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


JAMMU, JAN 11: Minister for Public Works (Roads & Buildings), Abdul Rehman Veeri while replying to a Question by Dina Nath Bhagat in Legislative Assembly Wednesday 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 haven 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.
Veeri also 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.
Abdul Rehman Veeri, in reply to a question by Noor Mohammad Sheikh Wednesday informed the Legislative Assembly that the upgradation of Qamarwari-Parimpora road is apace.
He said the road was taken up in the year 2008-09 at an estimated cost of Rs 13.79 crore (development cost) under Central Road Fund (CRF) scheme.  He said the project also involves cost of compensation on account of acquisition of structures/shops and rehabilitation of affected households to the extent of Rs 38.56 crore, against which Rs 6 crore have been released/utilized. The work is in progress and completed from RD 500 to 2170.
Veeri further informed that the DPR for widening/up-gradation of road from Tattoo Ground to Khumaini Chowk via Bemina By-pass has been formulated at an estimated cost of Rs 14.33 crore, but due to resource constraints the same could not be approved under any scheme yet.