Better road connectivity key to economic development, say Veeri

Minister for Public Works and Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri, Tuesday said that concerted efforts are underway to develop road connectivity in the State, including the desert districts of Leh and Kargil. Addressing a high level meeting, convened here to review the progress of various roads being built by R&B Department under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) in Ladakh region, the Minister said better road connectivity is key component of development in rural areas. Minister for Cooperative, Tresing Dorjey, Legislators, Asgar Ali Karbalai and Mohammad Baqir Rizvi, Chairman, Hill Council, Leh and Executive Councilor, Hill Council, Kargil also attended the meeting. Besides Commissioner Secretary, R&B, Rohit Kansal, Director Planning (R&B), Tariq Ahmad, Chief Engineers and SEs of R&B and PMGSY of Ladakh division and other senior officers were present.
The meeting was informed that 71 road projects have been taken up in Ladakh division at an estimated cost of Rs 355 crore of which 55 schemes connecting 41 habitations have been completed and work is in progress on 16 schemes, which are at different stages of completion.
Reviewing the R&B sector in Kargil district, the Minister was informed that the district has total road length of 1083 km of which 556 km have been upgraded.

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