Basharat Bukhari reviews progress on railway, highway projects

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RAMBAN: Minister for Horticulture, Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, Syed Basharat Ahmed Bukhari, on Tuesday convened a meeting to review the progress of ongoing prestigious projects being executed by Northern Railways and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
The meeting took stock of four-laning of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway from Nashri to Jawahar tunnel and Katra-Banihal railway line project and also discussed issues hampering the pace of these prestigious projects.
The Minister directed both the authorities to accord priority to locals while employing people on the projects, especially with regards to skilled manpower. He also asked the authorities to ensure that the salaries being paid to local skilled manpower is at par with their contemporaries in other parts of the country and remove discrepancies if any.
Taking a serious note of the concern raised by legislators regarding delays in clearance of compensation claims by the Railways, the Minister directed the Northern Railways Authorities to expedite the process and clear pending cases within a month’s time. He also stressed upon authorities to expedite the rent claim cases for people who have been affected due to these projects.
Similar directions were passed to NHAI to ensure no delays in clearing the compensation claim cases so that people do not suffer undue difficulties.
With regards to the natural water sources being adversely affected by ongoing development projects, Bukhari directed agencies to take up simultaneous restoration and preservation measures for these water sources. He also asked the agencies to take up remedial measures to ensure drinking water supply to left out areas affected due to drying of some water sources and judiciously utilize Rs 3.89 crore funds released for the purpose.