Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Sat Sharma today met the Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri and flagged several important issues relating to the Housing and Urban sector in the State.Sat Sharma while discussing the implementation of the smart city projects in the State called for changing the funding pattern from the existing 50-50 (50 state and 50 centre) to 90:10 wherein the centre would be providing 90% of the funding and the state share would be 10%. He said that the same would ensure that the speed of the implementation of the scheme is speeded up and it is completed within the stipulated time frame.The Minister also called for inclusion of more towns of the state under the flagship scheme of AMRUT so that the holistic development of the Jammu and Kashmir can be undertaken and people provided with quality facilities of modern housing needs.
Mr. Sat Sharma also apprised the Union Minister about the critical issues of the Housing sector and pleaded for extension of more central schemes and funds to the state so that pace of development in Jammu and Kashmir gets a flip. He said that the Union government has been quite liberal in sanctioning of developmental funds to the state especially in the Housing and Urban Development and hoped that the same would continue.He also extended an invitation to the Union Minister for visiting the state in the month of June and also undertaking a comprehensive review of the schemes being implemented in Housing and Urban Development sector and also the projects completed.Financial Commissioner Housing and Urban Development, Mr. K. B. Aggarwal was accompanying the Minister.