Federal Minister of Transport Nitin Gadkari has initiated multiple NH projects in Jammu and Kashmir, involving Rs 15,621 crore. As many as 25 NH projects with a length of 259 kilometers and a cost of Rs 11,721 crore started from the Dodo Stadium and laid the cornerstones. 24 major projects have been upgraded on a large scale in the Doda Kishtwar area, the black spot remediation of the Jammu-Pathankot National Highway and the construction of a key tunnel project on the Akhnoor-Poonch section of NH-144-A. The travel time to the border of Rajouri and Poonch will be greatly reduced. The Ministry’s ongoing projects include the upgrade of the Goha-Khellani part and the LR to Goha Village.
The total length is 9.46 kilometers and the project cost is 228.39 crore. Various other projects in Jammu and Kashmir cost 390 crore rupees. These projects include the improvement and upgrade of NH-227A (near Sikriganj to Barhaiganj) under the EPC model to two roads with paved shoulders at a cost of Rs 40.336 crore. Similarly, the project has also been approved under the Hybrid Annuity Model (HAM) model under the second phase of Bharatmala Pariyojana at a cost of Rs 304.402 crore, which will cover Punjab and J&K Utah.
In Ladakh, the minister approved the construction of three lanes of Drass, Kharboo and Kargil between Pandrass-Pashkyum on the Zojila-Kargil-Leh highway, two lanes. This work has been approved under the Vijayak Project (Border Road Organization), involving the EPC model, with an investment of Rs 426.14 crore.
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