Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road to be upgraded, widened

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Srinagar, Sep 27 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir government will spend Rs 421 crore on widening and upgradation of 131-KM-long Srinagar- Kamanpost road, the last Indian military post on the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector.

The present road would be upgraded and widened to make it more comfortable for the passengers travelling in Karvaan-e-Aman bus between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK).

The bus service, flagged off by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairpersons Sonia Gandhi and then state Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on April 8,2005, was resumed after more than 50 years to help the divided families to meet each other.

An official spokesman said the entire Srinagar-Baramulla- Kamanpost would be upgraded and widened at a cost of Rs 421 crore.

He said this information was given during a high level meeting held under the Chairmanship of Kashmir Divisional Commissioner Mehboob Iqbal .

The meeting was held to review the progress relating to widening and renovation of main road projects in the valley and payment of compensation to land owners getting affected due to the widening of these roads.

An amount of RS 796 crore is being incurred on widening and upgradation of Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumri-Kargil-Leh Road, besides paying compensation to the families whose land, residential and other structures are getting affected. During the fiscal, Rs 89 crore is being spent on this Project.

He said Rs 70 crores is being spent on 57-km-long Anantnag- Simtna Road while Rs 56.38 crore is targeted to be utilised on upgradation and widening of Bandipore-Gurez Road, out of which Rs 1.06 crore stand utilised so far.

An amount of Rs 56 crore has been disbursed on land compensation for construction of approach roads for 15 Railway stations.


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