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Old July 16th, 2009, 07:55 AM   #101
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Rail link clears roadblocks to J&K development


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Banihal: The Indian Railways may be under fire for rushing through the high-profile tracks connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country without proper surveys, but the project has come as a blessing for the people here. Indeed, it has radically changed the lives of around 40,000 people along the 150km stretch between the Pir Panjal range and Reasi by constructing roads and building infrastructure for the first time since Independence. Pir Panjal is at a height of 13,500 feet.

Northern Railways chief administrative officer R K Gupta said the railways have connected 60 hamlets in the area with the mainland by constructing around 260km of roads. ‘‘Before this the people here hadn’t even seen a vehicle,’’ he said. ‘‘They used to trek to far off places for medicines and other basic needs.’’ The area where roads have been built is between Reasi and Bakal along the Chenab. ‘‘The roads on both sides of Chenab were constructed to take men and material to project sites. On Bakal side, we’ve also constructed a 500 m tunnel that has cut distance between Reasi and Bakal by 12 km,’’ said Gupta, adding that buses have started plying in the area.

A local resident, Mohammad Din, said the people of the region were amazed by these developments. ‘‘We now have mobile phones and access to hospitals and schools thanks to the roads,’’ he said. Another resident Mohammad Taskeen said the project has been a boon for business and also changed their social life. ‘‘Earlier, people used to marry within Reasi, but now we’re been finding relations in distant places like Ramban and Batote,’’ he said.

The connectivity has provided farmers with markets for their agricultural produce in Jammu and Srinagar. ‘‘People have set up shops and bought vehicles,’’ said Taskeen, and added, ‘‘We also have access to medical facilities at the district headquarters and on either side of the Banihal pass.’’

‘‘We have helped build a school in Sangaldan,’’ said Gupta, adding that the railways are operating another school in the area from their building. ‘‘We’ll construct the building once the state government gives us the land,’’ he said. The project has generated direct employment for one person from 75% households that lost land to the project. The railways will maintain these roads even after the project is over.




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Northern Railways, which is building the longest railway tunnel, called Tunnel-80, connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country, will complete the entire project by 2010. The railways have used the New Austrian Tunnelling Method of tunnelling technology for the project that has already saved two years of work. The cost of the project is around Rs 647 crore.
Nearly two-third of the project work related to drilling of the tunnel is complete. The tunnel will run around 440m below Jawahar Tunnel, the only surface link between Kashmir and rest of India at the moment. A 3.5-km long stretch of tunnelling and drilling work remains and this is expected to complete next year.
The rail link project running through the Pir Panjal range is the world's highest railway structure-five times the height of Delhi's Qutub Minar.
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Old September 9th, 2009, 10:59 PM   #103
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A train comes out of the Wushaoling tunnel in China

Srinagar, Sept. 6: Jammu and Kashmir is bracing for a rare feat: the opening of the country’s longest railway tunnel that will realise the century-old dream of connecting the Valley with the rest of India by train.

Eight kilometres of the 11km tunnel have been completed, and it is set to be opened for traffic by December next year. The tunnel will run from Qazigund in the Valley to Banihal in Jammu, boring through the mighty Pir Panjal mountains.

It will be Asia’s second-largest tunnel, behind only the 20km Wushaoling tunnel in Gansu, northwest China, easily beating India’s current longest, the 6.5km Karbude tunnel of the Konkan Railway.

“This is surely an engineering marvel,” said Colonel Parminder Singh, assistant general manager of Ircon, the railway ministry arm constructing the tunnel. “We have completed 4.5km from the Banihal side and 3.5km from the Qazigund side. We are now in the last stage of the project.”

The Rs 647-crore project will cap another milestone by the railways — the 119km stretch from Baramulla in north Kashmir to Qazigund in south Kashmir, which became operational a few months ago.

However, a Valley resident who catches a train from Baramulla or Srinagar and arrives in Banihal will then have to ride a bus or car to Udhampur before he can take a train again to travel deeper into India. The railway stretch from Banihal to Udhampur is yet to be completed.

Work on the tunnel began six years ago simultaneously with the Qazigund-Baramulla stretch after then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee announced a 292km rail link between Baramulla and Udhampur, connecting the Valley with the rest of country, a project conceived more than 100 years ago.

When completed, it would be a viable alternative to the 300km Jammu-Srinagar highway, on which travel is risky but which is now the only surface link between Kashmir and the rest of India.

The Rs 11,000-crore rail link is divided into three sections — Udhampur-Katra, Katra-Qazigund and Qazigund-Baramulla. The third stretch alone stands completed and is operational.

The remaining two sections pass through difficult terrain and will have numerous tunnels and bridges, including the world’s highest bridge, 359 metres high and 1.3km long, over the river Chenab.

Only when these two sections are complete will the dream of a long-distance train chugging into the Valley from mainland India be realised. Work on the Katra-Qazigund stretch, however, was stopped last year after some experts raised doubts about the track alignment.

But work on the Qazigund-Banihal tunnel has continued uninterrupted, and care is being taken to provide it with modern drainage, fire-fighting and ventilation facilities. The tunnel has a three-metre-wide road running parallel to the tracks to deal with emergencies.

Construction is being done following the Austrian tunnelling method, first used in India for the Delhi Metro. The method involves the integration of surrounding soil formations into a ring-like support structure.
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Don't they have problems while tunneling ?. Two tunnels between Udhampur and Katra had serious problems and they are struggling to find a solution. Wonder such a long tunnel had no problems. If any body has any further information on this tunnel or want to post additional information are welcome.
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Lots of railway tunnels are coming up... i visited the Banihal tunnel being constructed by HCC for IRCON...the total length is 13 Km approx....around 10-11 kms is done..In sangaldan Afcons is constructing a tunnel for KONKAN railway...they work has been at a good pace and they gave us a purchase order on our visit..this was my first sales order ...

There has been a big problem of cement in J&K...in the banihal site there was non-availability of OPC cement which gives quite good strength while shotcreting..they were doing shotcreting using PPC cement...the price per kg of cement has been increasing and the railway freights have given a lower priority of transporting cement.
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Lots of railway tunnels are coming up... i visited the Banihal tunnel being constructed by HCC for IRCON...the total length is 13 Km approx....around 10-11 kms is done..In sangaldan Afcons is constructing a tunnel for KONKAN railway...they work has been at a good pace and they gave us a purchase order on our visit..this was my first sales order ...

There has been a big problem of cement in J&K...in the banihal site there was non-availability of OPC cement which gives quite good strength while shotcreting..they were doing shotcreting using PPC cement...the price per kg of cement has been increasing and the railway freights have given a lower priority of transporting cement.
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Old March 27th, 2010, 12:45 AM   #107
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It is exciting to see the comments posted by JJain. Thanks for the Info. Do you have any latest photo updates on the tunnel T80 and other tunnels and bridges being constructed in the Katra-Qazigund stretch.
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Jammu, March 27(Scoop News) -- The J&K Government is looking forward to harness solar energy to provide power supply to the people in mountainous areas of Nobra and Zanskar in the Leh region.

Minister for Tourism, Rigzin Jora, gave this information, in reply to a question by Tsetan Namgyal. The Minister said that the Science & Technology Department, which work as Nodal Agency for Union Ministry for Renewable Energy, has conducted a survey for taking up the solar energy project in the twin border areas of Nobra and Zanskar.
The Minister also gave details about the electrification of villages being carried out in the Nobra area. He also gave the details about Micro hydel projects proposed for the area.



In reply to the questions of Ashwani Kumar and Sofi Abdul Gaffar, clubbed with this question, the Minister gave details about the status of power development works in their respective constituencies In reply to another question of Nizam-u-Din Bhat, the Minister gave details about the measures suggested by the Environment Impact Assessment Study for mitigating any adverse impact on the environment due to the construction of the Kishan Ganga Hydel Project. Rigzin Jora, while replying to supplimentaries on a series of similar questions raised, during Question Hour, here today. The Minister said that the consultancy would conduct a comprehensive survey in all the three regions of the State and suggest measures to harness the tourist potential more optimally.



Responding to the demands of the Members, the Minister said that the provisions allow for expanding the scope and jurisdiction of a particular Development Authority, on the public demand. He said that it was the prime objective of the Government to expand the scope of the vital tourism industry to every potential area and various measures are being taken in this regard. In reply to the question of Ashok Kumar, the Minister said that the Government has contacted Goa Institute of Water Sports for survey and consultancy to recommend measures for promoting Water Sports in Baglihar Dam Lake. He also gave details about the tourism infrastructure development works taken up in Sanasar and Batote areas.



In reply to another question by Mohammad Ashraf , the Minister said that there was no proposal for creating Sub-Division within Wullar- Manasbal. He, however, said that some more villages, having tourism potential are being included under the ambit of the Development Authority. The Minister also informed that the Tourism Department has spent Rs 19.45 lakh and Rs 4.07 lakh for developing facilities for visiting devotees at Baba Shakur-ud-Din Shrine and Tujar Sharief, respectively.



The Minister also gave a detailed resume of the tourism development activities in Tral area of the Kashmir Division and Bani Tehsil of the Jammu division, in reply to the clubbed questions of Mushtaq Ahmad Shah and Lal Chand Basharat Bukhari, Nizam-udin Bhat, Abdul Razak and Sayed Bashir raised supplimentaries on these questions


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Power Project Baglihar phase-II to be completed in 2014-15

Jammu, March 25 (Scoop News) – The Minister for Medical Education, R.S. Chib today said that a Project Report of Rs.2800 crore for construction of Baglihar Hydro Power Project stage-II has been prepared and the execution of this power project would be completed upto the financial year 2014-15.The Minister for Medical Education, R.S. Chib on behalf of the Minister for Power today informed the Legislative Council that all precautions and norms have been observed and undertaken while impounding of Baglihar Power Project reservoir.

Replying to a clubbed question by Naresh Kumar Gupta, B.R. Kundal and Vijay Bakaya, the Minister informed the House that the reservoir rim studies of Baglihar reservoir from Dam to Pul Doda were got conducted through Geological Survey of India (GSI), who have mentioned in their studies that both banks of River Chenab comprise mostly of rocks. He said the GSI has further reported that water in the river is restricted to the narrow gorge of river Chenab, except at places where major nallahs enter the river.

The Minister said that in view of the reports of GSI, the protection measures near banks of the river where not suggested. He, however, said the Soil Conservation Department has formulated a Baglihar Catchment Area Treatment Plan of Rs.15.96 crore to protect the uphill slope and stop the ingress of silt from the nallahs, draining the catchment, and so far the Department has spent Rs.7.57 crore on the Catchment Area Treatment Plan Project.The Minister said that in February 2009, a pre-existing slide at Assar got activated due to heavy and incessant rains, adding that except this slide, no more slides have occurred.
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Jammu to have artificial lake by 2012

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Jammu, Apr 4 (PTI) To give a boost to tourism in the city, an artificial lake would be built along the river Tawi by 2012, Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Revenue Raman Bhalla said at a function here today.

"The artificial lake would also be completed by 2012 at a cost of Rs 25 crore," Bhalla said.

The government has also prepared a comprehensive plan to develop the Bagh-e-Bahu up to Harki Poodi temple on modern lines and Rs 90 lakh has been sanctioned for constructing view points, a pathway and widening of roads, he said.
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Remote Kashmir roads to target militancy, provide jobs

This is one road less travelled in the over two decades of bloody militancy in troubled Jammu and Kashmir. But now the state government is focussing in a major way on road construction in remote mountain areas to not only create jobs and bring development but also help wipe out terrorism.

Of the nearly 2,200 road projects taken up by the state's roads and buildings department, 75 percent are remote and rural roads.

"We are focussing more on roads in remote areas as they help in wiping out militancy from there by providing easy accessibility to security forces," Roads and Buildings Minister Ghulam Mohammad Saroori told IANS in an interview.

The state government's mantra for the roads project is wiping out militancy, creating jobs and boosting the economy, besides promoting tourism.

Saroori said: "The centre has included Jammu and Kashmir also in the package that was granted to northeast states for construction of roads in insurgency-affected areas."

The move to have road projects in remote and rural areas has been discussed with union Road Transport and Highways Minister Kamal Nath, Saroori added.

"Now we are also focusing on roads in militancy-infested areas so that security forces reach there faster and the roads also boost the economy, provide jobs and bring development to the area," Saroori said.

Citing examples, the minister pointed out that road connectivity to remote areas like Sinthan, Anshan, Dachan, Marwah in Kishtwar district, Loran and Mandi in Poonch and many such areas in Rajouri, Doda, Reasi, Udhampur and Kathua districts of the Jammu region and Kupwara, Baramulla, Shopian, Anantnag, Bandipore, in the Kashmir Valley "has helped us in clearing the area of militants".

The minister specifically mentioned vital road links like the 34 km-long link between Gool (in Reasi district of the Jammu region) with Kulgam (in south Kashmir), and the Kishtwar-Sinthan road (Jammu region).

"Both these roads are important from the security point of view as well because of the presence of militants in thick forests there. Militancy started waning as the road link came through."

Saroori noted that the 84 km-Mughal Road being built at a cost of Rs.639 crore would be one of the vital links between Kashmir Valley and the twin districts of Rajouri-Poonch in the Jammu region.

"The fair-weather road link is through and we will throw it open by June-July this year." This road too passes though thick mountainous forests which earlier offered a safe haven to militants.

With more road projects coming up in remote and rural areas, the local population was involved in the construction work, generating employment in the area.

"I have ordered that all big and small contractors be allotted work on merit, besides employing local labourers in the work," Saroori said.

The minister, referring to the recently constructed road from Kishtwar to Anshan, militancy-infested areas in Kishtwar, disclosed: "When I inaugurated the road, the people there were happy to see a bus for the first time. They had seen helicopters (used for security and evacuation purposes) but had not seen a bus."

With the construction of these roads in remote areas, food grains and supplies are expected to reach faster and people can also be provided medical facilities.

"You can imagine the remoteness of these areas where it takes a minimum of one day to reach the nearest motorable road."

Jammu and Kashmir state, most of which is tough and difficult mountainous terrain, has 25,000 km of roads, of which 12,000 km are fair-weather roads.

In the last financial year (2009-2010), the department has constructed 5,000 km of new roads at a cost of Rs.1

,http://www.littleabout.com/news/9024...e-jobs.html500 crore.
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Third tunnel opens at Vaishno Devi shrine

JAMMU: With the opening of a third tunnel, waiting time for pilgrims visiting the Vaishno Devi shrine has been further cut. The tunnel is connected to the sanctum sanctorum of the cave shrine at a height of 5,200 feet above sea level.

On an average, the shrine attracts 25,000-30,000 pilgrims a day. This is one of the peak seasons for the pilgrims. And the rush is expected to rise further. Last year, the shrine got eight million pilgrims.

"We are expecting the number of pilgrims to touch 10 million in the next couple of years," Jammu and Kashmir tourism minister Rigzin Jora said on Wednesday.

The construction of the tunnel started two years ago and was completed in March this year.

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India to restore telecom link from JK to Pakistan

Srinagar: In a bid to facilitate trade, the Government of India has cleared a proposal to permit international calls from Jammu and Kashmir to Pakistan after a gap of 20 years, informed sources said. This facility will be confined to select trade centres.

The international subscriber dialling (ISD) facility to Pakistan from Jammu and Kashmir was withdrawn in 1990 following the outbreak of separatist violence, reports IANS.

The sources said the Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) would install ISD facilities in the offices of the District Development Commissioner (Poonch), the Manager of the District Industries Centre (Poonch), the custodian of Line of Control (LoC) trade in Salamabad in north Kashmir's Baramulla district and in the office of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Srinagar.

Traders in the state had been demanding a phone link between Jammu and Kashmir and Muzaffarabad, capital of the Pakistan-governed Kashmir, since cross-border trade began in 2008.

Presently, no one can make telephone calls from Jammu and Kashmir to Pakistan.

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Chamba Bhaderwah road construction begins.

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At present a 50 km stretch of the Bhaderwah-Chamba road is traffic worthy till village Thanalla which is situated 22 km from Bhaderwah town. Thereafter the road is closed to traffic because of landslides caused by rains.

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J&K gets Rs 6,000 crore plan, and a pat

Finally, when the plan discussions took place in New Delhi on Friday, Jammu and Kashmir had a lot to cheer about , Rs 6,000 crore plan allocation, and another Rs 1200 crore under Prime Minister Reconstruction Plan.

More than this was the appreciation of the state’s direction in steering the economic development in the challenging times.

Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahaluwalia complimented Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for providing a direction that would lead the state to new heights.

The state had been waiting for the plan allocation for over four months now. But when it was finally allocated today, there were smiles all around among the officials who had prepared the plan with meticulous details and precision .

Also came a pat for the Employment policy of the state. The policy makers in the planning commission told J&K delegation that they would like to emulate it at the national level.

In cool statistical terms, the Planning Commission approved the size of current year’s Annual Plan for J&K at Rs 6000 crore, a straight hike off 9 per cent, or Rs 500 crore more than the previous year’s allocation.

An additional Special Plan Assistance of Rs 4606 crore will be made available by the Centre to the State, over and above the State’s entitlement for fully funding the Plan.

Additionally, the State is going to receive Rs 1200 crore under Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Plan (PMRP).

The Planning Commission has conveyed its deep appreciation of the efforts being put in by the Coalition Government led by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for translating development measures into concrete and positive outcomes.

In particular, the Planning Commission had a word of praise for the Chief Minister and his team for moving decisively on the reforms agenda—both in the Urban and Power sectoRs

Based on a considered assessment of the State’s resources during current year and a clear endorsement of the State Government’s requirement of pursuing a vibrant and effective developmental agenda, the Planning Commission today approved such a size of plan for the state, in need of extra pace of development both in building infrastructure.

It was a result of a shared theme of the Omar Abdullah Government and the Centre that the development was intrinsically linked to peace and prosperity of the state.

The violence of the past 20 years had ruined the infrastructure and also threw additional challenges of governance.

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Azad Stresses on added efforts to make Bhaderwah a vast tourist hub,Jammu Press boycotts
by Vijay Kumar June 16, 2010
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Bhaderwah/Jammu,June 16 (Scoop News) - Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad, today said that Bhaderwah has marched tremendously towards progress and prosperity during last few years thus occupying a significant place in national tourist map but still a lot needs to be done to make this place the most liked tourist hub of the country.

Referring to road connectivity of Bhaderwah with different parts of the District and neighboring state Himachal Pardesh, he said that with the upgradation and augmentation of Bhaderwah-Chamba and Bhaderwah– Bani–Basohli road, an alternate road connectivity, will certainly help in giving a fillip to tourism, trade and people to people contact. With the completion of these road projects the local made products and other items will get huge exposure in other parts of the country.
Basohli is in Kathua district near Jammu in J&K, Chamba is in Himachal pradesh..
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A. Project Introduction
1. Jammu and Kashmir Urban Development Sector Project (JKUDSP) is under preparation for sector loan funding from the Asian Development Bank for improving infrastructure and municipal services in two municipal corporations and selected tourist centres within Jammu and Kashmir State. The two cities are Jammu and Srinagar. The tourist centres and other important towns initially selected for consideration are Patnitop (Jammu region), Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonmarg (Kashmir region). The project will include investment in physical infrastructure plus proposals for capacity building and institutional strengthening of city and state authorities.
2. In accordance with ADB’s procedure for sector lending, a set of four sample subprojects have been selected in the two Project cities of Srinagar & Jammu for project preparation and processing in each of the four major urban sub-sectors namely – Water Supply, Sewerage, Solid Waste Management, and Urban Transport. Out of these four sample subprojects, two sample subprojects have been selected in Jammu city and two sample subprojects in Srinagar City.
3. Since the Project is mainly concentrated in the cities of Jammu and Srinagar, a very limited presence of IP households was noted in the socio-economic survey (SES) undertaken during the course of initial poverty and social analysis. No adverse impacts of the subprojects have been identified on the IP households in any of the sample subprojects. It would also be worthwhile to note that the IP households were positive about the subproject and did not feel that they will encounter any adverse socio-cultural or economic impacts as a result of the Project. The key benefits envisaged out of the Project mainly comprise of a sustained improvements in basic service provision within the cities of Jammu and Srinagar and other important towns. Indirect benefits will be available in the form of improved living conditions, a healthier living environment and the prospect of improved health status of the population plus an improved economic climate with employment opportunities.
4. Nonetheless, this Indigenous Peoples Development Framework (IPDF) is intended to guide selection and preparation of additional subprojects under the Project where impacts on tribal people are identified to ensure better distribution of the Project benefits and promote development of the indigenous peoples in the Project areas. The framework is prepared in accordance with ADB’s procedures for sector loans as presented in ADB’s Policy on Indigenous Peoples (1998).
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Work resumed on Bhaderwah Chamba inter-state Road after 20 years
10 July 2010 05:11:12 PM by ANI ( Comments )

Bhaderwah July 10(ANI): The Bhaderwah-Chamba road project has been sanctioned under Inter-State Connectivity program at a cost of Rs. 73.33 crores.

The total length of road is 145 Km and the road upto 22Km has been opened to traffic. This road was motor able for vehicles up to 1986, but due to the militancy the road has been abandoned.

Construction and widening of the 42-km-long Bhaderwah- Chamba road which had been hanging fire for the past three years has started and this will facilitate connectivity between this part of the state and Himachal Pradesh for the promotion of tourism.
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“We have been dreaming since our childhood that this project will be completed one day and will further improve the economic condition of Bhaderwah and will connect Bhaderwah to rest of the country and will open the road for tourism in the state,” said Jawed Ahmed

The upgradation and augmentation of Bhaderwah-Chamba project is alternate road connectivity, which will connect India with Kashmir Valley.

The completion of the project will certainly help in giving a fillip to tourism, trade and people to people contact. There by strengthening the local economy. It will improve the primitive culture, lifestyle and tradition of the mountainous valley Bhaderwah. It will also increase the potential of pilgrim tourism of the Bhaderwah which is known for Machail Yatra, Mani Mahesh Yatra etc.

The step taken by government of Jammu and Kashmir regarding the completion and widening of this road is

Imtiaz-ur Rehman said: “Jammu and Kashmir Government has resumed work of widening of this road and reopening of this road is a major achievement for us. Our culture and climate resembles that of Himachal Pradesh and we feel connected to the state.”

Completion of Bhaderwah Chambha road will help in diverting the tourists to different small tourist destinations in Bhaderwah and adjoining areas. The local made products and other items will get huge exposure in other parts of the country. It will strengthen the employment opportunities in the region.

“The work on this project is going on with full pace and you will see that the whole machinery is installed there. It has the potential to complete the width of Four Kms in one month. We have acquired the land for the width of sixty feet out of which thirty three feet width will be the actual road the mechanized road.” Said Farooq Khan DC Doda

The project will exploit the potential of Bhaderwah as transition between Kashmir valley and Himachal Pradesh thereby increasing the inflow of tourists in the state and escalating the economy of the state.
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J-K aims to produce 5,000 MWs of power by 2016

The Jammu and Kashmir government has launched a three-tier power generation plan for producing 5,000 MW with the help of National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) and Independent Power Producer (IPP) over the next six years.

A programme to generate about 5,000 MW of power in next five to six years has been launched under a three-tier power generation plan, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said addressing the 60th meeting of Board of Directors of State Power Development Corporation (SPDC) on Friday.

"We are striving for mobilising power projects as joint ventures in Private Public Partnership (PPP) mode in the state sector indigenously, and with the help of NHPC and IPP," he said.

Omar said power development was an essential ingredient in the growth of economy and industrialisation in the state.

The hydro-energy potential available in the state provides tremendous scope for viable power projects and the government has put in place a proactive strategy in this regard to give new dimensions to the power generation programme, he said.

Omar stressed on the need for fast-tracking the implementation of various power development schemes by the Corporation.

The SPDC should explore the possibility of launching Karthai-I and II projects simultaneously to generate about 1,000 MW of power within the next five to six years, he said.

"This will help you to get benefits and assistance for mega projects provided by the Centre."

Omar said work on 93-MW New Ganderbal Hydro Power Project should be intensified. He also stressed on expediting work on the 450-MW Baglihar-II and the 1200-MW Sawalakot power projects.

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Mughal road to be inaugurated in September next year
Published: Sunday, Nov 28, 2010, 1:31 IST
Place: Jammu | Agency: PTI
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The historical Mughal road, which would serve as an alternative highway connecting the Kashmir Valley with Jammu region's Poonch district, is expected to be inaugurated by September 2011, a state minister said today.

The inter-regional road link would not only reduce travel distance, but would also serve as an alternative to Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, which is closed due to heavy rains and snowing during winters, state minister for roads and buildings Javaid Dar said in Jammu.

Speaking at a meeting in Jammu, Dar asked the authorities of Hindustan Construction Corporation (HCC) to accelerate the pace of work on the 80km stretch from Bafliaz (Poonch) to Shopian and ensure that its timely completion.

The road would integrate local economy of Poonch, Rajouri and Shopian districts by opening new trade avenues for the people of these areas, he said.

The minister also directed the chief engineer to monitor the progress regularly.

The total cost of the project is Rs639.85 crore, of which Rs394.84 crore have been spent till date.

Two police posts are being set up on either side of the road to check unauthorised movement of vehicles, which hampers the progress of the project.

Unprecedented rains in the area, unrest in the valley, labourers strike were the main reasons for the delay in completing the project.
this connects muslim dominated areas of poonch-rajouri with kashmir valley. good for the state. poonch-valley can be made a separate state of india.
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