The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday has given its approval for four laning of Ramban-Banihal and Udhampur-Ramban section of Jammu-Srinagar Highway – 1A (now NH-44). With approximate length of 72.17 Kms, the total cost of two projects is estimated to be Rs 3382.66 .
Approved in Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) mode, the work will be under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-II.
The details suggest that the Ramban-Banihal project’s estimated cost is to be Rs. 1623.98 crore including the cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road will be approximately 32.10 kms.
While the he cost of Udhampur-Ramban section is estimated to be Rs. 1758.68 crore including cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road will be approximately 40.07kms.
This step is said to expedite the implementation of six sub-projects in the State of Jammu & Kashmir under NHDP Phase-II. The officials privy to development said, “implementation of these projects would provide all-weather-connectivity from Jammu to the Kashmir valley. It will also reduce journey time from Jammu to Srinagar and strategic border areas in the State.”
“ Moreover, implementation of the project would result in development of basic infrastructure in the region which would ultimately lead to overall economic development of the regions of the State,” they added.