Declare Mughal Road a National Highway, JK tells New Delhi

SRINAGAR: State government Thursday asked New Delhi to declare Mughal Road as a National Highway and to construct a tunnel at Peer Ki Gali for better connectivity through the route.
An official handout issued here said the state’s Minister for R&B, Gardens, Parks and Floriculture, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, raised the issue of “declaration of Mughal Road and other major roads of the state as National Highways” in a meeting with New Delhi’s Minister for Road Transport and Highways (RT&H) Nitin Gadkari. The plea was made in presence of Minister of State for Public Works Sunil Kumar Sharma and Members of the Parliament including Fayaz Ahmad Mir, Nazir Ahmad Laway, and Shamsher Singh Manhas, it said.
Bukhari, it said, raised the issue of construction of tunnels on various routes including a tunnel at Peer Ki Gali on Mughal Road, Singhpora-Vailoo tunnel, Lolab-Bandipora tunnel and the Sudh-Mahadev tunnel connecting Marmath of Doda district.
“The proposals for the construction of these tunnels have already been submitted to the Union Government. Gadkari assured that the union ministry for Road Transport and Highways will examine these proposals,” the handout said.
The Minister has also appealed Gadkari for early completion of the 4-lane National Highway Project while also laying stress on “up-gradation and improvement” of the existing Jammu-Srinagar highway, it said.
Meanwhile, the ministry of RT&H has agreed to enhance the sanctioned allocations under Central Road Funds (CRF) to a total of Rs 480 crore for the current fiscal, the handout said.
“It has asked for a Detailed Project Reports of the projects other than the already submitted 13 projects including up-gradation of old Airport road from Bypass to Rangreth and Dang-Duru to Hanzal Marwah in Kishtwar,” it said, adding “the ministry has agreed in principal to handover Srinagar-Baramulla highway to the state Public Works department.”
Bukhari, it said, also raised with Gadkari the issue of delay in completion of Sopore Bridge and Parimpora to Narbal road, stating that “the work by the central agencies is going at a snail’s pace”.
The state has got approval for Basohli-Bani-Bhadarwah Interstate Connectivity Project, costing Rs 197 crore, in addition to the already agreed upon funds by the ministry, it said.