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Bhupinder Kumar inspects progress on Jammu-Akhnoor four-laning project

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JAMMU: Secretary of Public Works Department (R&B), Bhupinder Kumar, today assessed the status of ongoing construction works on the Jammu-Akhnoor road widening during his extensive inspection of the vital four-laning projects.

The secretary was accompanied by the General Manager of NHIDCL, Director of Finance PWD, Director of Planning PWD, Site Engineer NHIDCL, concerned Tehsildars and site Engineers of NHIDCL.

The inspection specifically focused on Package I and III of the 30 Km 4-lane road widening project, which will ease travel to Akhnoor, Rajouri and Poonch districts.

The secretary visited and inspected the work sites at Bhagwati Nagar, Muthi, Domana, Kangrail, Akhnoor and other key locations on the road.

While inspecting the Bhagwati Nagar flyover, the Secretary directed the NHIDCL authorities to further expedite work on the 1.35 Km flyover and complete the project within the stipulated timeline of January 2025. This flyover will decongest traffic in the city besides addressing traffic congestion in the canal area.

On the Muthi-Akhnoor section, the Secretary asked the NHIDCL engineers to pace up the work and complete the remaining stretches and incomplete bridges so that commuters can have safe and comfortable travel on the road.

He also inspected the site of the 450-meter bridge under construction at Akhnoor over the Chenab River and was briefed about the project details. He was apprised that the 7.42 Km Akhnoor bypass including a bridge over Chenab is expected to be completed by March 2025.

Bhupinder Kumar also directed NHIDCL authorities to maintain an effective liaison and regular communication with district administration for timely redressal of issues concerning the execution of an ambitious road widening project.

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