“Rs 550 cr needed for restoration of roads’

The Roads and Buildings department has informed Jammu and Kashmir High Court that it requires Rs 550 crores for permanent restoration of roads damaged by floods last year.
“Rs 550 cr needed for restoration of roads’
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The Roads and Buildings department has informed Jammu and Kashmir High Court that it requires Rs 550 crores for permanent restoration of roads damaged by floods last year.

In a compliance report, Chief Engineer R&B Kashmir has stated that in devastating floods of September 2014, out of the total road network of 13898.37 kms in the valley, 1696.06 kms were badly damaged.

According to the report, permanent restoration of these roads to the existing specifications was worked out to Rs 327.16 crores and the same was intimated to administrative department. "No funds for permanent restoration of these roads have been released till date," the report said.

The excessive snow and rain in March and April this year, the report said, made further damages to the road network, thereby requiring additional Rs 222.48 crores for permanent restoration.

The report said a comprehensive plan for restoration of roads in cities and towns stands prepared and submitted which envisages permanent restoration and upgradation of 25.24 kms at a cost of Rs 385 crores.  

Meanwhile in an affidavit, Inspector General of Police (Traffic) submitted that deployment of additional 137 Jawans/SPOs has been made for proper regulation of traffic in Kashmir.

According to the affidavit, the matter was taken up with R&B Minister who has been requested to direct the concerned agency for repair and black topping of existing roads as the dilapidated condition of the roads leads to slow traffic movement which causes frequent traffic jams.

"Whatever traffic mess is taking place, it is because of the dilapidated roads which were damaged due to the floods last year and the recent rains have worsened the situation. The job of the Traffic Police is to regulate the movement of the traffic on roads and to avoid traffic jams," the IGP stated in the affidavit.

"High Court directions passed in OWP (PIL) titled Kashmir Consumer Forum Vs State of J&K and Ors are being implemented strictly and no heavy vehicle viz trucks and load carriers are allowed to enter the municipal limits of City Srinagar/Jammu from 7 AM to 9 PM during summer and 8 AM to 8 PM in winter," states the affidavit.

Meanwhile, the High Court directed Ramky and National Highway Authority of India to file latest status report with regard to repairs of highway from Qazigund to Srinagar to make it motorable.

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