`Work on road connecting south Kashmir to Jammu top priority`

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday said that it is their `top priority` to complete work on the Mughal Road Project, which has been hampered due to various disturbances in the past several years.

Last Updated: Oct 07, 2010, 18:19 PM IST

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government
on Thursday said that it is their `top priority` to complete work on
the Mughal Road Project, which has been hampered due to
various disturbances in the past several years.

Only limited traffic will be allowed on the 84
kilometer road connecting Shopian district of South Kashmir
with Rajouri district of Jammu region till the time work on
the entire strech is completed, the government said.
"Government has proposed to allow limited, controlled
traffic on the road in October but the full traffic shall be
permitted after the road is black topped and completed in all
respects," Rural Development Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar said.

The minister said the government has assigned
`top priority` to the completion of this road.

"No effort is being spared for completing this project
within the stipulated date inspite of various odds, be it
geology of the road, hostile weather conditions or law and
order problems," Sagar said.

He said 28 kilometers of the Mughal Road, being
constructed at a cost of Rs 639.85 crore, has been
macadamised. "The entire road is expected to be macadamised
by September 2011," he added, replying to a question in the
legislative council here.

Sagar said construction of Mughal Road, the alternate
link between Kashmir and the rest of the country, has been
hampered several times in the last few years.

It first ran into trouble when Supreme Court
intervened in a case related to a wildlife sanctuary and the
work was stalled from March 2006 to August 2007.
Protests during the Amarnath land row agitation in
2008 hampered the work on the road while protests over the
death of two women in Shopian in 2009 again brought the work
on the road to a standstill.

Work on the road was again disrupted this year
following another spell of protests which began in June.

PTI