Jammu: During his day-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate many projects including Rs 2027 crore 8.45 kilometres long tunnel from Qazigund to Banihal on April 24 virtually from Palli Panchayat in Samba district.
Prime Minister will visit panchayat Palli in Samba district on April 24 where he will address the people of J&K along with all the Gram Sabhas across the country on National Panchayati Raj Day.
Union Ministers Giriraj Singh and Jitendra Singh with Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha will also remain present on the occasion.
“First four lane highway tunnel to connect Jammu and Kashmir using the New Austrian Tunneling Method (NATM) of sequential excavation and support system considered to be the most advanced technology in the world,” an administrative official said.
He said, “the people of Jammu will be getting modern connectivity with an inauguration of Qazigund to Banihal section of NH-44 including an 8.45 kms long tunnel worth Rs 2027 crores”.
Sharing details, he said that the tunnel would reduce the road distance between Banihal and Qazigund by 16 kms thus reducing journey time by one-hour.
“The people of Jammu and Kashmir will be especially benefitted with the facility and it will give a boost to all round development of the entire region,” he said.
An official said that it is a twin tube tunnel, one for each direction of travel, adding, “the twin tube tunnel will be inter-connecting by a cross passage every 500 metres for maintenance and emergency evacuation.”
Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Giriraj Singh, for choosing J&K to celebrate the National Panchayati Raj Day, 2022.
He said that the visit is historic and unprecedented and on the occasion of the National Panchayati Raj Day, the Prime Minister will lead J&K into a new era of development.
“Ground breaking ceremony of Rs 38,082 crore Industrial Development proposals will be held in the presence of eminent industrialists of the country and abroad”, he added.
More than four lakh direct-indirect employment opportunities would be generated in different sectors.
To double the power generation capacity in the next four years in J&K, the Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of 850 MW Ratle Power Project and 540 MW Kwar Hydro Project, besides the foundation stone for five Expressways, the Lt Governor informed.
As many as 100 Jan Aushadhi Kendras will also be dedicated to the public and award money will be distributed to all the Panchayats of the country with just one click by the Prime Minister.
Around one lakh people are expected to participate in this mega event.