“The Prime Minister in the campaign (election) has always committed that Government of India stands committed to improve the infrastructure in Jammu & Kashmir. Accordingly the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has cleared these two projects worth Rs 3,382.66 crore,” Communications & IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told to media.
The projects will strengthen important National Highways in the state and the government stands true to its promise of improving infrastructure in J&K.
The first project of four-laning of Ramban-Banihal section of National Highway – 1A (now NH-44) and another project of four laning of Udhampur- Ramban section of National Highway(the 40.07-km road project) will cost Rs 1,623.98 crore and Rs 1,758.68 crore respectively.
“Implementation of these projects would provide all-weather connectivity from Jammu to the Kashmir valley. It will also reduce journey time from Jammu to Srinagar and strategic border areas in the state of J&K,” a formal release summarized with both the projects built under engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) mode and work will be under the National Highways Development Project Phase -II.