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Modi visiting J&K on May 19
PM to lay foundation of Rs 939.41 Cr Srinagar semi-Ring road project
SRINAGAR/JAMMU, May 10: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, today announced the Prime Minister will lay foundation stone of Rs. 939.41 crore Semi-Ring Road project on May 19.

The Divisional Commissioner announced this in a meeting he was chairing in which he took a detailed review of the status of the land acquisition process for the construction of Srinagar Semi-Ring Road project.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is arriving on a day long visit to J&K on May 19.

During his day long visit, the Prime Minister is also scheduled to lay foundation stone of Zojila tunnel through remote control from Leh, where he will also participate in 100th birth anniversary celebrations of Ladakh spiritual leader Kushak Bakula and address the gathering there.

Zojila tunnel at an altitude of 11,578 feet on Srinagar-Kargil-Leh National Highway will be constructed at a cost of Rs 4899 Cr and will provide all-weather connectivity to Ladakh with the rest of nation. From Leh, he will fly to Srinagar to inaugurate Kishenganga power project.

In the afternoon, Modi would reach Srinagar and inaugurate Kishenganga power project. Jammu will figure in the last leg of his day long visit. After laying foundation stone of Jammu Ring Road and inaugurating Tarakote Marg from Katra to Adh Kunwari at Zorawar Singh auditorium, he will wrap up his day long visit after attending Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology- Jammu (SKUAST-J).

He will fly back to the union capital in the evening.

Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and the Union Minister of State for Power R K Singh will accompany the Prime Minister.

In today’s meeting chaired by the Divisional Kashmir, DDC Srinagar, Superintending Engineer R&B, Project Director National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Assistant Commissioner Central, Deputy Director Planning, and Vice President RAMKY among other concerned was present in the meeting. District Development Commissioner Budgam participated via video conferencing.

The meeting was informed that all districts except Budgam have transferred their land to the National Highway Authority of India, adding the remaining 30 percent land in Budgam will be transferred within three days.

On the recommendations of the Divisional Commissioner, the NHAI agreed to transfer Rs 120 Cr to Budgam and Rs. 35 Cr to Srinagar district administrations for land acquisition by tomorrow. It was said the agency will transfer the remaining Rs 300 Cr to Budgam on May 14.

He also directed the NHAI authorities to transfer pending amount immediately to the other district administrations for onward disbursement among the people whose land has been acquired for the road.

He directed the concerned departments to coordinate in order to ensure that all bottlenecks are removed before the foundation stone is laid by the Prime Minister on May 19.

Khan said the vital project would revolutionize the road connectivity between South and Central Kashmir and will greatly help in intra and inter-district transport.

News Updated at : Friday, May 11, 2018
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