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NHIDCL soft-paddling on preparation of DPR for alternate NH to Doda: MLA

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 12: BJP MLA from Doda Shakti Raj Parihar today expressed concern over dilly-dallying approach of the National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) in preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) for alternate National Highway to Doda district.
“It is a matter of concern that DPR for the vital National Highway—-Marmat-Sudhma-hadev has not been prepared despite lapse of two years”, Parihar said after going through the reply furnished by the Minister for Roads and Buildings to his question in the Legislative Assembly.
“If such is the casual approach towards the basic step, when the tenders will be floated for execution of the project remains a million dollar question”, the MLA said and asked the R&B Minister to take up the issue with the NHIDCL for early preparation of DPR.
Earlier, in the written reply, the Minister informed the House that work for preparation of DPR for Sudhmahadev-Goha tunnel will be awarded shortly by the NHIDCL as the financial bids have been opened.
About the work for upgradation of two lane status with paved shoulders of Chenani-Kishtwar-Sinthanpass-Khanabal road, the Minister said, “NHIDCL is preparing DPR of this project also”.
The Minister informed the House that 154 road projects involving a cost of Rs 620.19 crore taken up under CRF and PMGSY schemes are at different stages of completion in Doda constituency.
Replying to the supplementary questions by Raja Manzoor, G M Saroori, Neelam Langeh, Mubarak Gul, A R Rather and Daleep Parihar, the Minister said, “Government is paying focused attention to upgrade the road infrastructure in every nook and corner of the State and efforts have been stepped up for expeditious completion of all on-going projects”.
He assured the Members to address their concerns with regard to the speedy execution of various schemes underway in their constituencies.

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