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Union Budget and Development in Kashmir

In the union budget 2014, although Jammu division has got one IIT but Kashmir division has been completely neglected. It has got nothing except some grants to develop sports infrastructure. Although many people have demanded IIM in Kashmir division but that doesn’t seem to be what Kashmiris needs most because that is again going to displace Kashmiris and force them to work outside Kashmir. There are five Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) in India, which focus on science education and research in basic science. If an IISER is established in Kashmir, it will not only provide higher education but also some high-end job opportunities in the valley. There are already lot of people who study science here but don’t get opportunity to excel in the same. The government of Jammu and Kashmir also needs to setup a premier institute in state that will provide quality IT education on the lines of International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad. Again it will not only provide world class training to engineers but also create lakhs of job opportunities in the state. Of course, we will also have to develop both physical and digital infrastructure, high speed and reliable WiFi has to be a priority. Medical sector has to be a priority as well, like other states if AIIMS is established in the Jammu and Kashmir, it will help in promoting medical tourism here, which has lot of potential.

RoadInGeorgeThere have been lots of funds allocated for transportation, waterways are going to be revived and couple of states have also got metros. Although Srinagar and Jammu may not need a metro but it definitely needs better roads. There is traffic congestion, roads are narrow and even if we have to drive few kilometers in the city it is a nightmare. There is some road widening going on and few fly over have been proposed but the speed of development is very depressing. The vision of a wide road that goes via historical Jamia Masjid and Dast-i-geer Sahib was laid out by the previous generation. Even after one generation has passed the widening of this one kilometer stretch is still not complete. Decades have passed when the work on the Soura-Nagbal (90 feet) road had been initiated and even today neither there is street lighting nor any beautification has been done on this road. There are some state governments, which are planning for 245 feet roads with bicycle tracks, separate lanes for public, private transport, etc. but we are still not able to finish the projects that have been started many years back.

There is a lot of work for us to do and we have very little time left otherwise our generation will also not be able to see a developed Kashmir.