Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], August 4 (ANI): The pace of construction of roads has increased after the scrapping of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019 from 6.54 kilometres to 20.6 kilometres a day. Now, the total length of roads in Jammu and Kashmir has touched 41,141 kilometres.
The increased pace of macadamization of roads and growing road length indicate how rapidly Jammu and Kashmir has developed during the past three years.
According to official data, road length in Jammu and Kashmir has increased to 41,141 kilometres and the percentage of blacktop roads has reached 74 per cent as compared to 66 per cent in 2019.
Under pothole-free road programme, a target of 5,900 kilometres was made for 2021-22 of which 4,600 kilometres of road length have been made pothole-free so far.
The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir this year was once again ranked among the top three at the national level for construction of road length per year under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) as the PWD constructed PMGSY road length of 3,284 kms in 2021-22 and connected 114 habitations through road networks by executing 427 schemes in a year.
Jammu and Kashmir has continued to improve its performance for construction of road length per year since 2019 as its ranking advanced from 12th to 9th in 2019-20 and then third for the consecutive years 2020-21 and 2021-2022.
All habitations, with over 1,000 population as per the 2011 census, have been provided road connectivity. The provision of road connectivity for the habitations with 500 population by 2022-23 is also being taken up.
Reforms in PWD
During the past three years, PWD has witnessed massive reforms, which include the implementation of J&K PWD Engineering Manual 2021, formulation of Road Maintenance Policy-2021, J&K Macadamization (execution and quality control) and DLP Enforcement Manual, SOP for regular departmental actions, introduction of online management monitoring accounting system, introduction of two-party quality control mechanism, introduction of Tameer Taraqqi and Hamari Sadak mobile Apps, etc.
In 2021-2022, the Public Works Department, according to the official data, redressed 356 grievances on Meri Sadak and 32 on CPGRAMS– Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System, an online platform available to the citizens 24×7 to lodge their grievances with the government.
For 70 years J&K had no proper road connectivity
It’s unfortunate but true that J&K was without proper road connectivity for 70 years. It took 12 to 14 hours to cover 300 km distance from Srinagar to Jammu and vice-versa, during the past three years the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway has been revamped and now it takes only 6 to 7 hours to travel between the two capital cities of J&K.
The J&K’s so-called special status acted as the biggest impediment in its development with the common man being the biggest sufferer. The scrapping of Article 370 led to the common man becoming a priority.
The former rulers in the erstwhile state promised the moon and stars to the people but failed to deliver. From 1947 to 2019 they just kept people busy by making announcements about the project reports being ready. But these reports never saw the light of the day.
Connectivity holds the key
After 2019, the Centre worked on these project reports and ensured that common people get all the benefits which they couldn’t get for seven decades. Many development projects that were in limbo or incomplete have become a reality and many more are likely to come up in the next few years.
Connectivity holds the key and the dispensation led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the issue of J&K’s connectivity with the rest of the country gets resolved once in for all.
During the past three years, J&K has become like other parts of the country. The denizens of the Himalayan region are getting what they deserve. They were kept away from the country under the illusion of “special status” by their so-called “Messiahs,” who ruled the erstwhile state for 70 years but failed to deliver.
From 1947 to 2019 politicians kept people busy by raising slogans and making announcements.
Proper road connectivity is the lifeline of any region and J&K after August 5, 2019, is moving closer towards to the best possible connectivity. Things are moving at a fast pace and no one is being allowed to become complacent. Results and change are visible and the figures are speaking.