Eight new national highways have been approved by the Central government to spread vast road network and improve road connectivity in Jammu and Kashmir. The new highways would link the pilgrimage towns of Katra and Reasi, the base camps of Mata Vaishno Devi and Shiv Khori shrine, Baltal and Pahalgam, the base camps of Shri Amarnath ju shrine, Akhnoor and Sudh Mahadev in Jammu, border towns of Zanskar and Leh in Ladakh region and backward towns of Kupwara and Tanghdar in Kashmir.
According to the official sources that the Centre Government has communicated its approval to the state government on construction of new Highways in J&K. The centre will be funding for the highway projects to be constructed by the National Highway Authority of India. Three new Highways each have been approved for Jammu and Kashmir regions and two for Ladakh.
Three new Highways approved in Jammu include Domail-Katra-Reasi-Pouni, which has been named as NH No.144, Jammu-Akhnoor-Nowhsera-Rajouri-Poonch, which has been names as NH 144-A and Batote-Chenani-Sudh Mahadev-Khelani-Doda-Kishtwar-Synthan-Khanabal which will be called NH 244.
Two new Highways approved in Ladakh region are Kargil-Zanskar in Kargil district, which has been named as NH 301 and Leh-Debring-Mulden in Leh district, which has been named as NH 3. Three Highways approved for the Kashmir valley are Baramulla-Rafiabad-Kupwara-Tanghdar, which has been named as Nh 701, Baltal-Panchtarni-Chandanwari-Pahalgam-Batakut-Martand-Khanabal which has been named as Nh 501 and Srinagar Shopian Qazigund which will be called NH 444.
The Highways have been approved after a study spanning over six months to improve road infrastructure in pilgrim and border towns and backward areas of the State as per sources. The Highway work will be completed as early as possible and the Centre will bear entire cost of their construction.