The Prime Minister's Office Friday directed the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and JK government to clear all bottlenecks in the four-laning of Srinagar-Jammu Highway.
At a high-level meeting held in New Delhi, the PM's Principal Secretary, Nripendra Misra, directed all the concerned agencies to work for quick removal of all impediments.
The meeting was attended by officials from the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, NHAI and JK government.
According to sources, JK government which was represented by Commissioner Secretary Roads & Buildings department, Rohit Kansal, pushed for fast-track completion of the project.
"The state government also pressed for proper maintenance of Srinagar- Qazigund portion of the highway," sources said, adding that it also demanded tunnel on Mughal Road to make it all-weather route. The issue is part of PDP-BJP's Agenda of Alliance.
The incumbent and former regime of the state has repeatedly taken up the issue of construction of tunnel on the historic road.
On April 29, Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed had raised the issue of construction of tunnel for Mughal road with the Union Roads Minister Nitin Gadkari at New Delhi.
Mufti's predecessor Omar Abdullah had also taken up the issue with the then government at the Centre.