Remove bottlenecks in NH project

Banihal to Ramban and Nashri to Chenani road project of constructing it in four lane model is not completed as on date. It is reported that the project is plagued with some land acquisition disputes, shifting of electricity towers and felling of the trees that come in the way of the project and the departments concerned are not working in tandem and cooperating with one another. Besides, there is a restraint order from Jammu wing of High Court as seven villages have approached the court for their compensation in lieu of acquired land from them due to which delay has been caused in completing the project. These issues, however, should have been attended to right in the beginning.
In this connection, High Court has taken a serious view of the way work is going on and has taken to task the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and the concerned authorities of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir for not completing the project within specified time. Even though the Project Director, who was present in the court, tried to explain the constraints and the reasons behind the slow progress, yet the court was not inclined to agree. However, the court has directed him to come up with cogent details in the next hearing and Controller Land Acquisition too has been summoned. However, the court was told that by June 2021 the project would be completed.
It can be inferred that the importance of allied issues like land acquiring, felling of trees, environment clearance and other formalities should not be underestimated and right from the start of the project, rather prior to that, these issues need to be addressed in totality to avoid such situations which this project has plunged into. Let us hope, at least before by the mid next year, the work in all respects is completed.