Thursday, October 15, 2009

JK Government mulling ropeway system to connect hilly areas

160 culverts, 4 bridges on Mughal road to be completed December end

As many as 160 culverts, presently under execution, out of total 450 and 4 minor bridges out of 21 coming up on prestigious Mughal road would be completed within next three months., besides applying South African Easy Blasting and Defusing Technology. This was disclosed by the Minister for R&B G.M Saroori while briefing to media persons here today. He said the work has been accelerated on the project from both the sides to ensure its completion by March 2011, adding that WBM has been completed on 25 kms from Shopian side while the same from Buffliaz side has been completed for 15 Kms. The Minister said Government is contemplating to introduce a Ropeway system to connect hilly areas, having less possibilities of road connectivity, which not only save forest degradation but would also be economical besides reducing the travel distance. The Project will help in beautifying the hilly areas besides attracting the local and domestic tourists. The Minister said that 22 excavators have been put into service from Shopian and 26 from Buffliaz side to speed up the work on the project. He said some more machines are being pressed into service besides augmenting of labour force, he added. He said Rs. 270 crore have been incurred so far out of total estimated and approved cost of Rs. 639 crore funded by the Centre Government. Regarding introduction of South African Easy Blasting and Defusing Technology, Saroori said this technology is economical, easy to use and can break hardest and biggest rock of any size. The Minister said that a modern technology will soon be applied on the roads in the State, which will reduce the cost of the work besides saving the time as one kilometer road can be prepared for premixing within one day. Under this process, RBI-81 Powder is directly treated with the soil to make the road fully prepared for traffic, Mr. Saroori added.