Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an economic package worth Rs 80,000 crore for the state of Jammu and Kashmir during his address at the Sher-e-Kashmir stadium in Srinagar on Saturday.
Expectations had been high about a possible announcement of a special economic package for Jammu and Kashmir that has been reeling from last year's devastating floods.
The J&K economic package is also meant to develop infrastructure in the state.
PM Modi said that his goal is to ensure that electricity reaches 18,000 villages in Jammu and Kashmir within 1000 days, according to ANI news agency. He also said that Leh and Ladakh should be powered by solar energy.
"I announced Rs.80000 crore package for J&K. With this package we wish to use solar energy plant to generate electricity in Leh &Ladakh," Modi said in Srinagar while inaugurating the 450 MW Baglihar Hydro Electric Project.
The economic package is likely to help the ruling BJP-People's Democratic Party government in the state win support amidst protests and anger over communal violence.
Modi's address in Srinagar was under heavy security, with Srinagar reportedly seeing curfew-like scenes on Saturday.
Mobile Internet services remained blocked in Srinagar from 10 am.
Several Hurriyat leaders were detained or put under house arrest following calls of protests against Modi's Kashmir visit.
MLA Engineer Rashid was reportedly detained by the police on Saturday for waving black flags ahead of PM Modi's visit.
J&K MLA Engineer Rashid detained by Police for waving black flags ahead of PM Modi's visit to J&K. pic.twitter.com/okYq1sB8Ab
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