Mughal Road Nearing Completion22 March 2010
Jammu: The Minister for Roads and Buildings, G M Saroori Monday said the prestigious Mughal Road will be thrown open partially for the controlled vehicular traffic in mid-2010. The Mughal Road will cut short the 600-km journey from Poonch to Srinagar to about 80 kms. Saroori was replying to a Clubbed Question by M Y Taing and Vijay Bakaya in the Legislative Council during the Question Hour on Monday. He said that the completion time, as per the agreement signed with the Hindustan Construction Corporation (HCC) Ltd, is March 2011. However, the road will be completely open for the vehicular traffic after its completion. The Minister said that the Mughal Road stands sanctioned at an estimated cost of Rs.639.85 crores under Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Plan. “The funds are being released by the Planning Commission through State Planning & Development Department and Rs.310.40 crores have been incurred sofar on the said project. During the current financial year an amount of Rs.122.66 crores has been approved for its execution, against which an amount of Rs.61.83 crores has been incurred by ending February 2010,” he said. Saroori informed that during the Mughal Rule, the road was frequently used by the Mughal Emperors to enter the Valley of Kashmir. The ruins of about 9 ancient sarias still exist on the road in both the divisions of Jammu and Kashmir. He said owing to its historical significance, the Government is making plans for development and preservation of these sarais and forts, built on the road, during Mughal period. He said an amount of Rs.84 lakh have been spent on Chingus Sarai by the State Archaeology Department, adding that another monument, Shahi Masjid at Nowshera, is also been looked after by the State Archaeology Department. The Department has undertaken survey and identification of unprotected monuments and heritage places, he added. Replying to another question by Showkat Hussain Ganaie, the Minister informed the House that the widening of Shopian-Bijbehara Road via Chitragam-Zinpora Road is not approved in any programme at present. However, during the current year, macdamization of part of the road was taken under projectization programme and out of 30 km, 17.5 kms have been macadamized. While replying to supplementaries, the Minister said that Rs.1.40 crore are being spent for the development of the road, for which a survey has been conducted and DPR prepared by the department. In reply to another question by Nizam-ud-Din Khatana, the Minister for Roads and Buildings, G M Saroori informed the Legislative Council that all unconnected habitations, having population above 500 souls, are being connected by all weather roads under Bharat Nirman (PMGSY). He said that the habitations, Chakura, Daksum, Halhalan Gujjar Basti, Inderwan, Tangward, Halapora, Gawran and Cheerch of the Kokernag area are also being connected under the programme. He said that adequated compensation has been advanced by the PMGSY to the respective District Collectors for disbursement in favour of rightful land owners after fulfilment of all the requisite formalities. He said that an estimated cost of Rs.166.72 lakh have been sanctioned for the execution of Chakura Daksum road and Rs.279.35 lakh have been sanctioned for Halhalan Gujjar Basti road. Similarly, an amount of Rs.117.56 lakh have been sanctioned under PMGSY for the construction of Inderwan road while Rs.557.64 lakh have been sanctioned for Tangward and Rs.257.64 lakh for Halapora road.