Harsh Dev appeals V K Singh for early completion of Ghordi road

Excelsior Correspondent
NEW DELHI, July 7: Former Minister and JKNPP leader Harsh Dev Singh today submitted a memorandum to General V K Singh, Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways at New Delhi seeking early double laning of Udhampur–Ghordi road in District Udhampur in consonance with the assurance given by Nitin Gadkari during his visit to Ghordi during elections in 2014.
Harsh Dev apprised the Union MoS about the public commitment made by Gadkari for double laning of the 38 km road from Udhampur to Ghordi while addressing a gathering of thousands of people. “Though Gadkari had issued instructions in this regard for execution of the said road project under CRF and the work was also started but regretfully abandoned merely after straightening a few curves. The result is that out of 38 kms of single road, it is only about 8-9 kms that has been double-laned leaving the rest around 30 kms of road in shabby condition,” he explained.
Harsh Dev further apprised that there is no bridge on river Tawi at Salmay falling on the alignment of the said road even as around 1000 vehicles ply every day on the said road catering to a population of over 1.50 lakhs. In the absence of a bridge, he added, all these vehicles are crossing over the river by using an aqueduct, constructed by PDC and declared unsafe for traffic around 20 years back.
Harsh Dev appealed to the Union Minister of State that double lane from Udhampur to Ghordi along with the bridge on its alignment at Salmay be constructed as assured and committed in the public rally held in 2014 so that the public of the area could heave a sigh of relief.