Baramulla: Taking PDP leadership to task for duping their voters by remaining absent from the legislature proceedings and denying their constituents the democratic right to be heard in the highest forum of the State, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Saturday asked the people to ensure permanent eviction of PDP legislators from the Legislative Assembly in next general elections.
“PDP leadership love to remain away from Assembly and prefer talking outside of it, they should be given full opportunity of this nature during the six years following general elections”, he said adding that they need to be replaced by the persons who are public friends and enthusiastic to serve people meaningfully and making government answerable on all fronts. Omar Abdullah told this to a large public gathering here after inaugurating a Power Grid Station at Delina.
The Chief Minister told the people to teach a befitting lesson to PDP legislators including those from Baramulla, Sangrama and Pattan for ignoring their legitimate duty to highlight public grievances in the Legislature and getting relief for them. “These people deserve to be kept out of the legislature business as they themselves prefer this style of functioning”, he added.
Expressing surprise over the bizarre and brazen approach of Pen-Inkpot (election symbol of PDP) Party legislators for remaining in the vanguard in receiving those who return from PoK under the Rehabilitation Policy formulated and implemented by his Government with the consent of Union Government.
Omar said that PDP and its legislators when in power, torpedoed the Resolution brought by MLA Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami and supported by National Conference in the Legislative Assembly for honourable return of youth, who had gone to PoK but had not taken gun to indulged in violence. “PDP denied the youth of Kashmir the chance of return and to live a peaceful life despite raising false slogan of ‘Healing Touch”, he said adding that when opportunity came to PDP’s way to deliver on the promises they, failed miserably which is amply visible before the people.
“Now, under the appeasement attitude which is the trait of this party (PDP), its legislators are seen in front row to welcome those returning from PoK”, he said and cited the example of a PDP MLA who was seen in the front while receiving Liyaqat Khan. He also reminded the people of the announcement made by PDP Patron Mufti Mohammad Sayed in Ganderbal as the then Chief Minister asking gun-wielding youth to surrender saying “your representatives (PDP leadership) have come to the power”.
The Chief Minister said that all are witness to the miserable treatment these youth got during the tenure of Mufti Mohammad Sayed Government. “Not only this, their next of kin and family members were black listed for grant of passports and government employment by the PDP leadership who unfortunately talked about healing touch from the top of their voice”, Omar said adding that his Government in real sense soothed their wounds by delisting the families of militants from the black list and providing opportunity of return to those who had not resorted to violence and guns.
Omar Abdullah said that PDP leadership only cried hoarse on important issues and raised hollow slogans to appease people. “But it was my Government which delivered positively and effectively to provide relief to people and address political and development matters with commitment and without making any noise”, he said.
The Chief Minister announced Rs. 3 crores for the construction of Jati Bridge in Baramulla, he announced Rs. 3 crores for land acquisition for the development of Kanispora Vegetable and Fruit Mandi. The Chief Minister also announced transfer of 90 kanals of land from Horticulture Department to Fruit Mandi Sopore for development of Truck Terminal and other facilities. He mentioned the positive role of Minister for Horticulture, Raman Bhalla in helping the transfer of land to the Sopore Fruit Mandi.
Omar Abdullah also announced Rs. 2 crore for Hardpora Grid Station. He also gave nod to establishment of Industrial Pak in Baramulla for which he asked the concerned department to identify suitable area for developing a modern industrial park. He also announced Rs. 60 lakh for Botapathri Water Supply Scheme Phase-II.
The Legislator and Provincial President National Conference, Kashmir, Nasir Aslam Wani, Member Parliament, Mohammad Shafi Uri, legislators, Mohammad Ashraf and Javid Dar and former Minister and MP, A. R. Sheen were present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister announced ANM Training Institute to be made functional in the Old Baramulla Hospital besides new Childcare Ward and Gyane Unit in the new District Hospital Baramulla.
Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated Rs. 82.70 crore Grid Station and its feeding 220 kV double circuit Zainkote-Amargarh transmission line at Delina.
With an inauguration of this scheme the net available capacity of transmission in the Northern region of Kashmir will get enhanced from present 160 MWs capacity to 300 MWs. It will help to benefit the whole North Kashmir comprising a population of over 15 lakhs besides supplying power in the area at improved voltage and reliability. It will also relieve Grid Station Zainakote of overloading and augment supply of electricity in parts of Budgam and Srinagar districts as well.
The Zainakote-Amargarh 220 kV Transmission Line is first of its kind in the Valley wherein specially designed multi-circuit towers carrying four circuits of 220 kV Voltage level simultaneously, have been used. The multi circuit towers have been designed with the help of Central Electricity Authority to overcome space constraints in Hunjik (Shariafabad areas).
On the commissioning of this Grid Station and Transmission Line, the receiving stations of 33/11 KV through two number 33 KV Wagura and Delina feeders are Sangrama, Wagura, Khoore, Hardichiloo and Delina.
As an advance action two number 220 kV Line Bays at the Grid Station have been constructed to evacuate tower from upcoming 330 MWs Kishanganga Hydel Power Station.


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