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PM inaugurates development projects, addresses public meeting in Leh

PM Narendra Modi reached Leh Sunday morning and is slated to visit Srinagar and Jammu later during the day. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team Leh Feb 03, 2019, 11.37 AM (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for various development projects, worth nearly Rs 12,000 crore, at Leh in Ladakh.

The Prime Minister is on a day-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

"Once Bilaspur-Manali-Leh rail line is completed, the distance from Delhi to Leh will be reduced. It will also benefit the tourism sector. Protected Area Permit's validity has been increased to 15 days, now tourists will be able to enjoy their journey to Leh," said PM Modi in a public meeting in Leh.

"I’m happy that changes have been made to Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Act, & the council has been given more rights concerning the expenditures. Now the Autonomous Council releases the money sent for the region’s development," he added.

PM Modi also launched the University of Ladakh, the first-ever in the state's region. 

It will be the first-ever university in the Ladakh region of the state.

It will be a cluster university comprising degree colleges of Leh, Kargil, Nubra, Zanskar, Drass and Khaltsi.

Modi had earlier visited Jammu, Srinagar and Leh on May 19, 2018, to lay the foundation stones of various infrastructure projects in the state.

(With inputs from agencies)

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During his visit to the three regions of the state, Modi will launch different projects with a focus on healthcare, electrification and connectivity.