Rs 1200 crore plan for beautification of rural areas in J

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Srinagar, Mar 28 (UNI) The Jammu and Kashmir government has drawn up an ambitious plan of Rs 1200 crore to develop and beautify rural areas in tandem with urban areas in the state.

The plan being implemented from April this year would help in speedy development of backward areas, Minister for Rural Development Mula Ram said while inspecting on going development works in Ganderbal district today.

He said efforts were underway to implement Panchayat Raj in the state like other states of the country to decentralise powers at Panchayat level.

He said 119 villages were being developed as model villages in the state at a cost of Rs 120 crore.

He said four villages of Khanparun, Shalbugh, Tilar and Napora were being developed as model villages involving an expenditure of Rs four crore.

While inspecting development works, Mula Ram was informed that Rs 3.42 crore stand utilised on various development activities in these villages. He was apprised that under SGRY 660 works have been taken up at a cost of Rs 2.75 crore of which 540 works stand completed with an expenditure of Rs 2.32 crore.

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