JAMMU: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday inaugurated the 300-metre pre-stressed concrete double-lane Nikki Tawi bridge here.
Built at a cost of Rs 30 crore, the bridge would connect a population of sixty-thousand with the main city. The work has been completed in a record time of 13 months.
Addressing people after the inauguration, Mehbooba said that bridges not only connect areas but also bring people closer to each other.
She said her government had embarked on an ambitious connectivity plan for the state but the main objective was to connect hearts and minds.
Mehbooba said her government had planned the development of Jammu city in a way that befitted its history. She said soon the Bikram Chowk flyover would be thrown open for traffic.
She said parking slots were being developed at many spots in the city. She said Mubarak Mandi complex would be developed as a heritage site of national importance.
The chief minister said she had given categorical instructions that development projects should not be extended in terms of costs or timeline. “There has been a tendency to keep projects pending for 10-15 years,” she said, adding that she has directed that at the time of laying of foundation stone of a project, the completion date should also be mentioned in the plaque.
The chief minister complimented the people of Jammu for having maintained peace and harmony among various sections of society. She, however, cautioned people against the “nefarious designs of some negative elements who intend to spread canard and hatred in society.”
Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh in his address said that the completion of the bridge in record time was a tribute to former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who was keen that people of these villages should have easy connectivity to Jammu city.
PWD Minister Naeem Akhtar in his speech said that the need for such a bridge was felt for long and the completion of the project in time reflects the commitment and seriousness of the government. He also stressed on the need to connect people of the state emotionally so that the state marches ahead in one voice.
Minister for Health & Medical Education Bali Bhagat in his address thanked the chief minister for taking keen interest in the timely completion of the bridge. He said the coalition government has decided to revolutionise infrastructure and service delivery in the state.