Transport projects delayed

The Government’s decision to shut down the Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation Ltd. (JKPCC) has led to further delays in completing the Inspection and Certification Centre in Samba and the Institute of Driving, Training, and Research (IDTR) in KotBhalwal, on the outskirts of Jammu. Additionally, more funds will be needed to finish the infrastructure due to various flaws in the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs). It is essential to understand that the DPR is a fundamental aspect of any project, as it not only outlines the required basic facilities but also conveys accurate financial projections necessary for timely project completion. The situation has become even more complex as these projects remain incomplete and JKPCC has been disbanded. The R&B is the department concerned now with arranging additional funds and manpower. The pending inspection by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) for the Inspection and Certification Centre (ICC), Samba, adds to the challenges. From a few vehicles per month to thousands of vehicle certifications, the matching infrastructure is missing.
The situation concerning the Institute of Driving, Training, and Research in Kot Bhalwal is no different. Despite Maruti Suzuki’s interest in installing equipment and machinery, the incomplete infrastructure remains a significant hurdle to moving forward. Both of these projects are high-priority for the Government, and the Transport and Roads and Buildings Departments have to complete the formalities for their transfer. Higher authorities should intervene to address and resolve these issues. Streamlining these projects and ensuring their timely completion is essential not only for the Transport Department but also for the overall development and efficiency of the region’s infrastructure.