Minister for Finance, Labor Employment and Culture, Dr Haseeb Drabu Wednesday inspected the pace of work on a tunnel being constructed as a part of four-lanning of Srinagar-Jammu highway.
An official spokesman said the Minister travelled by train from Srinagar to Banihal and was accompanied by Commissioner/Secretary, Finance Naveen A Choudhary, Commissioner Excise; Commissioner Commercial Taxes and other senior officers.
"Dr Drabu directed the officers to speed up the pace of work on the tunnel so that the prestigious project of highway widening is completed within the stipulated time-period for the general convenience of the commuters plying on this busy highway," the spokesman said.
While interacting with people getting displaced on account of acquisition of their properties for the project, the Minister assured them that the Government will "ensure that they are adequately rehabilitated."
The Minister later inspected the Toll Plaza at Lower Munda Qazigund and directed the officers to ensure that the toll collection is done in a manner where pilferage, if any is checked.
He also inspected the site for undertaking the construction of the new toll plaza complex being constructed in synchronization with the four-lanning of the highway.
The Minister said the new Toll Plaza would be having all modern facilities and gadgets like scanners and would be synchronized with the portal of NH-1 so that pilferage is checked.
Dr Drabu also directed the officers to explore the possibility of outsourcing the Toll Plaza so that more revenue generation is ensured.