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Rs 1.37 cr spent on upgradation of roads in Udhampur: Veeri

Construction of Sadhna tunnel awaits BRO approval

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 11: Minister for Public Works (Roads & Buildings), Abdul Rehman Veeri while replying to a question by Dina Nath Bhagat in Legislative Assembly today said that Rs 1.37 crore has been spent on improvement/upgradation of Udhampur -Kaldi-Ghordi road, Mantalai-Dudu road, Jaganoo-Dhandal road and Kainthgali-Lander road in Udhampur district.
He further informed that proposals for further improvement/ upgradation of Udhampur-Ghordi road from single lane to double lane and construction of Mantalai-Dudu road have been submitted to Government of India for consideration and funding under Central Road Fund (CRF).
Regarding improvement/ upgradation of Kainthgali to Landher road, the Minister said the said road has been approved at a cost of Rs 8.14 crore under NABARD and work is under progress. He further said that the DPR for construction of Jaganoo-Dhandyal road has been formulated for 5 km length at a cost of Rs 2.49 crore, but its approval is awaited.
R S Pathania and Dalip Singh Parihar raised the supplementary questions regarding the condition of road network in their respective constituencies and called for immediate repairs/upgradation of the same.
The Minister assured to examine the demands on priority.
Meanwhile, R&B Minister said that the proposal for construction of Sadhna tunnel on Bandipora-Gurez road is awaiting sanction from Border Roads Organization (BRO).
Replying to a question by Raja Manzoor Ahmad, the Minister said that engagement of consultants for carrying out pre-feasibility study and framing up of phase-wise proposals (DPR) of the tunnel has been forwarded by project BEACON to headquarters of Director General Border Roads (BRO) for sanction.
MLA Er Rasheed, MLA Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, MLA Shah Mohammad Tantray, MLA Dalip Singh Parihar and MLA Abdul Rahim Rather raised supplementary questions about their respective constituencies.

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