LG Announces Road Macadamisation Program In J&K

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, G C Murmu on Thursday announced the launch of a macadamisation program for roads across the Union Territory.

The announcement by the LG comes in the backdrop of grievances relating to poor condition of roads and the problems connected thereto, presented before the Lieutenant Governor during his tours as a part of his outreach programme, an official spokesperson said.

He said that the LG approved a program for 100% macadamisation of all roads in J&K including 11,000 kms of fair-weather roads following a detailed discussion with his Advisors.

“A Committee comprising of the Financial Commissioner (Finance), Principal Secretary (PW(R&B)), Secretary (Planning) and Secretary (Rural Development) has been constituted which will prepare a roadmap and a financing plan for ensuring 100% macadamisation of all roads in Jammu & Kashmir in a time bound manner. The Committee has been directed to submit its report by 10.08.2020,” the official spokesperson said.

He said that the LG has also announced release of Rs 200 crores to the Public Works Department (PWD) as the first tranche so that the macadamisation work on priority roads can commence.

The official spokesperson said that the prioritization of roads for macadamisation work will be done by a Committee at the District level, chaired by the Deputy Commissioner with the Executive Engineer, PWD and ACD as its members.

“The prioritization criteria will include, when a road was last macadamized, whether it was part of the grievances presented before Lieutenant Governor during his outreach tours, the present quality of the road and other similar factors,” the official spokesperson added.

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