Better road connectivity imperative for faster economic development: Kohli

Minister chairs review meeting; Takes appraisal of progress on major road connectivity projects

JAMMU, FEBRURAY 02: Pitching for early completion of various road works in Kalakote Constituency of Rajouri district, Minister for Animal & Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Abdul Gani Kohli, said better road connectivity is correlated with economic development as it promotes access to economic and social services.

The Minister said this while chairing a meeting of officers of Public Works Department and PMGSY, convened to review the progress on major road network development works taken up for execution in Kalakote constituency during this fiscal here today.

The Minister said lack of road connectivity is one of the major infrastructural deficiencies in the remote districts. He said improvement in connectivity will help increase government out-reach to people living in remote areas, adding that availability of services would help in enhancing agricultural incomes and employment opportunities.

Enjoining upon officers to work with utmost dedication and in coordinated manner, the Minister asked all concerned authorities to ensure that the works are completed within stipulated time frame. He further exhorted upon officers to ensure that no compromise are made on quality of materials being used during the execution process.

The Minister directed the concerned authorities to immediately initiate the process for taking up these projects for execution at the earliest. It was given out in the meeting that more 9 projects at a cost of Rs 86.13 crore for up-gradation and blacktopping of roads have been taken up with the central government for funding. The Minister directed the authorities to follow up the case vigorously so that the funds are released accordingly.

Chief Engineer PMGSY, officials from allied agencies, Engineers of various wings were also present in the meeting.

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