The Jammu & Kashmir government has unveiled a five-and-a-half year programme for the improvement of road connectivity under various schemes for the socio-economic development of the state.
Under phase-VII of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, the state roads and bridges department has proposed to construct 50 new roads. In addition, the 2,269 schemes being implemented at a cost of Rs 2,477.66 crore under the state sector will be completed simultaneously.
The state has also proposed six flyovers and two expressways for Jammu and Srinagar under 'mega city projects' at an estimated cost of Rs 1,231 crore.
The Centre has released Rs 120 crore for 15 railway approach roads that are being constructed along Qazigund-Baramulla rail link at different places, at a cost of Rs 177 crore.
Other works under construction, such as Narbal-Tangmarg Road at a cost of Rs 116 crore, are expected to be completed by March 2010.
Meanwhile, work on Mughal Road, which is being executed under Prime Minister's Reconstruction Programme, is expected to complete in two years at a cost of Rs 639 crore. The Centre is financing the project entirely.
Nearing completion stage are the two-lane Batote-Kishtwar-Simthan pass and the Srinagar-Sonamarg-Leh via Kargil roads. The widening of Srinagar-Baramulla-Uri-Salamabad-Kaman Road by Border Roads Organisation is expected to complete by March 2011 and Nemo-Padam-Tarch Road by March 2012.
Jammu and Kashmir Project Construction Corporation is in the process of completing the 73m Baniyar bridge (Rs 3.75 crore) and the 37m Paribal bridge (Rs 2.23 crore) in Sumbal-Sonawari constituency of Baramulla district.
Source : ProjectsMonitor