The most prestigious project of Jammu “Ring Road” is likely to miss its deadline which was fixed by January 2021. This slow pace of work has lead to the completion of only 27 percent of the work in the last 19 months of its commencement.
National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), has fixed its deadline for January 2021 but now we will not be able to see its completion till then. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 19 last year has laid its foundation stone.
The road will start from Raya Morh on the NH-44 (Pathankot-Jammu highway) in Samba district and end at Jagti on the NH-44 after passing through Bishnah, RS Pura, Mandal, Marh and Kot Bhalwal with two tunnels and six flyovers.
But what is the reason behind the delay in the completion of this most important and prestigious project?
Who is to be blamed for this? Whether it will be the curbs after the abrogation of Article 370 or its the lack of focus of government?
Well, restrictions and curbs have slowed the life in Jammu & Kashmir and because of this, there is a loss of economy. Common people are suffering from these curbs. These restrictions have also slowed down the working of Ring Road project. Mainly, it was due to shortage of labour as labourers had left Jammu after August 5 and then it was because of the commencement of the rainy season.
There could be many reasons for slow pace of work but government has to keep up with this and should complete the work as soon as possible because this project will give Jammu new importance. Ring Road will decongest the Jammu City and it will also hold strategic importance from the defence point of view as the road will ensure congestion-free movement of defence vehicles at the time of an emergency.