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Delayed PMDP project: Govt. now sets May 2022 deadline for completion of Ring Road project, Jammu
JammuExpress. Dated: 10/20/2021 2:39:09 PM


Jammu, October 19:

Facing several bottlenecks and slow pace of work, the Government has extended the deadline for completion of the prestigious Jammu Semi-Ring Road project to May 2022. Earlier, it was expected to be completed by the end of this year.

The deadline for Semi Ring Road Srinagar has been set to February 2024 respectively as the project faces a lot of problems especially during land acquisition.

According to the official sources, Chief Secretary Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta while reviving the Prime Minister’s Developmental Projects (PMDP) has directed the executing agencies to expedite the construction of both the road projects to ease pressure on existing infrastructure.

The Jammu Ring Road is a prestigious national project under Bharat Mala Pariyojna (scheme) of the Government of India aimed at decongesting Jammu.

In 2018, NHAI awarded this project on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis to a private company.

“Due to procedural delays and non-availability of funds, the total cost of the project has nearly doubled and also led to delay in construction of the road project. There was also opposition from the farmers”, said an official in district administration.

Project faced opposition from the farmers over the alleged forcible acquisition of land and compensation issues for the 60-km Ring Road project which is to be completed at a cost of Rs 2,100 crore.

A total of 11,528 farmers were affected due to the construction of the ring roads around Jammu and Srinagar. The farming community in Samba and Jammu districts was on the warpath over a “meagre compensation” as compared to the existing market rates.

In Jammu, the four-lane semi-ring road will involve an expenditure of Rs 2,100 crore while farmers of 44 villages will be affected by it. The ring road will start near Vijaypur (Raipur) and meet the highway at Akhnoor from where it will go up to the Nagrota bypass. It involves an expenditure of Rs 213 crore for land acquisition.

The road passes through villages of Patti, Bari Brahmana, Murallian, Miran Saheb, Lalyal, Alora, Sohanjana, Gho Manhasan, Karloop, Kangrail, Bhalwal, Kot, Kheri and Jagti.

The 8-Km long first phase, which was inaugurated last year, starts from its Junction with NH-144 (Akhnoor Road) where the Jammu Ring Road intersects through a flyover connecting to Akhnoor road and crosses the Ranbir Canal over steel girder bridge.

It is pertinent to mention here that despite high priority accorded to the PMDP scheme, out of 53 projects approved under PMDP only 21 projects have been completed while another 10 projects are expected to be completed by the end of the current fiscal year.

Dr Mehta directed the department to expedite the work on various packages on Jammu-Akhnoor road by liasoining with the army authorities wherever necessary so that the original timelines are adhered to.

It was noted that work on Chenani Sudhmahadev road is going on briskly and the geo-technical surveys of three tunnels on this road are being completed and once sanction to the construction of these tunnels is received, work will pick up pace.

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