Centre unveils Rs 10,000 cr road projects for J&K
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 00:27
Anantnag (Srinagar): Unveiling Rs 10,000 crore road projects for Jammu & Kashmir that include two strategic tunnels -- Quazigund-Banihal and Chenani-Nashri to provide all weather connectivity to the state with the rest of the country, the Centre on Monday said it is committed to rapid growth of the region.

"UPA government is committed to the rapid development of Jammu & Kashmir government has taken up road and rail projects worth Rs 30,000 crore. This will be a boost to the state?s economy as it will promote trade and tourism here," Road Transport and Highways Minister C P Joshi said while laying foundation stone of 8.45 km tunnel between Quazigund and Banihal.

The Banihal tunnel, part of Rs 1,987 crore Quazigund-Banihal project on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is one of the largest road tunnels in India and the first of its kind to be taken up on public-private-partnership mode.

The tunnel on completion will make the highway, which remains closed for over 40 days in a year due to snow-fall, an all-weather one.

It will also reduce the distance between Banihal and Srinagar by 16 km besides giving a boost to the trade in the region.

The tunnel will also have an emergency lane and a provision for emergency cross passages besides proper ventilation. Apart from the 8.45 km tunnel, a 0.69 km tunnel will also be built there.


First Published: Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 00:27

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