Improving road connectivity focus area of Govt: Mir Zahoor


Reviews progress on PMGSY, CRF, NABARD road projects in Pampore Constituency

SRINAGAR, MAY 29: Pitching for early completion of various road projects in the Pampore Constituency, Minister of State for PHE, I&FC, Forest and Fisheries, Mir Zahoor Ahmad, Tuesday said better road connectivity is interrelated with economic development as it promotes access to economic and social services.

The Minister said this while chairing a meeting of officers of Public Works Department and Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), convened to review the progress on major road network works taken up for execution in the constituency during this fiscal.

The meeting also discussed various issues including the status of fulfilment of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s directions and work on repair of damaged culverts, drains and other link roads.

Mir Zahoor said that better road connectivity is a top priority of the present dispensation and focus is being laid on the upgrading and improving the road network in the state. He said the improvement in connectivity will help increase government out-reach to people living in remote areas, adding that availability of better services would help in enhancing agricultural incomes and employment opportunities also.

Enjoining upon officers to work with utmost dedication and in a coordinated manner, he asked all concerned authorities to ensure that the works are completed within stipulated time frame. He directed the concerned officers to personally monitor the progress of ongoing developmental works on a regular basis to ensure their timely completion so that people are benefited.

He further exhorted upon officers to ensure that quality of works is not compromised with.

Terming the roads as the lifeline of any area, the Minister said that government has earmarked sufficient funds for under-execution road projects in the state.

Reviewing the physical and financial achievements in respect of different road projects taken up in Pampore Constituency this fiscal, the meeting was informed that the construction work on Lelahar-Mohanvig- Gulbug, Samboora- Hatiwari and Khrew – Bathan road projects are apace. It was also informed that under different schemes an amount of Rs 33.50 crore is being expended on these road projects during the current financial year.

Senior officers of R&B and PMGSY and other Departments were present in the meeting.