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November 2, 2023 2:53 PM IST

‘Remarkable feat’: Nitin Gadkari on completion of 4-lane project on Udhampur-Ramban highway

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari announced the successful completion of the Ramban Viaduct. This remarkable engineering feat spans a length of 1.08 km and boasts four lanes, providing a crucial link in the Udhampur-Ramban section of National Highway-44.

The completion of the Ramban Viaduct, which came at a cost of Rs 328 crore, is a testament to the government’s commitment to improving connectivity and infrastructure in the region. Nitin Gadkari took to Twitter to share the news, highlighting the significance of this achievement. The project’s completion marks a substantial reduction in traffic congestion in Ramban Bazar, which, in turn, facilitates smoother vehicular movement.

The Ramban Viaduct stands as an engineering marvel, comprising 26 spans that utilize a combination of concrete and steel girders in its structural design. This innovative approach not only adds to the viaduct’s durability but also ensures its longevity, promising a long-lasting solution for commuters and the local community.

Nitin Gadkari expressed the government’s dedication to providing Jammu and Kashmir with a top-tier highway infrastructure. He underlined the broader implications of this achievement, stating that it would not only boost regional economic prosperity but also enhance the region’s appeal as a prime tourist destination.

This development is part of a larger initiative aimed at improving connectivity in the region. In April of this year, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways unveiled plans for three corridors, collectively valued at Rs 35,000 crore, to ease travel between Jammu and Srinagar. The first corridor encompasses the route from Jammu to Udhampur-Ramban-Banihal and extends to Srinagar, a 4-lane road covering 250 km at a cost of Rs 16,000 crore. Notably, this effort includes the completion of 10 tunnels spanning 21.5 km, signifying a significant leap in infrastructural development.

Upon the completion of this route, all-weather connectivity will be established between Jammu and Srinagar, substantially reducing travel time from Srinagar to Jammu, from the current 9-10 hours to a mere 4-5 hours. Furthermore, a 40-kilometer, 4-lane road between Ramban and Banihal is scheduled for completion by June 2024, offering much-needed relief to commuters traveling to and from Srinagar.

The successful construction of the Ramban Viaduct underscores the government’s commitment to enhancing the region’s connectivity and driving economic growth. It represents a significant step towards a more accessible and prosperous Jammu and Kashmir, further solidifying its status as a key tourist destination in India.

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