NEW DELHI: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Wednesday had a meeting with Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari here and discussed matters relating to the road communication sector in Jammu and Kashmir.
Underlining the importance of well built roads in a State like Jammu and Kashmir, presenting a mosaic of geographical diversity, hilly and inaccessible terrains, remoteness of areas and weather vagaries, Omar Abdullah highlighted the importance of this sector for overall development and economic welfare of the State.
The Chief Minister while emphasizing the need for early completion of 4-lane National Highway Project also laid stress on upgradation and improvement of existing Jammu-Srinagar National Highway as also the need of transferring maintenance of National Highway NH-1B Batote-Kishtwar road, Kargil-Zanaskar road and Domail-Katra road to J&K PWD, the matter already taken up by the State Government with the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
The Chief Minister raised the issue of construction of tunnels on various routes including a tunnel at Peer Ki Gali on Mughal Road, a tunnel to connect Singhpora in Kishtwar to Vailoo in Anantnag, a tunnel between Lolab and Bandipora and a tunnel connecting Sudh-Mahadev with Marmath in Doda district. The proposals for the construction of these tunnels have already been preferred to the Union Government.
The Chief Minister discussed the issue of declaration of Mughal Road as alternate National Highway. A proposal from the State Government in this regard is already with the Union Government.
Omar Abdullah also sought Central assistance for construction of five (5) Flyovers by NHAI at Shalteng, Sanantnagar, Kalibari, Greater Kailash and Bemina. He also discussed the allotment of funds to the State under Central Road Fund Scheme and sought its rationalization. He raised the issue of construction of two Ring Roads under NHDP in Jammu and Srinagar cities and urged for early taking up of these projects by NHAI.
The Chief Minister discussed the early completion of projects being implemented by Border Roads Organization and BEACON. He sought improvement and upgradation in the execution of projects by the Central Agencies mentioning the delays in completion of some projects.
Issues relating to PMGSY were also discussed in the meeting in addition to those pertaining to the sanctioning of special road projects for Jammu and Kashmir under the ‘Militancy Hit Project’ Scheme.