Old Jammu-Sialkot road among 4 roads to be declared as National Highways

J&K PW(R&B) Deptt initiates groundwork; seeks info from CE
Old Jammu-Sialkot road among 4 roads to be declared as National Highways
J&K Public Works (R&B) Department has already initiated the groundwork in anticipation of this declaration by the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways in the days to come. File/ GK

Jammu: Old Jammu-Sialkot road, presently comprising stretches of Tawi bridge-Jammu Airport-Miran Sahib-R S Pura up to lndo-Pak International Border is among four roads of Jammu region which will be declared as National Highways.

J&K Public Works (R&B) Department has already initiated the groundwork in anticipation of this declaration by the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways in the days to come.

Other three roads chosen from the region will include the road stretches connecting NH-44 with NH-244 passing through Kathua and Doda districts; road stretches connecting NH-154A with NH-244 passing through Doda district of Jammu region Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh and Dayalachak to Basohli in Kathua district of Jammu

As per official sources, in this connection, the Chief Engineer Public Works (R&B) Department has been asked to provide all the relevant information for its “further submission to the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) after going through guidelines of NH and Bharatmala Project/BRT.”

The Chief Engineer has to fill up formats for the roads viz., Kathua-Basohli-Bani-Bhaderwah-Doda (connecting NH-44 with NH-244); Doda-Bhaderwah-Chamba (Himachal) connecting NH-154A with NH-244; Dayalachak-Challan-Billawar-Manpur-Basohli (BRT of Bharatmala) and Tawi Bridge-Jammu Airport-Miran Sahib-R S Pura up to lndo-Pak border (Old Jammu - Sialkot Road) under BRT of Bharatmala.

Last two projects are aimed at strengthening border infrastructure to facilitate the movement of security forces while the projects linking existing National Highways have an additional purpose of improving connectivity in the form of alternate road links and quality of existing infrastructure to contain accidents.

As per officials, under Bharatmala, approved for estimated cost of Rs 6,92,324 crore including other ongoing schemes, the MoRTH is developing the road connectivity to border areas, development of coastal roads including road connectivity for non-major ports, improvement in the efficiency of national corridors, development of economic corridors, inter corridors and feeder routes along with integration with Sagarmala etc., under Bharatmala Pariyojana (project).

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