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Gadkari inaugurates bridge over River Ravi in J&K

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Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday inaugurated a 1210-metre span-bridge over river Ravi in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir.
 
Dedicating the bridge to the nation, Gadkari said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government had set a new mark in timely delivery of public goods by completing various projects on or before time.
 
He said that the government was focused on providing corruption-free and transparent governance to the people without compromising on quality. 
 
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik and Union Minister Jitendra Singh were amongst those present on the occasion.
 
The bridge over Ravi  at Keerian-Gandial will benefit over 2,20,000 people living on the two sides – Kathua in Jammu, and Pathankot in Punjab. It will reduce the distance between the two cities from 45 kms to 8.6 kms, which will save on both time and fuel cost. 
 
The Keerian-Gandial bridge has been constructed at a cost of Rs 158.84 crore to improve inter-state connectivity, an official press release said.
 
Gadkari said the national highway (NH) network in Jammu and Kashmir had increased by 969 kms in the last ofur years, from 1695 km in 2014 to 2664 kms in 2019. In addition, four state roads of 400 kms had also been approved, he said.
 
He said the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways is executing 16 projects worth Rs 45,107 crore through NHAI, NHIDCL, State PWD and BRO under the Prime Minister’s special development package (PMDP) for J&K announced on 7th November 2015. Of these, works worth Rs 30,000 crore have already started. NHAI is executing eight projects worth Rs 14,987 crore, NHIDCL/BRO – six projects costing Rs 24120 crore, and PWD – two projects for Rs 6,000 crore.
 
He said two major road corridors are being built in J&K – Jammu-Srinagar and Srinagar-Leh. The Chenani-Nashri tunnel road under the first is the largest highway tunnel in the country. It has resulted in reducing the travel time between Jammu and Srinagar by two and a half hours, while the distance between the two has come down by 30 kms. The tunnel is benefitting by way of making travel possible throughout the year and saving of upto Rs 27 lakh worth fuel on the route, he said.
 
A 62-km long 4-lane ring road is being constructed in Srinagar city at a cost of Rs 1,860 crore. The road begins from Ganderbal on NH-44 and ends at Vayul on NH-1D. It will connect 54 villages in six districts. Also, about 25 per cent work on the 58.255 km 4-lane Jammu Ring Road has been completed. The total cost of this project is Rs 1,891 crore. The project involves construction of eight major bridges, 22 minor bridges, six flyovers, and two tunnels of 770 meters and 710 meters, respectively, he said.
 
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