J&K Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) Wednesday started work on Rs 9.16 crore “Rigid Concrete Pavement “of civil secretariat to Rambagh Chowk road.
The work on the sub-project being executed under World Bank funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project (JTFRP) was kick started in presence of Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Chief Executive Officer, J&KERA and JTFRP.
Javed Iqbal Tara, Director, Kashmir ERA informed the CEO that the 1.9 km road stretch was being upgraded with an objective of making the vulnerable portions of Indira Gandhi road resilient to floods by using the rigid concrete pavement technology instead of the conventional flexible pavement which was more susceptible to damages during water logging.
He said the road portion was being upgraded at an approximate cost of Rs 9.16 crore. The project has a timeline of 12 months and will directly benefit thousands of people living on both the sides of the road which include Rambagh, Solina, Allochibagh, Tulsi Bagh, Hazuri Bagh, Magarmal Bagh, Saraibala, Shaheedgunj, Maharaji Bazar, Natipora, Bakshi Stadium and Batmaloo.
Shah also inspected the progress of work on the Rigid Concrete Pavement of 1.49 km Peerbagh-Humhama road portion of the Indira Gandhi road. The Director informed that work on road stretch was in full swing and as on date work on 500 meters has been completed.
This is for the first time that Concrete Rigid Pavement Technology was being used at a large scale for up-gradation of roads in J&K.
The technology was being used as a long term protection against the recurrent damages caused due to the frequent water logging during the torrential rains and to make the vital road stretch leading up to Srinagar airport more durable and flood resilient.
Similarly another significant road in Srinagar which is also vulnerable to recurrent damages due to water logging – eastern foreshore road around Brari-Nambal water body in downtown was also being upgraded using the technology under JTFRP.
The CEO directed the engineers to complete all the necessary formalities for start of work on other road sub-projects. He also directed engineers to closely supervise and monitor the progress of works under execution to ensure that timelines for the completion of these works were met and all the quality control parameters of the works were fully complied with.