Jammu-Akhnoor four-lanning project to relieve commuters of traffic mess soon

Jammu-Akhnoor four-lanning project to relieve commuters of traffic mess soon

Likely to be thrown open for public by July 15
RATTAN SHARMA
JAMMU: With the completion of over 93 percent ongoing 4- lanning of 32 Kms project, the Jammu- Akhnoor road will be ready soon and is expected to be thrown open for the public by July 15 this year. The opening of road will not only facilitate the smooth vehicular movement but also relieve travelers of frequent traffic jams.
The said road project is being executed by National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL).
The work of expansion of Jammu-Akhnoor road, which is considered to be the Lifeline to connect Jammu with Rajouri-Poonch districts, will be completed in the month of July, a NHIDCL official said.
The expansion work of a 30 kilometer long road started in the year 2018.
“Over 93 percent work has been completed and it will be thrown open for the public by July 15 this year,” Executive Director NHIDCL Sandeep Sudhira informed in a meeting recently.
Work was in progress on package 2 and 3 of the project. The package 2 comprises a 5.20 KM stretch from Canal Head to Ganesh Vihar Muthi with a 4.6 KM flyover. 53 percent work of 20.35 KM long package 3 is complete and the further work was on.
“At present the work of the flyover and road expansion is going on in full swing,” said an official.
According to the officers, the work on the utility shifting has almost been completed and only minor work of transformer shifting is pending and the same would be completed within a few days.
Divisional Administration Jammu has already directed the line departments to provide assistance to NHIDCL and ensure completion of utility shifting at the earliest.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu Ramesh Kumar, in a recent meeting, had asked the NHIDCL to expedite the pace of work and ensure the completion of the projects within the fixed timelines. NHIDCL had also been instructed to depute Nodal Officers to coordinate with District administration for resolving issues, if any, which are hampering work progress.
The expansion of Jammu-Akhnoor road to four-lanning will settle down the problem of frequent traffic jams, said an official adding, “the commuters especially those staying in Canal Road, Bakshi Nagar, Paloura, Roopnagar and Muthi localities will be relieved of traffic mess.”
“Once the Road project will be completed and thoroughly connected, the traffic chaos will get automatically settled,” stated an official.
However, he said that with the completion of flyover on Akhnoor road from Canal Head to Ganesh Vihar Muthi, the vehicular rush will get reduced and the travel time will also be cut short and reaching Akhnoor from Jammu city will be a 30-minute task thereafter.
Notably, around 50,000 vehicles daily move on this route.
Pertinently NHIDCL roads are also being executed in the district of Udhampur, Doda Kishtwar and Ramban including projects like Khellani – Khanabal (Pkg- I & II): Chenani – Sudhmahadev, Construction of Bi-directional tunnel at Km 83, Goha-Khellani Pkg-1, Goha-Khellani Pkg-2, Goha- Khellani Pkg-3 (Tunnel) was also thoroughly reviewed.