Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister of Road, Transport and Highways and Manoj Sinha, Jammu & Kashmir's Lieutenant Governor on Monday laid the foundation stones for four National Highway projects worth rupees 3,612 crore in J&K including the beginning of Srinagar Ring road project.
The Union Minister of the Union Territory for Road Transport and Highways, General VK Singh was also present on the event.
Gadkari while addressing the occasion has termed road connectivity as a important driver of the socio-economic growth and development of any area.
The Union Minister stated, "There is no dearth of funds in the ministry. I ensure you to bring in logistic support of every kind that is beneficial for the tourism and economy of J&K."
Gadhakari stated that the new road projects will further strengthen the connectivity in the state.
He added, hence these projects will open up new livelihood path for the local population, will enhance tourism and business activities and also improve the quality of life of the citizens.
Gadhakari stated that their focus is to reduce the travel time between the cities of India tremendously.
He also added that whether it is Delhi to Jammu or Jammu to Srinagar the travel time would decline to half by providing expressways and better road connectivity to the citizens.
The Union Minister added the giant highway road and tunnel projects will lessen the travel time from Delhi to Kashmir into eight hours in coming years.
He said that the long-pending eminent Ring Road project around Srinagar city will be completed by end of the year 2023.
The Union Minister also supported the initiative of eco-friendly measures in transport sector.
The Lt Governor, Sinha stated that these projects would yield the overall socio-economic development in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir.
These projects include the strengthening and upgradation of 43 kilometres existing carriageway on Baramulla Gulmarg Section of NH-701A and 28 kilometres stretch from Vailoo to Donipawa on Khellani Khanabal Section of NH-244.
Followed by a construction of new double lane bypass from Donipawa via Ashajipora which connects NH-244 and NH-44 and apart from this, the construction of much-awaited Srinagar Ring Road.