Road between Srinagar and PoK being upgraded
Srinagar, July 8 (UNI) To strengthen the road connectivity between summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir and Muzaffarabad, capital of the Pakistan- occupied Kashmir (PoK), work on double- laning of Srinagar-Baramulla- Uri road is in full swing while the Uri-Kaman, the last Indian military post, stretch would be completed by March 2008.
The Karvan-e-Aman bus runs on the road, helping the families divided since 1947 to meet each other.
The bus service was started on April 7, 2005 when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi flagged off the first bus from here.
Highlighting the importance of better road connectivity is very crucial for overall development of the state, Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has asked BEACON authorities to complete the widening and up-gradation of Anantnag-Daksum stretch of Kishtwar-Sinthan-Anantnag road by July 2008 saying the local population need not wait till the completion of the prestigious road project in 2010.
Reviewing progress of the up-gradation of roads under BEACON in Jammu and Kashmir in a high level meeting here today Nr Azad said double laning of Kishtwar-Sinthan-Anantnag road would benefit a large chunk of population on either side of Pir Panjal and provide a dependable and alternate road link between the two regions of the State.
He asked revenue officers to complete the process of land acquisition on Anantnag-Daksum stretch of the road at the earliest and expedite the handover of land for approach and exit of the bridges for which BEACON had already made the payment as compensation.
On the request of BEACON authorities to provide security cover to its officials between Chingam and Sinthan Top, the Chief Minister said the matter would be taken up with the Army and adequate security arrangement ensured.
On Pul Doda-Bhadarwah road, the Chief Minister set the deadline for total blacktopping as April next.
While taking stock of the work on double laning of Batote-Kishtwar road, Azad asked Chief Engineer BEACON to first widen zigs on the road running along the Chenab River which are more accident prone.
He was informed that of the 100 zigs along the road, 19 would be completed by June next year. These zigs fall between Batote and Assar.
He also asked for status report on 33-km Wayal byepass connecting Zainakote with Ganderbal. He was also briefed about the status of work on the up-gradation of Srinagar-Sonamarg-Zojila road.