Updated: November 25, 2021 5:16:37 am
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said that construction of the four lane national highway (NH-44) from Jammu to Srinagar will be completed by December 2023.
Addressing a rally in Doda after laying the foundation stone of over two dozen highway projects worth Rs 11,721 crore in J&K, he said: “I assure you that this work will be completed in two years and you will be able to reach Srinagar from Jammu in four hours,” he said.
About 85 per cent work on the 95-km-long road between Jammu, Udhapur and Nashri on NH44 has been completed, including the tunnel named after BJP ideologue DR Shama Prasad Mookherjee, the Minister said.
Gadkari added that work on the 60-km-road between Nashri to Banihal — both in Ramban district — will be completed by December 7, 2023. The widening of NH-44 into a four lane highway had started in 2011.
The BJP leader also spoke of the facilities that will be made available at Katra, which acts a s a base camp for pilgrims visiting the Vaishno Devi shrine in Trikuta Hills of Jammu. An inter-model railway station with a helipad and bus facility will be made, and it will be equipped with state of the art features, he said.
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