Indian PM will chair ‘extensive’ security review in Srinagar

Modi will pay first official visit to Kashmir on July 4

NEW DELHI, India – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a first official visit to Indian-held Kashmir on July 4 after assuming powerful seat at New Delhi, local news services reported on Saturday.

In Srinagar, the Indian prime minister will chair ‘extensive’ security review with senior officials at the headquarters of the Indian Army’s 15 Corps. Besides army officers, Governor NN Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah will also attend the meeting.

Senior ‘security’ officials would brief Modi about the latest situation on the internal security front and at the Line of Control. The Hindu newspaper reported that the return and rehabilitation of the Kashmiri migrants would also figure in the discussion in Srinagar.

Before the meeting in Srinagar, Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to flag off the inaugural train at the newly-constructed Katra Railway Station — the base camp of Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrimage in Reasi district. The 25km Udhampur-Katra rail track has been cleared for passenger operations after a series of the trial runs.

The visiting prime minister is also scheduled to inaugurate the 240 megawatt Uri-II hydroelectric power project in district Baramulla, close to the Line of Control. Last year, former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh was expected to inaugurate the project, but the programme was cancelled following technical snag in the project during trial run.

Also, the Indian government has agreed to start direct phone link to at designated points at the Line of Control. Apart from the direct phone link, full body truck scanners, enhancement of cash amount to be carried by the Kashmiri passengers and up-gradation of infrastructure at the trade facilitation centres are all lined-up.

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