Tourism and regular transportation will not be hampered by frequent closure of the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway as authorities have directed the responsible agencies to ensure proper maintenance of the roads.
There is only one all-weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country of 270 km highway, had turned into a nightmare for the commuters in view of the frequent occurrence of landslides between Ramban and Banihal stretch. Many have made responsible the alleged poor planning and slow pace of the ongoing four-laning of the highway.
The review of the ongoing highway widening and railway projects besides taking stock of arrangements for the AmarnathYatra which is scheduled to begin in south Kashmir from July 1. The issue of frequent blockage of highway due to landslides and long traffic jamming causing much inconvenience to the commuters were discussed in a recent high-level meeting. Proper maintenance of the road stretch from Nashri to Banihal is on immediate plan to avoid disruption of traffic movement so that transportation as well as tourism activities are not hampered. The Divisional Commissioner instructed the construction agencies to strictly adhere to stipulated timelines and quality specifications in these projects.
During the meeting, several issues and bottlenecks like dumping sites, land acquisition, compensation of acquired structures, shifting of electricity towers, cutting of trees coming under alignment of these projects and other legal and technical issues were discussed, the official said.
Emphasizing on the importance of highway four-laning and railway projects, Verma directed the district administration and construction companies to coordinate for removing bottlenecks, if any. He also directed the officers of National Highway Authority of India to prepare a rehabilitation plan for those who donated lands.