Tribune News Service
Jammu, August 2
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has submitted an in depth venture report (DPR) to the Centre for the realignment and four-laning of a 14-km stretch on the treacherous Ramban-Banihal street in order to bypass six “killer spots” on the part. The Rs 2,000-crore venture would make it an all-weather street. The realignment venture was finalised between Marog and Makarkote villages in Ramban district and the “process for the appointment of a consultant” has been initiated.
“We have prepared the DPR and submitted it for further action. All major trouble points, including Marog, Panthial, Digdol and Battery Chashma, would be bypassed after realignment,” mentioned Parshotam Kumar, Project Director, NHAI, Ramban sector. Kumar mentioned re-alignment would contain building of tunnels and bridges to keep away from all landslide-prone and sinking areas. “It will definitely push the project deadline further,” he mentioned.
At current, the NHAI is four-laning two treacherous stretches, together with 43-km-long Udhampur-Ramban part and 36-km-long Ramban-Banihal part, on the Jammu-Srinagar nationwide freeway.
Kumar mentioned, “Our work on protection walls is in full swing due to abundant availability of labourers, but we are facing problem on technical front as skilled manpower has been stuck at various places.”
Ajay Kumar Razak, Project Director, NHAI, Udhampur-Ramban sector, mentioned, “Our efficiency has come down to 30-40 per cent due to non-availability of labourers and technical workforce.”