The Chief Minister was addressing the welcome function organized in honour of the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi who arrived here alongwith Union Ministers, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ms. Mamata Benerjee, Union Ministers of State for Railways and in PMOs office, to inaugurate the Anantnag-Qazigund 18 kms. Rail-link.
Omar said that State Government would provide every help in making the situation conducive for resumption of State-Centre talks so that issues are politically addressed and resolved amicably relieving the State from the shadow of gun. “It is very important for us that an effective dialogue process takes place to deal with the political aspect of Jammu and Kashmir”, he said adding that the people of Jammu and Kashmir want to get rid of gun culture and live in a peaceful atmosphere.
The Chief Minister appreciated the intension indicated by the Union Home Minister, P. Chidambaram and Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh regarding restoration of internal dialogue. “We will render every help in this righteous task”, he said and wished all success for the same.
Omar said that there has been remarkable improvement in the security situation as is evident by the fact that there is no bullet proof glass-sheet between people and the Prime Minister at the dice. “This improvement has to be carried forward till permanent peace and tranquility is restored in the State”, he said.
Omar lauded the Prime Minister and UPA Chairperson for rendering highest financial support to the State during the past and currently. “We are highly thankful to both of you for the unprecedented help”, he said adding that the people of
Highlighting the importance of railway in the economic development of the State, the Chief Minister said that the railway is most important for a State like
By the inauguration of 18.359 Kms rail-link between Anatnag and Qazigund by the Prime Minister and UPA Chairperson, the 119 kms railway from Qazigund to Baramulla became operative. This railway project has been achieved with an expenditure of about Rs. 3250 crore. It possesses 62 major and 739 minor bridges besides 10 road over bridges. The longest bridge is of 435 meters at Veyth near Qazigund with 25 meters high pier. There has been 179.08 lakh cubic meter earth work in the construction of 119 kilometers long railway between Qazigund to Baramulla. It has 15 stations and connects Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama,