Shah to address Balaji Mandir’s inauguration in Jammu virtually from New Delhi today

Reddy, Dr Jitendra, Sinha, Subba to join physically
Centre lists lot of development works in J&K

Sanjeev Pargal

JAMMU, June 7: Union Home Minister Amit Shah will tomorrow address the opening ceremony of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam’s new Balaji Mandir at Majeen Sidhra on the outskirts of Jammu City virtually from New Delhi while Union Minister for Tourism GK Reddy, Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Dr Jitendra Singh, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and TTD chairman YV Subba Reddy will be present physically.
“Shah will join the inaugural ceremony of Balaji Mandir, which has been built at Majeen at the cost of about Rs 30 crore, through video conferencing from New Delhi tomorrow morning. He will also address the gathering,” official sources told the Excelsior.
He is expected to visit Jammu and Kashmir by the end of this month but the visit is yet to be confirmed officially. The date will be announced only when the visit is confirmed by the Home Minister.
Shah is expected to touch issues pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir during his address.
Union Minister for Tourism GK Reddy will reach here from Gujarat while Union Minister of State in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh will arrive from Uttar Pradesh. TTD Chairman YV Subba Reddy is expected to be here tonight. Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha reached here this evening from Srinagar.
All of them will be physically present at the inaugural ceremony of Balaji temple.
The TTD, as per the sources, also has a proposal for construction of a University.
Construction of Balaji Mandir in Jammu is expected to give boost to religious tourism. The Government expects that a large number of pilgrims visiting holy cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi Ji and Shiv Khori will also come to Jammu City to pay obeisance at Balaji temple.
On March 22 this year, Home Minister Amit Shah had virtually inaugurated Maa Sharda Devi temple at Teetwal in Kupwara district of the Kashmir valley.
He had stated that like Kartarpur Corridor, Government under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will move forward to open Sharda Peeth for devotees.
The Balaji temple, built on a 62-acre land at an estimated cost of Rs 30 crore, is set to become one of the largest temples in the Jammu region and is expected to boost religious and pilgrimage tourism in the Union Territory.
It will be the sixth Balaji Temple constructed outside of Andhra Pradesh, with the TTD having previously built temples in Hyderabad, Chennai, Kanyakumari, Delhi and Bhubaneswar.
The temple falls on the route between Jammu and Katra, where Mata Vaishno Devi temple is located.
The TTD is building Balaji Temples all over the country so that those who are unable to visit the Tirupati Balaji Temple in Andhra Pradesh, can visit these temples in their cities.
Meanwhile, a series of tweets by the Government of India on Jammu and Kashmir today said Rs 5800 crore plus worth projects in sectors like Road, Power, Health, Education, Tourism etc have been carried out in the Union Territory.
The tweets titled ‘Developing Jammu and Kashmir, Ensuring Multi Sectoral Growth’ said Rs 1300 crore Business Revival Package has been approved for the Union Territory.
“Hundred percent saturation in 17 beneficiary-centric schemes has been achieved including Saubhagya, Ujala, Ujjwala and Indradhanush. As many as 17601 kilometer roads have been constructed under Prime Minister’s Grameen Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) connecting 2074 places in Jammu and Kashmir,” the tweet said.
On Vibrant Villages Programmes, it said Rs 4800 crore financial allocation has been made from 2022-23 to 2025-26 and 2967 villages will be developed in 19 districts along the Northern border.