Mehbooba for timely completion of highway projects in J&K

Jammu, April 26 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday stressed the need for timely completion of various highway projects in her state.

Describing connectivity as a prerequisite for bolstering economic growth, Mufti called for more effective coordination between different agencies so that work on prestigious road projects in the state was carried forward with greater urgency.

She said constructing roads in a hilly state like Jammu and Kashmir was a daunting task and sought the Centre’s active support in removing hurdles in the way of completion of these projects.

The chief minister made the remarks while chairing a high-level meeting to review the progress of work on national highways in the state.

The review comes in the backdrop of her meeting with Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi earlier this month.

She described as unacceptable the delay in timely completion of projects in Jammu region.

Mehbooba Mufti urged all state departments concerned to work in unison and resolve pending issues with the road transport ministry.

She said that while new projects were being implemented, maintenance of existing national highways, the Jammu-Srinagar highway in particular, should not be ignored.

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