Two-way traffic on Sgr-Jmu NH to commence by March 15: CS
Says, the highway remained closed for only 8 hours this winter
Jammu: Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, today chaired a meeting to review the status of the development of different roads and Highways connecting different parts of the UT.
The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary, PWD; Secretary, Transport; Deputy Commissioner, Ramban; Transport Commissioner, Representatives from NHAI, and other concerned officers.
Dr Mehta impressed upon the officers to ensure that there is smooth movement of traffic on the National Highway during these winters. He asked them to be ever ready with requisite men and machinery to deal with the weather vagaries. He stressed on minimizing disruptions and ensuring that traffic movement remains uninterrupted throughout the year. He reiterated that traffic on this National Highway should move in both ways after 15th March as much of the bridges and tunnels being constructed would get completed by then.
He enjoined upon the officers’ focus on the difficult stretches between Banihal and Ramban. He urged them to take instant measures in case of inclement weather. He took note of the under-construction bridges at Maitra, Ramban, and at Jaiswal. He passed on directions to the concerned to accelerate the pace of work so that these vital connections are completed soon.
The Chief Secretary stressed on developing roads leading to the tourist spots of Mantalai and Sanasar. He maintained that better road links to these places would give a boost to tourism there as these places have great potential as tourist destinations.
He also reviewed the status of roads developed under the Bharat Mala programme and its allied infrastructure. He enquired about different roads and bridges taken up by the PWD for construction in the length and breadth of the UT.
The Chief Secretary stressed on developing the internal roads in both cities. He remarked that the face of any region is its roads. He made out that road networks facilitate the development of whole regions besides adding to the beauty and aesthetics of the city. He urged the concerned Departments not only to just maintain city roads but develop them on modern lines too.
He directed the facelift of the entry point of UT at Lakhanpur in the district Kathua. He remarked that it should be attractive befitting the pace of progress and development.
Dr Mehta directed the traffic police to strictly maintain lane discipline on the road and take all the steps against the violators including e-Challaning. He asked them to act tough on those who resort to roadside parking and disrupt others.
The meeting was informed that this winter the Sgr-Jmu National Highway remained closed for just 8 hours in total as against 220 hours in the previous winter. No full day was lost in the last two years due to the closure of NH. It was further given out that in order to ensure the movement of traffic on both sides of the Highway the T5 tunnel would be dedicated to the public on the 15th of March and Jaiswal bridge on the 15th of February this year.
Moreover, it was said that the pace of other road projects is smooth and would be completed in a given time frame.