J&K to get seven more tunnels: LG Manoj Sinha

J&K LG Manoj Sinha

Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): Jammu and Kashmir will have seven more tunnels which will be completed within a stipulated time frame and the tendering process for the same is on, J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said today.

“Let me announce here that seven more tunnels will be constructed in J&K UT in the next two years. Tendering process of many has been already done and other legalities are being completed,” he said. “To name a few are— Qazigund-Baninal tunnel, Chenani to Sudhmahadev tunnel and Chatru to Anantnag tunnel,” he added.

Pertinently, construction work on Zojila Tunnel in Kashmir’s Ganderbal started today for which the first blast was initiated by Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. The 14.15 km longest tunnel road in Asia will ensure all-weather connectivity between Srinagar and Leh on NH-1.

While addressing a press conference at Rajbhawan in Srinagar, J&K LG said that his mission to ensure overall development of all 20 districts of the Union Territory without any discrimination.

He announced sops for farmers by stating that 500 tractors will be given to the farmers on subsidised rates. Sinha also highlighted the achievements of J&K administration led by him, especially the ‘Back to Village’ program.

“I stand committed that I will ensure development to all 20 districts of the UT without any discrimination,” the LG said. While speaking on Zojila tunnel, the LG said the tunnel will be constructed at a cost of Rs 7,000 crore, which is Rs 4,000 crore less than the amount fixed for it earlier.

About the recent developmental initiatives and public grievance redressal system in villages through ‘Back to Village program-3, the LG said that the administration doesn’t believe in lip service but doing work on the ground.

“Five lakh people participated at 285 locations in the BV-3 programs. Every panchayat has been given a sports kit. Dustbins have also been provided to each panchayat,” he said. Sinha said that 4.25 lakh domicile certificates have been distributed among people.

“92 percent Adhaar seeding has been done so far and 100 per cent will be completed soon,” he said. The LG added that after Back to Village, the government will start “My town, My pride movement.”

In addition to this, he said 500 toilets will be constructed across the UT. The Centre has also released Rs 600 crore for the Srinagar ring road project, Sinha informed.