SRINAGAR: Minister for Roads and Buildings, Gardens, Parks and Floriculture, Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari Wednsday informed the House that in terms of Government of India Gazette notification dated 2 July 2014, the National Highway 1-B was entrusted to State governments Public Works Department.
The Minister said that the total length of road from Batote to Anantnag via Sinthan Top is 265.80 kms. He said the road stretch between Batote and Sinthan Top, length 193 kms, falls in the jurisdiction of PWD (R&B) Jammu and from Sinthan Top to Anantnag falls in the jurisdiction of PWD (R&B) Kashmir. He said pursuant to this notification, the PW (R&B) department initiated the process of taking over the highway from BRO and 184 kms of the road was taken over from the BRO by January 2015. However, the process of taking over the remaining stretch of the road from Sinthan Top to Anantnag (79 Kms) could not be completed because of the area being snow bound.
The Minister informed that as per the direction of Chief Minister during his Doda tour, 40 vulnerable / washed away stretches were identified and protection work taken up on these spots by R&B Department Jammu.
Work has been completed on 11 spots till date and remaining works are in progress. An amount of Rs 5 crore has already been released so far to CE R&B Jammu for the work under annual plan 2015-16, the Minister informed the House
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