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AJK Govt to launch international airport and a bullet train

The bullet train will operate between Muzaffarabad and Islamabad

Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan on Thursday, announced to build an international airport in Azad Kashmir and launch a bullet train connecting AJK to Islamabad.

 “A bullet train project from Islamabad to Muzaffarabad will be started,” PM AJK said while addressing the AJK Legislative Assembly. He, however, did not reveal the additional details of the project such as the cost of the project or its timeline.

According to the reports, the bullet train will operate between Muzaffarabad and Islamabad. Sardar Tanveer, during his address, announced several other projects as well, including establishing a state-of-the-art international airport in AJK.

“A private airline would be launched in Azad Kashmir, while an international airport will be established,” the Prime Minister added.

He further acknowledged the assistance provided by the national security agencies for the budget cut issue.

The steps will give AJK government a lead on other federating units in the up-gradation of mass public transport facilities.

Developmental Projects Announced by AJK PM

In addition to the establishment of a state-of-the-art international airport in AJK, the premier also revealed his plans for the establishment of the following other developmental projects:

  • A private airline in AJK.
  • A Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for women
  • Rs. 340 million was allocated for the journalists and media industry
  • Rs. 500 million was allocated for setting up a cottage industry in AJK
  • Establishment of a 500-bed hospital in Mirpur that will be equipped with modern healthcare equipment.
  • Living allowance of the refugees to be increased by Rs1500
  • Launching of three IT training centers in different cities in AJK.

Sardar Tanveer also announced that there would be no additional burden on the citizens in the form of an electricity tariff price hike in Azad Kashmir for the next one year or so.

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