Minister for Public Works Naeem Akhtar today informed the Legislative Council that the Centre has agreed to declare Dayalachak Amb-Chalan-Udhampur road as new National Highway.Replying to a question of Legislator Thakur Balbir Singh, the Minister informed that DPR for the project would be completed in next four months and the government would maintain the road for smooth traffic movement till the actual work is started.Replying to another question of Legislator Aga Syed Mahmood Mosavi, the Minister said that the DPR for the four-laning of 6km long Humhuma-Budgam road has been formulated at an estimated cost of Rs. 40.35 crore, adding that, Rs. 34.41 crore is required for acquisition of structures and land.Legislator Vikram Randhawa raised supplementary question related to the maintenance of road leading to famous Bawewali Mata Shrine in Bahu Fort area.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Public Works Sunil Kumar Sharma, replying to a question of Legislator Naresh Kumar Gupta, informed that 87.65 km road length has been macadamized in Bhaderwah and Doda in the last three years on which Rs 20.54 crore has been expended. The left over work would be completed during 2018-19, he added.Meanwhile, intervening during the reply, Naeem Akhtar said that the slow pace of work is due to the non-availability of hot mixing plants and crushers in the Chenab Valley. “To overcome the problem mobile hot mixing plants have been installed in the region to expedite the pace of remaining works” he added.