Rs 80 crore earmarked for Mughal Road

Greater Kashmir

Jammu: An amount of Rs 38 crore has been spent on the construction of Mughal Road during the last financial year.
This was stated at a meeting of Empowerment Committee on Mughal Road, chaired by the Chief Secretary, Vijay Bakaya here today, an official statement said.
Meeting was told that the work on the prestigious 175 km Mughal Road connecting Poonch and Srinagar had been started during the month of Feb. 2006 and till date about 17 km road has been made motorable.
The project is estimated to cost Rs 255 crore and would be completed within three years. An amount of Rs 80 crore has been earmarked for the current fiscal year and about 55 km road would be constructed during this year.
During the current fiscal year 20 km road would be constructed from Shopian side and 35 km from Poonch and remaining work would be taken up in the successive years.
Chief Secretary directed the Hindustan Construction Company Ltd. which has taken up the work of this project, to work with dedication and on war footing so that the project could be completed in the stipulated time.
Bakaya said with the completion of this road the glory of this old communication link would be revived and historical places of tourist and Archeological importance would get opened for visitors. He said it will also open this area for economic welfare and large scale tourism.
Principal Secretary Road and Building, R. K. Jirth, Commissioner Secretary Forests, Najam-us-Saqib, Director Finance Ravi Mangotra, Chief Engineer Mughal Road, Farooq Ahmed Shonthu and Superintendent Engineer Mughal Road, Nazir Ahmed attended the meeting among others.