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LG calls for removal of bottlenecks, expediting pace of works, synergizing inter-agency coordination

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Reviews NHIDCL projects; Officials say connectivity of Sonamarg highway will be ensured during coming winter

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha took a comprehensive review of the status of various projects being executed by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, at the Raj Bhavan here today.

He was briefed about the status, pace of works, and issues of various projects including the four-laning of Jammu-Akhnoor road; two-laning with paved shoulder of Chenani-Sudhmahadev road section; Sudhmahadev-Goha Tunnel in the Jammu division, besides the current status of Z-Morh Tunnel; Zojila Tunnel; Baramulla-Tangmarg-Gulmarg road among others in the Kashmir division, an official press release informed.

During the meeting, the LG directed the officials to expedite the pace of work on the major road projects and issued directions for removal of any pending bottlenecks, besides calling for synergizing inter-agency/department coordination for achieving optimum results.

On the four-laning of Jammu-Akhnoor road, he was briefed about the progress achieved under various packages of the project. It was informed that around 70 percent progress has been achieved in the Canal Head to Ganesh Vihar stretch of the project, involving construction of a 4.6 km long flyover.

The LG issued explicit directions to the concerned officials to stick to the timelines of the project.

“This project is going to ease the life of thousands of our citizens. There should be no delay in the execution and the adherence of the set timelines must be ensured,” he added.

The meeting also discussed the current status of two-laning of Chenani-Sudhmahadev road section of NH-244, Sudhmahadev-Goha Tunnel, Goha–Khellani in the Jammu region. A team of senior NHIDCL officials shall visit Doda next week, to resolve all pending issues related to the NH-244 project by working in synergy with district authorities, the press release said.

Status of various projects being executed in the Kashmir division was also reviewed, including the Z-Morh Tunnel; Zojila Tunnel; Baramulla-Tangmarg-Gulmarg road, among others.

It was informed that the connectivity of Sonamarg highway will be ensured during the ensuing winter season and there would be effective deployment of snow-cutters along all major roads that are affected due to heavy snowfall.

The LG directed the officers to undertake the technical supervision of works like earth-cutting along the highways. He observed that it is imperative to ensure the highest quality of works besides preserving the fragile ecology.

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