Groundbreaking: AJK's longest bridge to facilitate commuters, revive tourism

Published: March 12, 2012

PM initiates two development projects worth Rs5.79 billion. PHOTO: APP/ FILE

MIRPUR: Prime Minister (PM) Yousaf Raza Gilani was present in Mirpur on Monday, where he laid the foundation stones of two development projects, most notably the Rs4.23 billion Hazrat Meeran Shah Bridge.

The bridge, approximately seven kilometres in length, will be the longest bridge in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and will connect Mirpur city with Islamgarh town.

It is being constructed in the wake of the Mangla Dam Raising Project and is expected to be completed by August 2014.

It is expected that the bridge will reduce the distance between Mirpur and Islamgarh from 23 to seven kilometres, besides opening up new avenues for tourism in the area.

Apart from that, the bridge will also reduce the travelling time between Mirpur and Kotli district.

Speaking on the occasion, the PM said the welfare of people in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) is the top priority of the government.

In addition to that, he held the groundbreaking ceremony of a new campus of Mirpur University of Science and Technology, which will be built in Jari Kass at an estimated cost of Rs1.56 billion. The project will be funded by the Higher Education Commission and the AJK Council.

Addressing the participants, the PM urged students to work hard to overcome the current challenges.

Quoting Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the PM advised students to concentrate on gaining knowledge and education.

Highlighting the importance of political awareness, he called it an essential part of education

In addition to that, the PM announced an airport for Mirpur city, saying that it would be “a milestone for the city’s development.”

He also announced Rs70 million for upgradation of Poonch Medical College, which has been established by the government of UAE. The funds, he said, will be disbursed over two years.

Apart from that, the PM inaugurated a rebroadcasting station of Pakistan Television in Bhimber and directed the information minister to shift Tarar Khal Radio Station from Rawalpindi to Poonch.

He lauded the role of media in highlighting the plight of people in AJK and announced Rs10 million for Mirpur Press Club.

“My visit to AJK gives me a sense of satisfaction every time and invigorates in me the spiritual bond between the people of Pakistan and AJK,” he said.

The PM was accompanied by Minister for Information and Broadcastinf Firdous Ashiq Awan, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, Minister for Information Technology Changeiz Khan Jamali, AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, AJK President Yaqoob Khan and other federal government officials.

With additional input from APP

Reader Comments (3)

  • Babloo
    Mar 14, 2012 - 1:48AM

    So it looks like many stones were laid during this visit.

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  • shak
    Mar 14, 2012 - 6:40PM

    I hope the “sang-e-bunyaad” actually leads to a bridge and a university.

    more than two decades I saw a sign near a mirpur chauk of “sang-e-bunyaad” of a library. I was excited to have a library in mirpur. After such a long time, I don’t know of any public library and even the sign is probably gone.

    Mipur is a very wealthly city, however, everyone spends it on building bigger mansions and weddings/jewelry and clothes. If the foreigners stop coming for a year, the city’s economy would collapse. They need more industry as a second source of revenue for the public.

    Unfortunately, the politics are bradari dominated, Chaudharies, Sardars, Rajas, and Rajputs only look out for their own and undermined everyone else. As usual the most corrupt people run for office, the only honest politician I have ever heard of was Malik Majeed but he never won anything of significance

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  • Mar 14, 2012 - 7:19PM

    PM said the welfare of people in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) is the top priority of the government. Same dialogue as in Balochistan. Only rhetoric but no actions. Where is the budget and sanction for this bridge? AJK leaders nod their heads like goats.

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