Mughal Road: CM Seeks PM’s Intervention

Mughal Road: CM Seeks PM’s Intervention

10 October 2013
Greater Kashmir
Umer Maqbool

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday said Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has sought personal intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for construction of a tunnel to make Mughal Road an all-weather route. This was disclosed by the government in Upper House as National Conference legislator Shehnaz Ganai took on successive regimes of the State for failing to make the vital link, connecting Kashmir Valley with Pir Panchal region, an all-weather route. “The State government has forwarded the Detailed Project Report of the tunnel to the Planning Commission, Government of India, and the Chief Minister vide D.O No. PW(R&B) Plan-35-2012 dated 04.10.2013 has sought the personal intervention of the Hon'ble Prime Minister GOI, for positive consideration of the proposal at an earliest,” the government informed the House. The government said that 20-kilometer stretch of the route receives heavy snowfall during winter and the construction of a tunnel is must to keep the route open during winter. “This has also been recommended by the member Planning Commission and 3rd party consultants deputed by the Planning Commission,” it said. Raising supplementary queries, Shehnaz Ganai said the road would boost economic ties between Kashmir and Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu division. “This route will bridge the distance between the two parts of the State and the project was a dream of Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah,” she said. The NC legislator said there has been inordinate delay in completion of the ongoing work on the 84-kilometer road. “Why have we missed deadline after deadline?” she asked. Replying to the query, Planning Minister Ajay Sadhotra said 93 percent work on the project has been completed. “An amount of Rs 596.45 crores has been incurred on the project,” the minister said. The foundation stone of Mughal Road project was laid by former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad along with his then coalition partner Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on October 1, 2005. The project had to be completed by 2008. Since then, the project has missed several deadlines.