JAMMU: Minister for Agriculture Production Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura on Monday informed the Upper House that state government has given the highest priority for the construction of Sadhna tunnel, and “is earnestly pursuing the matter with the government of India for its sanction.”
He said with a view to improve the road condition, road safety and to avert accidents on Sadhna top on Kupwara-Karnah road, various works have been planned to be executed during the financial year 2018-19 by the project Beacon.
Responding to a calling attention notice moved by MLC, Qaiser Jamsheed Lone, Hanjura informed that the state government has took up the issue for construction of Sadhna Tunnel with the central minister for Defence during her visit to the state in September 2017.
Hanjura informed that 70 km long Kupwara-Karnah road passing through high mountains is maintained by BEACON.
“In case of heavy snowfall and avalanche warning, army restricts the movement of vehicles only upto Chowkibal Cantonment Gate from Kupwara side and upto Nachiyan from Karnah side,” he added.
He said that project Beacon has also proposed to construct 6.12 kms long Sadhna Tunnel on the road from Chowkibal-Tangdhar-Chamkot between km 28 to Km 42 which is under consideration with the ministry of Defence.
Hanjura informed that most of the accidents have occurred due to the negligence of drivers and when there was no snow on the terrain.
MLC also demanded to take the issue of construction of tunnel on priority and also take vigorous steps to avoid such accidents to save precious lives of people.