Kashmir set to enter a new era of connectivity following Shah-Gadkari’s visits

Early this week, Gadkari permitted works on main nationwide highways and roads price about Rs 3,900 crore within the UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and the neighbouring State of Punjab together with the development of a new strategically necessary freeway from Akhnoor to Poonch.

“Rehabilitation and up-gradation work to 2-Lane with paved shoulder under 13 TF on Akhnoor-Poonch Road (NH-144A) under project Sampark (BRO) on EPC mode (Pkg-V) has been approved with a budget of Rs 441 crore in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir”, Gadkari introduced on Twitter.

Gadkari additionally introduced approval to development work of 4/6-Lane access-controlled expressway from junction with Pathankot-Gurdaspur Road (NH-54 close to Balsua to junction with Hiranagar Road close to village Gurha Baildaran) of Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway on HAM mode underneath Bharatmala Pariyojana (Phase-II, Pkg-XIV) with a funds of Rs 3,044 crore in Punjab Jammu and Kashmir.

For Ladakh, Gadkari permitted development of three 2-lane realignments together with Drass, Kharboo and Kargil between Pandrass-Pashkyum on Zojila-Kargil-Leh street (National Highway-I) underneath Project Vijayak (Border Roads Organization) in Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) mode with the Central funding price Rs 426.14 crore.

The three works permitted on the price of over Rs 3,900 crore as we speak give a main increase to improvement of highways and street infrastructure community in J&Ok and Ladakh, apart from Punjab. Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway particularly will sharply cut back journey time and distance between New Delhi and Jammu. Passing by Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir, will probably be considerably useful for travellers-particularly vacationers, pilgrims, college students, farmers and merchants.

Construction of Akhnoor-Poonch freeway will remarkably reduce brief distance in addition to journey time between Jammu and Poonch by the border belt of Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts. Construction of a broad street from Jammu to Akhnoor is already in progress. The freeway will massively profit the inhabitants in Rajouri and Poonch districts apart from the safety forces. Ladakh and the Jammu and Kashmir UT’s Rajouri and Poonch districts are among the many strategically important territories.

During his go to to J&Ok in October, Gadkari made an inspection of the 2 main tunnels underneath development in Zojila space on the Srinagar-Leh freeway which is able to, for the primary time in historical past, present a 24x7x365 all-weather connectivity between Leh, Kargil, Srinagar and Jammu.

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Gadkari for sanctioning Rs 441 crore for revamp and upgradation of the two-lane Akhnoor-Poonch street, which comes underneath the National Highways – 144A.

According to authoritative sources, Gadkari is known to announce 4 extra nationwide highways in Jammu and Kashmir in a few days. All the 4 might be in Jammu division. These embrace widening and transformation into a freeway of the normal Jammu-Sialkot Road up to the International Border at Suchetgarh. In addition to boosting tourism, it might come as a main reduction for the Army and BSF guarding the IB.

Part of the Union Highway Ministry’s ‘Baratmala’ challenge, this freeway of nationwide significance would begin from the Tawi bridge in Jammu and move by Jammu airport, Miran Sahib and RS Pura, parallel to the pre-Partition railway observe between Jammu and Lahore by Sialkot.

The BSF have recently began a ‘Beating of the Retreat’ on each day foundation on the sample of the well-known paramilitary train between the Indian and the Pakistani border guards at Wagah. From the Pakistani aspect, in contrast to at Wagah, Rangers haven’t joined the drill thus far at Suchetgarh.

Yet one other half of ‘Bharatmala’ challenge, a nationwide freeway could be developed between Dayalachak and Basohli by Challan, Billawar and Manpur. It will increase street connectivity in Kathua district linking Hiranagar, Billawar and Basohli. The Centre would shortly create a vacationer circuit by Billawar, Basohli and Bani in Kathua district.

Two extra roads being declared because the nationwide highways are Kathua-Basohli-Bani-Bhaderwah-Doda (connecting National Highway-44 with National Highway-244) and Doda-Bhaderwah-Chamba (Himachal Pradesh) connecting National Highway-154 A with National Highway 244. Kathua-Basohli-Bani-Bhaderwah-Doda freeway will give a main increase to street connectivity to hilly areas of Kathua and Doda districts whereas Doda-Bhaderwah-Chamba freeway may change into a main street hyperlink between Jammu and Himachal Pradesh.

Knowledgeable sources mentioned that the estimated price of the proposed 4 new nationwide highways in Jammu was at present being labored out. According to these sources. The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs was at present giving remaining touches to an formidable Light Urban Rail Transit challenge, known as ‘Metrolite’, for Srinagar. Its estimated expenditure has been labored out at Rs 4,892 crore. The UT’s winter capital of Jammu would additionally get a fashionable metro or Metrolite challenge.

Metrolite is a gentle rail city transit system deliberate in India for cities with decrease ridership projection and as a feeder system for the present metro techniques. It will cater to decrease passenger capability at a lowered price than a metro line. It may have devoted tracks, separated from the street. Existing metro in Delhi and another main cities is of excessive capability which is required for larger cities with very excessive ridership and Peak Hour Peak Direction Traffic (PHPDT). In addition to much less capital price, the operation and upkeep price of Metrolite would even be much less making the system extra viable.

Metrolite in Srinagar, in accordance to sources, is predicted to be accomplished in 4 years. It would have 24 stations on the 2 corridors. One hall of 12.5 km will join Indira Nagar to HMT and one other of the identical size could be laid from Iqbal Park to Osmanabad.

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