A New bridge between Kathua in Jammu and Pathankot in Punjab is going to benefit more than 2, 20,000 people living on the two sides. Earlier the distance between the two cities was 45kms, new bridge have reduced the distance to 8.6 kms which will save on both time and fuel cost. This bridge has been constructed at a cost of Rs 158.84 crore to improve inter-state connectivity. 1210-meter span-bridge over the river Raavi in Jammu and Kashmir is open for the public from today.
There are 16 projects worth Rs 45,107 Crore are underway or planned in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Of these, works worth Rs 30,000 crore have already started. National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL), State Public Works Department (PWD) and Border Road Organisation (BRO) are working on different projects. NHAI is executing eight projects worth Rs 14,987 crore, NHIDCL and BRO on six projects costing Rs 24120 crore, and PWD is working on two projects for Rs 6,000 crore.
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. The Zojila Tunnel for connecting Srinagar with Leh will be Asia’s longest 14.2 km long two-lane tunnel.