JAMMU, May 29: Asserting that no power on earth can now stop this UT from touching hew heights of development, peace and progress, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Monday said that J&K UT is at a cusp in its development trajectory.
“We have broken fresh grounds to enable faster growth. We are now at a stage where we need to accelerate this growth, make it more inclusive and convert the UT's potential into reality,” said the Lt Governor.
The Lieutenant Governor said “Our cities are being developed as smart cities and our villages are also witnessing major development.”
Addressing the gathering after inaugurating t Zoo at Nagrota in Jammu, the Lieutenant Governor said that Jammu is changing like Kashmir and round the clock development is taking place across J&K UT, adding, “No power on earth can now stop J&K from touching new heights of development”.
At the inaugural event, the Lt Governor spoke on the developmental journey of J&K and highlighted the efforts to develop better facilities for the locals as well as for the visiting tourists and improving the quality of living for all.
The J&K UT is fast moving ahead on the path of progress, peace and prosperity, the LG
reiterated. Referring to Jambo Zoo, the LG said, “Today, we have a largest zoo of North India, which is spread over 3200 kanals of land, and it will give a big boost to tourism in J&K”.
The LG added that in days to come, the Jambo Zoo will be among the topmost zoos of India. “This much awaited addition to the tourist destinations of J&K UT (Jambo Zoo), spread over 70 ha area in the phase-1, was taken up under Languishing Project and it shall attract both local residents and tourists visiting J&K UT,” the LG said.
The Lt Governor also reiterated the commitment of J&K Government to empower every section of the society, especially the youth in achieving the goals of sustainable and inclusive development.
“Our youth are the architects of New Jammu Kashmir and we are seeing steady rise in youth entrepreneurs, who are working with dedication to build a prosperous society and preserve our civilizational-cultural values and our commitment to peace,” he observed.
Within just one year, more than 82,000 business units have been established, providing 2.85 lakh youth with direct employment opportunities. Under Mission Youth, we have extended handholding to 70,000 young boys and girls to become self-reliant, said the Lt Governor.
The Lt Governor said the historic G20 Summit and reformative youth-centric endeavours of the UT Government have opened up endless opportunities for the socio-economic empowerment of the youth of Jammu Kashmir.
“With successful conduct of G20 Summit, J&K UT has entered a new era of opportunities. It is a rare moment and world is applauding J&K's saga of development. We must work together to keep pace with rest of the states and contribute to the significant task of Viksit Bharat 2047,” the LG said.
“We must work together to keep pace with rest of the states and contribute to the significant task of Viksit Bharat 2047,” he added.
Later, the LG Manoj Sinha also announced that no entry fee will be charged from the people visiting Jambo Zoo for one complete month. He also announced that the Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams will be dedicated to the people on June 8.
Sinha said under the Languishing Project, J&K UT has successfully completed 1500 projects which were pending since the last 10 to 20 years.
The scenic beauty around the first-of-its-kind full-fledged zoo in the UT will make it a unique tourist destination and has the potential to boost tourism in the region, he reiterated.
“We are now at a stage where we need to accelerate this growth, make it more inclusive and convert the UT's potential into reality,” said the Lt Governor.
Bharat Bhushan, Chairperson DDC Jammu and Jugal Kishore Sharma, Member Parliament also spoke on the occasion and expressed gratitude to the Lt Governor led UT Administration for dedicating the Jambu Zoo to the public and giving impetus to the development of the J&K UT.
Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary called for exploring all the possibilities to make Jambu Zoo one of the finest in India.
Dheeraj Gupta, Principal Secretary, Forest Department and Suresh Kumar Gupta, PCCF / Chief Wildlife Warden, J&K, gave a detailed briefing on the key highlights of the Jambu Zoo.