Minister for Roads & Buildings and Mechanical Engineering Abdul Majid Wani today laid the foundation of Bridge at Sail Arizal, Budgam.The 3X 20 metre span steel plate girder bridge would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 3.51 crore over Sukhnag nallah and is expected to be completed by November, 2015.Addressing the public gather after foundation laying ceremony, the Minister reiterated the commitment of Government for providing road connectivity to the unconnected hamlets of the state, saying that all the left-out habitations would be connected through PMGSY, the flagship programme launched by the Union Government. He said that with the construction of bridge at this point, a long pending demand of the people would be fulfilled. He said the bridge would provide connectivity to dozens of villages of the area including Rawatpora,Khag Drung, Sutharan, Habbar, Lassipora and Sail, besides provide easy access to the people during rainy season.
The Minister termed peace and normalcy pre-requisite for development, saying that the tempo of development can be carry forward only when there is peace.Highlighting the importance of road connectivity, Mr. Wani said that roads acts as arteries to promotes trade and commerce activities in the area and help in ameliorating the socio-economic conditions of the people. The road connectivity helps in exchange culture and socials values from one place to another, he maintained. Referring to construction of Mughal road, the Minister said that its construction has provided easy access to the people of twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri, besides an alternative route to Kashmir and Jammu pisions of the State.
MLA, Khansahab, Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen while addressing the gathering said that the politicians should rise above the party lines and work for the welfare of the people of the State. He said with the construction of the bridge, the people of Khansahib and Beerwah areas are benefitted by way of connectivity with adjoining villages. It is the fourth bridge to be constructed over Sukhnag Nallah, he added.Later, Mr. Wani laid the foundation of Guest House at Bugroo, Khansahib.Spread over 2368 sq ft, the single storey Guest House would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. of 95.09 lakhs. The project equipped with modern facilities and is expected to be completed by March 2015.Among others, Chief Engineer, Mushtaq Ahmed Lone, Superintendent Engineer, Executive engineer and other concerned officers of district administration, Budgam also accompanied the Minister.