
‘The work on this highly important infrastructure project of the Shrine Board has been undertaken by a joint venture between M/s Garaventa AG, Switzerland and M/s Damodar Ropeways Construction Co. (P) Ltd., Kolkata under the supervision of Rail India Technical and Economic Services,’ the sources said and added that the equipment and cabins of the ropeway have been imported from Switzerland.
Fully equipped with all safety norms as per relevant standards, the Passenger Ropeway has a carrying capacity of 800 persons per hour and with its completion, pilgrims to the holy cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi will be able to fulfil their wish of paying obeisance at Bhairon Temple which was earlier difficult, owing to a steep climb to an altitude of 6,600 feet.
The Prime Minister shall also lay the foundation of 1,000 MW Pakal Dul hydro electric project at a function to be held at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium, University of Jammu.
The project with the capacity of 1,000 MW is being constructed in the far-flung Kishtwar district on the tributary of Chenab river, the Marusudar, said the sources.
They said that the project is expected to be completed in an estimated time of 66 months at a cost of Rs 8,112 crores.
This project is being constructed by Chenab Valley Power Projects Private Ltd.-a joint venture company between National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd.-a Govt of India Enterprise, Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation Ltd and Power Trading Corporation(India) Ltd formed to harness the vast hydro potential of river Chenab in Jammu and Kashmir.
The authorised share capital of the company is Rs 2,500 crores.
CVPP has been entrusted with construction of the projects on Build, Own, Operate and Maintain (BOOM) basis with aggregate capacity of 2164 MW which include Pakal Dul Hydro Electric Project1000 MW; Kiru Hydro Electric Project of 624 MW and Kwar Hydro Electric Project with the capacity of 540 MW.
The project would have a 167 metre high concrete faced rock fill dam, two head race tunnels each of 7.2 metre dia horse shoe/circular shaped and 9.6 km long.
There shall be 2 surge shafts 13 metre with a dia 291 metre high.
The project would be equipped with an underground power house having 4 units of 250 MW each and the annual Energy Generation would be 3330.18 MU.
Modi will also honour more than 400 students in different disciplines at the Sixth Convocation of Sher-e-Kashmir Agriculture University of Science and Technology at the University Campus in R S Pura. (UNI)