Amid red alert, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a two-day visit to Jammu to lay the foundation stone of Asia's longest bi-directional tunnel-- the Zojila tunnel and inaugurate a hydro-electric project apart from other several events.
On his arrival in Jammu, Modi tweeted: "I thank the wonderful people of Leh for the warm welcome. I am delighted to be here."
The 14.2 km tunnel is expected to provide all-weather connectivity between Srinagar, Kargil and Leh as this route remain snow-laden for the most part of the year. It will also cut down the time taken to cross the Zojila Pass to just 15 minutes. Currently, it takes over three hours to cross the Pass.
Multi-tier security arrangements have been put in place and all necessary measures had been taken for the prime minister’s visit, IGP Jammu zone, S D Singh Jamwal told reporters in Jammu on Friday.
In view of the security concern amid reports of five suspected militants having infiltrated from across the International Border in Kathua district, Jamwal said they had searched the entire area and would deal with it.
The security forces had been on put on high alert in Jammu and checking and frisking were being done at various entry and exit points, he added.
Here are the LIVE updates:
# 06:30 PM: Today I unveiled a plaque which marks the commencement of work for the Zojila tunnel. This tunnel will provide all-weather connectivity between Srinagar, Kargil and Leh. It will also be of great strategic importance.
# 05:35 PM: 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 in Jammu
# 03:02 PM: There is no substitute for peace & stability. I urge the youth who have lost their way to return to the mainstream. The mainstream is their parents and family. The mainstream is their contribution to the development of J&K: PM Modi.
# 03:01 PM: I am thankful to PM Modi that he thought about us and announced a unilateral ceasefire in Kashmir during Ramzan. We expected that we will get the same response from Pak but unfortunately, we didn't get it: CM Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar.
I am thankful to PM Modi that he thought about us and announced an unilateral ceasefire in Kashmir during Ramzan. We expected that we will get the same response from Pak but unfortunately we didn't get it: Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar pic.twitter.com/Yuf0SDBeqb— ANI (@ANI) May 19, 2018
# 02:51 PM: Our govt is working for the ecosystem that is required for the development of tourism. There will be an increase in tourists in J&K with a stronger ecosystem. The youths of the state will get new employment opportunity with it: Modi in Srinagar.
# 02:32 PM: Jammu and Kashmir: PM Narendra Modi dedicates Srinagar's Kishanganga Hydropower Station to the nation.
# 12:01 PM: There is great scope for agricultural growth across the state of Jammu and Kashmir. This state can play a key role when it comes to helping further holistic healthcare, says Modi.
# 11:46 AM: 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, says PM Modi in Leh.
# 10:59 AM: PM Narendra Modi pays tribute to Kushok Bakula Rinpoche at the closing ceremony of birth centenary celebrations of Rinpoche in Leh.
# 10:50 AM:
# 10:47 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with CM of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti arrived at the closing ceremony of birth centenary celebrations of 19th Kushok Bakula Rinpoche and the commencement of work on Zoji La Tunnel in Leh.
Apart from inaugurating a hydro-electricity project, Modi will also join the 1ooth birth anniversary celebrations of Ladakhi spiritual leader Kushak Bakula.
Modi will also participate in the sixth convocation ceremony of the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST), lay foundation of the ring road and inaugurate the Tarakote Marg, the alternative link road to the cave shrine of Vaishno Devi.
The Zorawar Singh and the SKUAST auditoriums, where the PM would be presiding over the functions, had been made out of bounds and multi-tier security in and around the areas was in place under the command of the SPG, Jamwal said.