Srinagar Circular Road Project spans three decades, govt blames ‘financial crunch’

Jammu: State government on Friday said that the Circular Road Project (CRP) taken up by Public Works Department (PWD) for improvement of road network in Srinagar city 33 years ago had been delayed due to financial constraints.
In a written reply to a  question  by NC legislator Mustafa Kamal in the Legislative Assembly, Minister Incharge PWD Abdul Majid Wani said that CRP for improvement of road network  in Srinagar was taken up for execution in 1981 at an estimated cost of Rs 1852.37 lacs.
He said that the cumulative expenditure of the project is of the order of Rs 66.78 crore ending December 2013 against earlier revised cost of Rs 72.50 crore which needs further revision.
“The delay in completion of the project is primarily due to financial constraints,” said Wani.
He said that the original order of the project has also not yet been made available to PWD by Housing and Urban Development Department,” said Wani.
He also said that the project envisaged construction of nine new roads and improvement, upgradation and widening of some existing roads and construction of major bridges.
He added that the CRP was taken to facilitate smooth movement of vehicular traffic in the interior of the old city thereby facilitating the transportation of public as well as goods.
He also informed that so far under the project 1034 structures have been removed, 175 kanals of land have been acquired and under its first phase out of 348 bottlenecks 105 have been removed so far.