On a day-long Jammu and Kashmir visit to inaugurate developmental projects, two days after the government announced an unconditional Ramadan ceasefire in the state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked "misguided" Kashmiri youth to join "mainstream" India for a life with dignity.
Amid a separatist called shutdown and protest march and restrictions by authorities in Srinagar, Modi with a message of development and peace wrapped up in the evening his whirlwind trip that took him to all the three regions -- Ladakh, Kashmir Valley and Jammu.
He inaugurated 330 megawatt Kishenganga power house in Kashmir and a 41.2-km long Ring Road project to decongest Srinagar city, He started work on the Zojila Tunnel to provide an all-weather link to Ladakh and reduce the distance to the cold desert region by three hours from Srinagar.
In Jammu, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stones of the Pakul Dul Power Project and the four-lane 58.2-kilometre-long Jammu Ring Road. He also inaugurated the Tarakote Marg and Material Ropeway of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board to facilitate pilgrims visiting the shrine.
Before flying back home, the Prime Minister attended the Convocation of the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology in the winter capital.
As it happened:
स्वच्छ भारत अभियान के तहत पूरे देश को खुले में शौच से मुक्त करने का अभियान चलाया गया है। ये सिर्फ स्वच्छता से जुड़ा मामला नहीं है बल्कि ये महिलाओं के सम्मान का भी विषय है: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) May 19, 2018
विकास के लिए हमारा पूरा फोकस इंफ्रास्ट्रक्चर पर है, Highway, Railways, Waterways, iWays और Ropeways बनाने की तरफ है। सरकार की सोच स्पष्ट है, अगर सवा सौ करोड़ देशवासियों का जीवन स्तर ऊपर उठाना है तो पहले उसको सरल और सुगम बनाना होगा: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) May 19, 2018
जम्मू कश्मीर की जल धारा आने वाले समय में यहां कि विकास धारा को गति देने वाली है। एक हाइड्रो पावर प्रोजेक्ट राष्ट्र को समर्पित करना तो दूसरे का शिलान्यास करना, आज का ये दिन अद्भुत और यादगार दिन बन गया: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) May 19, 2018
7:00 pm: PM Modi lays foundation stone and inaugurate multiple development projects in Jammu and Kashmir
6:05 pm: Last year, due to the consistent efforts of farmers, agrarian scientists & the policies of the govt we were able to break all records of production in terms of wheat, rice & pulses: PM Narendra Modi
# J&K has the ability to reach all the peaks of development. I'm happy that more than 400 students have been awarded medals & certificates today. Special congratulations to daughters. Today, daughters are making us proud whether it be sports or academics: PM Narendra Modi
# "The mainstream is their family and parents. The mainstream is their participation in the development of the state. Every stone or weapon picked up by misguided youth injures their own. You will have to come out of this atmosphere. Not only for your future but for the future of Jammu and Kashmir. You will have to join the Indian mainstream.": PM Modi
# In partially-curfewed Srinagar where schools and colleges were closed for the day, Modi addressed a gathering at Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC), advising those youth who have lost their path to return to the mainstream.
# Zokjila tunnel is not just a construction project, it is a technological project. Will include an air chamber seven-times higher than Qutub Minar: PM
# All projects to be inaugurated today will help the state's economy: PM
# Jammu and Kashmir is going to get development projects worth Rs. 25,000 crore. These projects will have a positive impact on the people of the state: PM
# Zojila tunnel will save money and time for people in the region and increase opportunities for employment, giving a financial boom to the region: PM
# I am happy that today, I am visiting 3 regions of Jammu and Kashmir. After my visit to Leh, I will be going to Srinagar and there after to Jammu: PM
# PM Modi praises Leh political and diplomatic icon Kushok Bakula Rinpoche for his outstanding service for the region and nation. "During my Mongolia visit I witnessed the goodwill he has in that country," PM said.
# PM Modi begins his address after laying the foundation for Zojila tunnel in Leh
# PM inaugurates construction work for all-weather Zojila tunnel
# CM Mehbooba Mufti requests PM Modi to help build an international level indoor stadium to encourage winter sports in Leh, Ladakh
# Mebooba Mufti hails Zojila Tunnel as a boon for inter-region connectivity between Jammu, Kashmir and Leh
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with CM of Jammu & Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti arrived at the closing ceremony of birth centenary celebrations of 19th Kushok Bakula Rinpoche & the commencement of work on Zoji La Tunnel in #Leh. pic.twitter.com/Bgr4bQ3NDV— ANI (@ANI) May 19, 2018