Srinagar, Sep 25 (UNI) The much delayed Mughal road, connecting Poonch in Jammu region with Kashmir valley, will be thrown open to light vehicular traffic from November this year as work was in full swing on the remaining 10 km road strip out of the total 84 km length.
An official spokesman said here today that the construction work on the 84 km historical Mughal road at a revised cost of Rs 639.85 crore was in full swing.
He said out of the total road length of 84 km, 74 km have been constructed and the work on further 10 km would be completed by November this year when the road is expected to be thrown open to light vehicular traffic.
From Poonch, out of 42 km road length taken up for construction, so far 35 km single lane road have been made fair weather and from Shopian 39 km have been made fair weather.
The Water Bound Macadamization work (WBM) on 12 km have also been completed from Shopian side.
Quoting Chief Engineer of the project, he said air survey has also been conducted for identifying the spots for special treatment and to speed up the work.
He said construction of 428 culverts and major bridges have been envisaged in the project and 63 culverts completed so far, while construction work on 356 culverts and four major bridges is apace.
The construction of this prestigious road project would provide an alternate road link between Kashmir and Jammu division.
It will also boost tourism, trade and commerce of the area especially Poonch and Rajouri districts, he said.
He said to accelerate execution of the project the department has engaged 38 escalators, 6 dozers, 2 road pavers, 9 road rollers, 3 grinders, 2 crushing plants, 2 hot mix plants and 44 trucks for 24 hours a day.
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