Road connectivity, a key driver of socio-economic growth: Nitin Gadkari

He expressed his sincere gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who he said has made a qualitative change in people’s lives since 2014. “From national roads to rural roads, the infrastructure has become stronger than ever,” he said. declared the lieutenant governor.

Until 2014, there were only 7 national highways in the former state of Jammu and Kashmir, including Ladakh. “In 2021, the number of national roads has increased to 11 at J&K alone,” he said, adding that in 2015 the Prime Minister announced road infrastructure projects worth Rs 40,900 crores for J&K, including work on projects of around Rs 38,000 crore. Is already underway.

Thanking Nitin Gadkari for the swift execution of national road projects, the lieutenant governor said the minister has always been proactive and set a record for the fastest road construction works in the country.

“Today, roads are being built at a much faster rate than ever before. This year, a target of 8,000 km of paving has been set by the Administration of the UT. And with this kind of approach, Jammu and Kashmir today has the distinction of being the third best in terms of road construction, ”said the lieutenant governor.

The Lieutenant Governor observed that with liberal funding and special interest from the Prime Minister and the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways for the Development of Jammu and Kashmir, 11 tunnel projects have been approved for J&K in just one year. “Four tunnels will be built on the Chenani-Kishtwar highway at a cost of Rs 10,000 crores. To modernize the Jammu-Srinagar national road, tunnels costing Rs 4000 crore, in addition to 5 overflights valued at Rs 3000 crore will be built at J&K, significantly reducing travel time and traffic jams. By December 2022, Kashmir will be connected to Kanyakumari by train, ”said the lieutenant governor.

Listing the achievements over the past year, the Lieutenant Governor said that under the leadership of the Prime Minister, from the development of health infrastructure to roads, education and employment, to the promotion of industry and crafts, agriculture to food processing, Jammu and Kashmir has shown visible progress in all areas and with enormous potential, UT is emerging as a vibrant, ready economy. to stand alongside developed states. “We have made further progress in all areas, with the empowerment of people and an inclusive approach, we are walking the path of a new, developed and peaceful Jammu and Kashmir,” added the lieutenant governor.

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