15,038-kanal Land Acquired For Qazigund-Baramulla Rail Line
16 October 2004
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: For construction of Qazigund-Baramulla railway line, 15,038 kanals of land has been acquired so far. This was disclosed at a high-level meeting of officers of Railways, Revenue, Planning, BSNL, Roads and Building, Forest, Beacon, Border Road Organisation, police and paramilitary forces at Srinagar.The meeting was presided over by Financial Commissioner S. D. Singh. Of the 15,038 Kanals of land, 7,661 Kanals has been acquired for construction of railway stations and 7,347 for construction of railway track. Rs 153.73 crore have so far been distributed among land owners and the IRCON Railway Construction Corporation has spent Rs 400 crore on the project during the year 2003-04, the meeting was told. The meeting was informed that of the 57 encroachments, 17 have been removed, while remaining would be removed in due course of time. The process of acquisition of land for the project and removal of encroachments is closely monitored by the respective Deputy Commissioners under the supervision of the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir. Regarding the provision of security to the employees and the labourers, nine companies of paramilitary forces and police have been so far been deployed against 18 companies demanded by the Railways. The remaining would be deployed soon. The meeting also reviewed the pace of work on 53-km Jammu-Udhampur rail link. Three approach roads to Udhampur, Sangan and Bajalta have been completed by Roads and Building department whereas six approach roads in Udhampur-Katra are being constructed by Kokan and IRCON Railways. Six approach roads in Katra-Qazigund 137-km railway line would be constructed by the Railway. The meeting was further told that shifting of utilities of various departments including Electricity, BSNL Irrigation PHE departments is also going on expeditiously. The meeting also reviewed the progress made under Border Area Development Programme (BADP) in the state and was informed that four road projects have been taken up at a cost of Rs 150 crore in the state. These include Safawali, Basan Gali of Yamianwali, Gulmarg-Asha and Mohalgala-Dabaen Khawal roads. The meeting also took stock on the progress made under 410-km National Highway 1A Pathankot-Jammu- Srinagar-Baramulla and Uri-Lakhanpur to Kunjwani and Srinagar. Financial Commissioner (Home) S. D. Singh directed the heads of the various departments responsible for the implementation of the ongoing projects to speed up the execution and maintain close coordination. The meeting was also attended by a battery of civil, police and army officers.