LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 3 years later, big projects in PM’s J&K development plan are stuck Delay in submitting final project reports, land acquisition, forest clearances and release of funds from the Centre NAVEED IQBAL SRINAGAR, AUGUST 26 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE A suitable governor BY RAM MADHAV FROM AN IIM in Jammu to an AIIMS in Awantipora, from key arterial roads in the Jammu and Kashmir regions to the Zozila tunnel in Ladakh. At least 28 big-ticket projects — each worth Rs 1,000 crore or more — in the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) for J&K announced nearly three years ago remain stuck at various stages, official records accessed by The Indian Express show. The package was announced on November 7, 2015, nine PROJECT J&K STAT U S R E P O RT PART 1 months after the PDP-BJP government took charge in the state. That government collapsed in June this year after the BJP withdrew support, making way for Governor’s rule. On August 21, the Centre named Satya Pal Malik as the new Governor — the first politician to be appointed to the post since the beginning of militancy. Most of the mega projects (see chart, page 9) under the PDMP are struggling to make progress due to various reasons, including preparation of detailed project reports, land acquisition, forest clearances and even release of funds from the Centre. Most of these projects are in infrastructure-related sectors and have a gestation period of 35 years. They are worth a total of Rs 69,178 crore, which is over 86 per cent of the total PMDP outlay of Rs 80,068 crore. Roads and 28 PROJECTS, 86% OF TOTAL Amounts in Rs/crore Roads 26,559 Tunnels 14,090 Power 11,721 IIMs & AIIMS 6,000 Infrastructure 3,200 Flood management 2,528 Tourism 2,000 Rehabilitation of 2,000 displaced families Jobs 1,080 Note: Projects worth Rs 1,000 crore or more CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Indian women mark silver streak: How Maharashtra govt Hima, Dutee make it two in a day and private doctors united to help rural poor ANURADHA MASCARENHAS PUNE, AUGUST 26 EXPRESSAT ASIAN GAMES book on its fourth-place disillusionment, a nation that waves away every conceivable lip-biting let-down with a “koi nahin”, ■At Shirur tehsil in Pune district, farmer Manik Ghavte’s three-year-old son Aarush got to hear his mother’s voice for the first time after he was given a cochlear implant a month ago. ■ A growing cyst near her cheek bone had disfigured the face of a 35-year-old woman from Nandurbar and had begun to obstruct her breathing until she underwent a surgery conducted free of cost at Pune’s Sassoon Hospital. ■ It has been a year since CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SHIVANI NAIK JAKARTA, AUGUST 26 FOR AN entire generation of young Indians, P T Usha has been a reverential chapter in a textbook, albeit asterisked with Olympic disappointment. But on Sunday, Jakarta beamed pure, surging speed into Indian TV screens — young Dutee Chand and the younger Hima Dutee Chand (left, 100m) and Hima Das (400m) won silver for India in Jakarta, Sunday. PTI Das made the promise of gold at the finish seem so seductive that the silver barely carried the sigh of a lost final. A country that can fill up a Maha Aarogya screening camps, sponsored surgeries TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MANN KI BAAT WRITES TO PM Entire country with Kerala: PM Don’t wipe out Nehru’s role: Manmohan on Teen Murti Kerala CM says UAE aid is not about money but willingness to accept SOWMIYA ASHOK Arun Janardhanan The road through Idukki arch dam, Saturday. This road passes through Cheruthoni dam and has been opened for public vehicles. With Cheruthoni bridge damaged, this is the first time public vehicles are passing the high-security zone. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, AUGUST 26 IN THE backdrop of the political spat in India over the UAE’s purported offer of Rs 700 crore in aid for Kerala’s flood relief and rehabilitation efforts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday reiterated that the “entire nation” was with the state, and that “125 crore Indians stand by them, shoulder to shoulder”. Addressing the nation in his Mann Ki Baat radio programme, Modi said: “From Kutch to Kamrup, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, everyone is endeavouring to contribute in some way or the other so that wherever a disaster strikes, be it Kerala or any other part ofIndia, human life returns to normalcy. Irrespective ofage group or area ofwork, people are contributing.” The Prime Minister did not CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Village battling Islamic State tag leads relief work ARUN JANARDHANAN IDUKKI, AUGUST 26 IN MAY 2016, after over 25 people from Kerala fled to Afghanistan to join the Islamic State (IS), Padanna, a village in the north Kerala district of Kasargod, earned the uncharitable tag of being the “IS’s recruitment hub” — a majority of those who left were from Padanna. Now, nearly 100 youngsters from the same Muslim-majority village are among the many such groups who are playing a major role in helping Kerala recover from the devastation of the recent floods. At least five ofthese youngsters said they trimmed their beards and avoided other “obvious symbols” before coming to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, AUGUST 26 IN A strongly worded letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has raised concerns over what he described as an “agenda” to “change the nature and character” of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) and the Teen Murti complex. Stating that Jawaharlal Nehru belongs “not just to the Congress” but to the “entire nation,” Singh has asked that the Teen Murti complex be left “undisturbed”. In the letter sent last week, Singh invoked former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and said that under Vajpayee’s six-year tenure as PM, “there was absolutely no attempt made to change the nature and character of the NMML and the Teen Murti complex in any way. But sadly, that seems to be part of the agenda of the Government of India now.” Singh’s letter comes amidst the controversy surrounding the Government’s plans to set up a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 3 GUJARAT HARDIK FAST DAY 2: TMC, RJD BACK HIM ● Building collapses in Ahmedabad, 10 feared buried
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