`Hopeful of Centre`s financial aid in tunnel plan`
J&K CM said his Government has focused on constructing, upgrading and widening of roads all across the state to improve connectivity and link up far off areas with main highways.
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah on Wednesday expressed hope that the Centre would
accord financial sanction to the project for construction of
tunnels to link the inaccessible areas of the state.
"Proposals to construct important tunnels are being
thoroughly persuaded with the Union government and we are
hopeful that the funds for these projects would be sanctioned
keeping in view the economic importance of these tunnels and
making inter-district travel easy and smooth," Omar said after
inaugurating five-looped 38.5-km Lethpora-Panthachowk road
project in Pulwama district.
Chief Minister said his Government has focused on
constructing, upgrading and widening of roads all across the
state to improve connectivity and link up far off areas with
The 38.5 km Lethpora-Panthachowk loop road project
consisting of five loops namely 5 km Lethpora-Ladhoo, 8.8 km
Pampore-Ladhoo, 6.7 km Ladhoo-Khrew-Wuyun, 6.9 km
Wuyun-Sampora and 10.9 km Wuyun-Panthachowk has been
constructed at a cost of Rs 33.23 crores.
Omar said the inter-district road projects and main
highways to provide alternate routes are receiving
"Boring tunnels in various areas to link the inaccessible
and cut-off areas and make travel easy and faster between
various districts is also on focus," he added.
He said there is constant rapport between the state
and the National Highways Authority of India to upgrade the
National Highway and fast track the construction of four-lane
400-km Lakhanpur-Srinagar National Highway.
The construction of a By-Pass from Galender to Narbal
via Yechgam in Budgam has been approved and possibilities are
being worked out to put its construction on PPP mode, he said
adding he has also approved the 4-laning of Boulevard road
from Dal Gate to Kralsangri at a cost of Rs 60 cores.
"My government is committed to the equitable development
of all the areas and measures to achieve this goal are already
in place," he said.