Rs 7 crores being spend on Srinagar roads, 100 km black-topped

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Srinagar, Sep 20 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir government is spending Rs seven crores under City Roads Development Programme (CRDP) to provide better road connectivity to the people here.

About 100 kilometer road length has been black topped by Road and Buildings (R&B) Department under various schemes upto August 2007 to provide better road connectivity to people of the city.

This information was given to Minister for R&B Gulchain Singh Charak while presiding a review meeting to take stock of ongoing works at Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal districts, which was attended by State Sector, Central Roads Funding schemes, PMGSY, and NABARD, here.

The meeting informed that Rs 7 crore are being spent under City Roads Developmental Programme for black topping the main interior roads of the city.

Under this project maximum roads have so far been black topped and work on other roads is in full swing, which is expected to be completed by the end of this month.

Mr Charak directed the Chief Engineer R&B Kashmir to prepare a separate project for the upgradation of interior roads of Srinagar city immediately so that special funding would be made available for the purpose.

He also directed the Chief Engineer to send a proposal for two patch work machines of German technology, one each for Jammu and Srinagar adding that the manual patch work is a time consuming process and its quality is also poor.

Giving stress on use of quality control material, the Minister said that a Junior Engineer would now be deputed at every mixing plant to check the material used for black topping and mecadamization of roads.

He said that the concerned engineer would check the quality of material in the laboratory before its use.

For easing the traffic jam from Rambagh to exhibition Chowk, Mr Charak asked the Chief Engineer to prepare a detailed project for alternate bypass road via Aloocha Bagh-Rech Chowk to Batamaloo at the earliest, as the Court has already given directions in this regard.

Under NABARD out of 42 schemes, 18 have been completed upto March 2007 and seven schemes would also be completed during this fiscal year. Similarly, four minor bridges and culverts have also been completed and work on one major bridge at Hari Gainwan is also in progress.

The work on four major bridges at Ashibagh, Gund Roshan Stell Girder, Tangpora-Mujgund and Zainkote are in full swing under JKPCC and some of these bridges would be completed soon, the meeting was told.


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