Asif Iqbal Naik
The government of Jammu and Kashmir Friday said that it supports the demand for providing alternative connectivity to Chenab valley with Kashmir province by way of construction of Sangpora-Vailoo tunnel.
In reply to A.Q No. 22 of Congress MLA G M Saroori, Under Secretary to Government Public Works (R&B) Department said that the proposal of construction of Sanpora-Vailoo tunnel still exists and government has not backtracked from it added that Finance Department Vide Govt Order No. 238-F of 2015 dated 8-12-2015 has initiated to undertake various projects under Public Private Partnership mode.
He further stated that the department is in the process of recommending a few selected projects to Finance Department in the matter which includes the tunnel project on Singpora-Vailoo road.
It is pertinent to mention that construction of Singpora-Viloo tunnel remains the dream project of former Chief Minister late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed who due to shortage of funds could not metalized his dream and the onus is now on PDP-BJP government to fulfil this unfulfilled dream of late Chief Minister.
The tunnel will provide alternative route to Kishtwar District of Jammu province with Kashmir throughout the year, besides, it will also increase trading facility as well as socio-economy of the areas which are considered as one of the most backward areas of the state.