Various teams set up to speed up four-laning work on Jammu-Srinagar NH: Officials

Authorities in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir have constituted various teams of officers to remove all bottlenecks hindering the progress of four-laning construction work on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, officials said on Saturday. The widening work on the 270-km highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country, started in 2011 and is likely to be completed by the end of next year after missing several deadlines. District Development Commissioner, Ramban, Nazim Zai Khan constituted various teams of officers to remove all bottlenecks hindering the progress of construction work during a meeting which was among others attended by officers of revenue department and National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), the officials said. Reviewing section wise progress on the four-laning of the highway, especially in the most problematic zones, especially Nashri-Banihal section, Khan discussed issues related to land acquisition, removal of structures and felling of trees in Right of Way (RoW) and shifting of power transmission towers in detail. He expressed concern over delay in the process of shifting of towers and felling of trees causing unnecessary hindrances in smooth progress of work. With regard to progress on additional land acquisition cases process, the DDC asked collector land to expedite the process so that the land falling in the alignment of the project is handed over to NHAI at the earliest to undertake construction works. Khan also instructed the NHAI and the construction agencies associated with the highway four-laning project to ensure maintenance of the existing road to avoid traffic disruption. He asked those concerned to take all measures to keep the road traffic-worthy, the officials said. The district development commissioner also directed the agencies to adhere to the guidelines of the National Green Tribunal and conditions of the contract agreement to avoid criminal proceedings.