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Harsh Dev appeals Gadkari to ensure early construction of Salmay Bridge, Udhampur-Ghordi road
6/18/2024 9:42:41 PM
Early Times Report
UDHAMPUR, June 18: Former Minister and State President JKNPP (India), Harsh Dev Singh appealed through a memorandum sent to Nitin Gadkari Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, who was on a visit to J&K, seeking fulfilment of his commitment regarding double laning of Udhampur-Ghordi road and early construction of Salmay Bridge in District Udhampur. The memorandum stated:- "while expressing our gratitude to you for visiting Ghordi during 2014 Elections held in J&K, we wish to remind your honour about the public commitment made by you for double laning of the 38 km road from Udhampur to Ghordi. You had assured immediate commencement of work on the said project and its early completion while addressing a gathering of thousands of people assembled on the occasion.
We are aware that you had issued instructions in this regard for execution of the said road project under CRF and the work was also started but regretfully abandoned merely after straightening a few curves. The result is that out of 38 kms of single road, it is only a few kms that has been double-laned leaving the rest around 25 kms of road in shabby condition. On public agitating over the issue, it was said that funds under CRF had been stopped by the centre and that around 18 kms of single lane stretch would be black-topped under PMGSY and that double laning of the same was not possible. It was further apprised by the local administration that there were no funds for even black-topping & upgradation of the around 10 kms of single lane road up to Kaldi which continued to be in the most deplorable condition and unfit for traffic. Most shocking however is the fact that there is no bridge on river Tawi at Salmay falling on the alignment of the said road. Around 1000 vehicles ply every day on the said road catering to a population of over 1.50 lacs. In the absence of a bridge, all the said vehicles are using an aqueduct to cross over the river. The said aqueduct constructed by PDC has been declared unsafe for traffic around 20 years back. It has now been closed for public transport causing huge inconvenience to general masses. Strange however that despite the matter being in the notice of authorities concerned has failed to elicit appropriate response.
Sad that even your commitments and directions have been taken non-seriously resulting in public uproar and resentment".
Harsh Dev appealed to the Union Minister that double lane from Udhampur to Ghordi alongwith the Bridge on its alignment at Salmay be constructed as assured and committed by him in the public rally held in 2014 so that the public of the area could heave a sigh of relief.
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