Planning Commission to fund Mughal Road Project
The Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, RPN Singh has said that the Mughal Road Project in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) to be fully funded by the Planning Commission of India subject to assessment / checking of the estimate by third party.
Addressing the All India Editors’ Conference on Social and Infrastructure Issues, he said the revised estimate cost of the project is Rs.692.11 crore without perspective escalation. The project was taken up directly by the Planning Commission in 2006 under Prime Ministers’ Reconstruction Programme in Jammu & Kashmir. The expenditure on this project has been reported to be Rs.255.52 crore till date.
The Minister said out of the total 448 kilometer lane of NH1A entrusted to NHAI in the State of Jammu & Kashmir, the work of four laning is under implementation on 113.65 km. He said the project of four laning of National Highway has been cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs and the work amounting to Rs.8436 crore is to be taken up on Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) Annuity basis failing which the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways may take this work on Engineering, Procurement & Contract (EPC) mode.
The Minister also said that an all weather road connection with Ladakh is of great strategic importance. The Ladakh region remains cut off through surface transport for six months in a year due to closing of Zojila pass during winter. One tunnel of 3.1 km length at Z-Morh between Gagangeer to Sonamarg and the other tunnel of 12 km length at Zojila are required to provide all weather road connectivity to the Ladakh region.
He said tenders have been issued for engagement consultants for preparing feasibility reports. Consultant has been appointed by Border Roads Organization for both the tunnels. The completion
period of DPR has been given as 18 months. The consultant has started work at the site. Singh also informed that proposal for a new toll policy is under consideration of the Center to rationalize it in remote and backward regions of the country.