There is good news for development of road infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir as the central government has approved eight new national highways in the state which will boost the network, and help people travel in a netter way. The new highways would also connect the pilgrimage towns in the state, and the approval of for the same has been given by centre. These state highways would be built with hundred per cent central funding for highway project. These will be built by National Highway Authority of India.
Three highways will be constructed in Kashmir, two in Ladakh, and three in Jammu region. In Jammu, the Jammu-Akhnoor-Nowshera-Rajouri-Poonch road will be named as NH No. 144-A and Batote-Chenani-Sudh Mahadev-Khelani-Doda-Kishtwar-Synthan-Khanabal will be called as NH No. 244, the Domail-Katra-Reasi-Pouni road will be called NH No. 144.
In Ladakh, the two highways would be built at Kargil – Zanskar, and Leh-Debring-Mulden in Leh.
In Kashmir valley, Baramulla-Rafiabad-Kupwara-Tanghdar has been named as NH No. 701, Baltal-Panchtarni-Chandanwari-Pahalgam-Batakut-Martand-Khanabal will be named as NH No. 501 and Srinagar-Shopian-Qazigund called NH No. 444.
The new roads were approved after a detailed study was done to connect the backward areas of the state, where the road connectivity is not good. Majority of the roads which will be constructed are in bad shape, and needed major upgradation.
Building of Domail, Katra road will be a major boost for the tourism trade because thousands of vehicle move on this road carrying pilgrims. All these roads experts tell are crucial to bring the entire state at par as far as road infrastructure is concerned.