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    17 major road projects undertaken in J&K

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    Government of India has undertaken 17 major road development projects in Jammu and Kashmir amounting to an aggregate length of 1,554 km – in order to enhance the capacity of National Highways in the State. Responding to a series of questions from Hasnain Masoodi, National Conference parliamentarian and as well as from BJP’s Lok Sabha member Jugal Kishore Sharma, minister of road transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari offered the following updates:

    • Construction of Ring Road around Jammu City, total length – 58.26km, status – in progress, developing agency – NHAI.
    • Construction of Jammu Bypass (km. 0.00 to km 15.00) on NH-44, total length – 15km, status – completed, developing agency – NHAI.
    • 4 laning of Jammu – Udhampur section of NH-1A (km 15 to 67) on NH-44, total length – 64.58km, status – completed, developing agency – NHAI.
    • 4 laning of Udhampur – Ramban road (km 67 to 89, 130 to 151) on NH-44, total length – 40.07km, status – in progress, developing agency – NHAI.
    • 4 laning of Chenani – Nashri section of NH-1A (km 89 to 130) (tunnel project 9 km long tunnel – 2 lane) on NH-44, total length – 10.89km, status – completed, developing agency – NHAI.
    • 4 laning of Ramban – Banihal road (km 151 to 187) on NH-44, total length – 32.10km, status – in progress, developing agency – NHAI.
    • 4 laning of Srinagar – Banihal section of NH-1A (km 187 to 189.350 & 220.7 to 286.11) on NH-44, total length – 67.76km, status – in progress, developing agency – NHAI.
    • 4 laning of Quazigund – Banihal section of NH-1A (km 189.35 to 204.7) (tunnel project 8.45 km & 0.69 km length, 2 lane) on NH-44, total length – 15.25km, status – in progress, developing agency – NHAI.
    • 4 laning of Lakhanpur to Hiranagar (km 16.35 to km 50.00) on NH-44, total length – 33.65km, status – completed, developing agency – NHAI.
    • 4 laning of Hiranagar to Vijaypur (km 50.00 to km 80.00) on NH-44, total length – 30km, status – completed, developing agency – NHAI.
    • 4 laning of Vijaypur to Kunjwani (km 80 to km 97.20) on NH-44, total length – 17.20km, status – substantially completed, developing agency – NHAI.
    • 4 laning of Jammu – Akhnoor & 2 laning with paved shoulders of Akhnoor-Poonch on NH-144A, total length – 246km, status – in progress & in DPR creation respectively, developing agency – NHIDCL.
    • 2 laning with paved shoulder of Chenani – Sudhmahadev – Goha on NH-244, total length – 274km, status – in progress, developing agency – NHIDCL.
    • Construction of tunnels – Lachulunga & Tanglang pass on NH-3, total length – N/A, status – DPR creation, developing agency – NHIDCL.
    • Construction of two lane road Batote – Kishtwar – Sinthapass – Anantnag on NH- 244, total length – 265km, status – DPR creation, developing agency – NHIDCL.
    • 2 laning with paved shoulder of Kargil – Zanskar on NH-301, total length – 234km, status – construction of 9 bridges in progress, developing agency – State PWD.
    • 2 laning with paved shoulder of Srinagar – Shupiyan – Quazigund on NH -444, total length – 150km, status – tendering process, developing agency – State PWD.

    The progress of the Qazigund-Banihal tunnel project is 75.24% completed against Rs 2,648 crore fund allocated. It is scheduled for completion by July, 2020.

    The Preliminary Project Report (PPR) for the Mughal Road project has been submitted to the union government. Work of preparing DPR, costing Rs 3.23 crore for two laning, is under progress and is expected to be submitted by Jan, 2020. This state road is approved as “In-Principle” NH subject to outcome of DPR. The remaining five stretches viz. Kapran-Desa-Doda Tunnel; Pahalgam-Panikhar Road; Kulgam- Gulabgarh Road; Tral- Pahalgam Road and Shari-i-Shali-Tral Road are neither part of notified NHs nor “In-principle” NHs, hence out of the mandate to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

    The Srinagar ring-road project was not mentioned in the list of 17 projects. Earlier, on May 19, 2018 – PM Modi laid the foundation stones for both – Jammu and Srinagar Ring Road projects. According to reports, the Srinagar ring road project is facing land acquisition problems. Land owners are demanding compensation as per the central act, whereas the State government is ready to pay as per the state’s own act – a report from Kashmirreader suggests.

    The Government of India has constituted a high-powered committee to evolve a framework of guidelines for resolution of stuck projects. Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had issued guiding principles for resolution of stuck National Highway projects vide office memorandum in March 2019. The ministry and its implementing agencies have initiated action to take up measures for resolution of stuck projects within the framework of these guiding principles.

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