36-km Banihal-Ramban 4 lane: 1 percent work completed in 14 months

KL News Network

Srinagar

Due to unknown reasons the work on the prestigious 36-km Banihal-Ramban stretch of the Srinagar-Jammu highway has been completely halted by Hindustan Construction Company.

Government of India had set 2019 as deadline for completing the four-laning of 36 km Ramban-Banihal section being developed as part of the Jammu-Srinagar Highway widening project.

The work on the stretch was started in December 2015 and since then only one percent of the work has been completed. This stretch is supposed to get completed to provide all-weather road connectivity to the Kashmir valley, however, it its completion seems a distant dream as work force and officials attached with this project have left the project.

Sources said that unlike Banihal-Ramban stretch, the work on the treacherous Udhampur-Ramban stretch of the highway is in full swing that is executed by construction company Gammon India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone of the 79-km Udhampur-Banihal stretch-Ramban-Udhampur road (43-km) and Banihal-Ramban road (36 km)-on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in 2016. The project is being executed at a cost of Rs 4,306 crore.

An official from Hindustan Construction Company blamed political workers for the mess. “These political workers have their own interests and interfere in our project. It is all politics, no one cares for development,” he said. (CNS)

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