Kishtwar deputy commissioner Dr Devansh Yadav on Sunday visited Singhpora area of Chhatroo sub-division to take a first-hand appraisal of the progress of the survey for the widening of National Highway-244, besides listening to the grievances and issues of the owners whose land has been acquired for the project.
The preliminary report of the project has already been prepared and the project is likely to cost around Rs 5,000 crore. The tunnel would start at Ahlan in Vailoo of Kokernag in Anantnag to connect with Chatroo in Kishtwar.
Once completed the tunnel would provide an alternative to the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway and help in averting frequent road accidents in Chenab Valley.
During the inspection visit, the GM NHIDCL apprised the district development commissioner about the current status of the survey for the widening of existing NH-244 and also informed him about the hurdles and bottlenecks faced by the executing agencies.
Meanwhile, the land owners demanded to revisit the alignment of the approach road to the proposed Singhpora tunnel as the current alignment was passing through a major chunk of irrigated Agriculture land and engulfing residential houses thereby causing huge losses to locals.
He assured that the genuine issues and demands of the aggrieved would be forwarded to the concerned authorities for prompt action so that the work on the widening project was completed.