'Kashmir’s Mughal Road Project To Be Completed By March 2013’

'Kashmir’s Mughal Road Project To Be Completed By March 2013’

12 March 2012
PTI


Jammu: The prestigious Mughal Road Project, which will connect the Kashmir Valley’s mountainous Shopian district with the border district of Poonch in Jammu region as an alternative highway, is likely to be completed by March 2013. According to the Action Taken Report (ATR) for the year 2011-12, 83 per cent of the road length (70 km out of a total of 84 km) was blacktopped by November 15, 2011. Another 7 km is expected to be completed in the next few weeks, completing 90 per cent of smooth riding surface for road users, it said. The project’s seven major bridges and allied minor works will be completed by this year, the report said. It achieved financial progress of Rs 429.27 crore ending March 2011, the report said, adding the expenditure on the project was Rs 486.80 crore as on November 15 last year, which amounts to approximately 77 per cent of the cost. The concerned department foresees a cumulative expenditure of Rs 540 crore ending March 2012, subject to availability of funds and favourable conditions in the area. The project retraces the route traversed during the Mughal era over a century ago, travelling from Lahore to Kashmir via Rajouri and Poonch border districts.