Work On 5 Bridges Of Lolab In Full Swing: Javid

Srinagar – Minister of State for R&B, Javid Ahmed Dar in reply to a question of Vikar Rasool, said that 30 km Banihal-Mangith road is sanctioned under PMGSY programme under phase-VI. He said the delay on this road was due to pending Forest clearance and compensation for land and structure. He said there was also some delay on the part of the contractor. He said that the road is likely to be completed by end of June 2013.

The Minister said that 22.20 Kms Nachalana-Mahu road consists of four parts and have been sanctioned under PMGSY from “ Khari Mandak Bass to Admarg and “Admarg to Mahu road” under Phase IV & VI respectively. He said the delay in completion of Khari Mandak Bass to Admarg and Admarg lto Mahu roads were also pending due to forest clearance and land/structure compensation.

The Minister said that Hewgan Bohardar road was sanctioned under PMGSY Phase-V but cross drainage (CD) works could not be started due to construction of long span bridge at Take Off point. He said that the bridge work is now allotted under Phase VII and the work is in progress.

Dar said that 4 kms Parindar Neel road was sanctioned under PMGSY Phase-V .However, he said that contractor left the contract after completing 3.6 kms of  road, as such the contract was terminated and the balance work has been put the fresh tenders at the risk and cost of the original contractor.

Referring to progress on Ukherhell-Bingari road, the Minister said that this road was sanctioned under PMGSY Phase VII. He said the work on the road could not be started due to pending Forest clearance. However, he said that the joint inspection of the proposed road along with the Forest department has been conducted and its clearance is awaited.

About upgradation of various roads in the area, Dar said that out of 26 kms Chamalwas Neel road, the first 15 kms is approved under Projectization programme during current financial year at an estimated cost of Rs. 350 lakh and Rs. 21 lakh has been approved in the current years action play.  He said that upgradation of Ukhral-Senabati road has been sanctioned under NABARD RIDF XVIII at an estimated cost of Rs.330 lakh. He said that upgradation of Banihal Duligam scheme has been taken up under Bad Pock Programme at an estimated cost of Rs.150 lakh against which Rs.15 lakh has been incurred on the project so far.

The Minister said that upgradation of 9 kms Banihal-Chacknarwah link road has been approved under projectization programme at an estimated cost of Rs.218 lakh against which an amount of Rs.42 lakh has been incurred ending 3/2012. He said that Rs.11 lakh has been approved in the current years Action Plan for the purpose.

The Minister said that 10 kms Kaskoat-Lamber road is being maintained under Annual Maintenance Grant as per availability of funds. He said presently there is no proposal for its upgradation with the Government.

Abdul Majid Wani, , Harsh Dev Singh, Peer Mansoor, Abdul Rehman  Veeri, Balwant Singh Mankotia, Dr. Mohammad Shafi Ashwani Sharma and Mohammad Sharief Niaz  raised their supplementaries and demanded improvement as well as early completion of the roads taken under PMGSY in their respective  areas.

Replying to another question of Abdul Haq Khan, the Minister said that ERA under ADB funding is constructing one bridge over   Pohru Nallah at Sonawani at an estimated cost of Rs.5.35 crore adding that an amount of Rs. 4.42 crore has been expended on it so far.  He said the construction work on the bridge has been completed and work on its approaches is in progress which is likely to be completed in October 2012. He said presently the work on five bridges in Lolab Constituency is under progress.

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