Vohra stresses on need for better road connectivity in J&K

30 July 2008

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra today emphasised the need for drafting a master plan to provide road connectivity to all areas, including the remote and difficult terrains of the state. He was attending a meeting to review working of the Roads and Buildings department, the first of a series of parleys to appraise the functioning of government bodies. Vohra asked officials to give special emphasis on quality of work and maintenance of completed projects. 'Better connectivity is a sure means for development. People will feel dissatisfied if roads are in a bad shape,' he said. He cited the instance of Poonch-Rajouri road and said it takes 11 hours to cover the distance from Jammu to Poonch due to bad condition of the road. Vohra said funds were not a constraint for development activities and asked the concerned departments to utilise these in full. He sought details of the on-going construction works of the Mughal road connecting Shopian district of Kashmir valley with Poonch district in Jammu division. Officials of the department said 32 kms on either side of the 84 km road have been completed and it would be open for traffic by October 2010.