Anantnag: With the opening of Qazigund and Awantipora bypasses on Srinagar-Jammu highway for traffic Monday, the Srinagar-Qazigund section of the expressway is now fully operational significantly reducing the travel time.
“It is a moment of great satisfaction for me to announce that the Srinagar-Qazigund expressway corridor is now fully operational for traffic with the opening of 4 KM Qazigund Bypass and 7.5 KM Awantipora Bypass,” Minister for Works, Naeem Akhtar said after commissioning the two stretches Monday.
The Minister, accompanied by Minister of State for Forests, Mir Zahoor Ahmad, undertook extensive visit of the highway to personally take stock of the progress of work.
Akhtar said that with the commissioning of all the four key stretches of the highway including Pampore Bypass, Awantipora Bypass, Bijbehara Bypass and Qazigund Bypass the travel time between Srinagar and Qazigund will be just around 1 hour now bypassing all the traffic bottlenecks.
He said with the commissioning of 8.5 km long new Banihal-Qazigund two-tube tunnel, the travel distance between Srinagar and Jammu would be further cut. “The executing agency has already achieved breakthrough on one tube of the tunnel and breakthrough on second tube is expected within next 15 days,” Akhtar said and added that if everything goes well, the tunnel would be ready for commissioning by the end of this year.