Srinagar: The 270-km Srinagar-Jammu National Highway has undergone a remarkable transformation during the past few years.
According to the officials work is being carried out at a very fast pace to complete key tunnels and viaducts.
An official while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “The completion of the crucial T3 and T5 tunnels, along with other infrastructure projects, will lead to a substantial reduction in travel time along this vital road link.”
Pertinently, the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, a lifeline for the residents of Jammu and Kashmir, has historically posed challenges due to its topography and adverse weather conditions.
Recognizing the significance of this arterial road and its impact on the region’s socio-economic development, concerted efforts have been made to transform its infrastructure.
“Completion of the T3 and T5 tunnels would bypass treacherous mountainous terrain and reduce the travel time. These tunnels would provide a safe and more efficient route and also considerably cut down travel time between these points,” the official added.
As the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway continues to evolve, the focus now shifts to the remaining projects within the Ramban-Banihal stretch. “The ongoing efforts are directed towards ensuring that the remaining infrastructure is not only completed on time but also maintains the highest standards of quality and reliability,” the official said.
He said, “Viaducts and bridges under construction along the highway aim to enhance its resilience against natural calamities, ensuring that the road remains operational even during adverse weather conditions. The government’s commitment to improving the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway is underpinned by the understanding that connectivity is pivotal for a region’s growth and development. A reliable and well-maintained road network not only facilitates the movement of goods and people but also promotes tourism, trade, and economic activities.”
An expert said, “Adverse weather conditions, geological complexities, and logistical hurdles demand a steadfast approach to ensure the successful execution of the remaining projects. Additionally, the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the completed infrastructure is crucial to sustaining the gains achieved so far.”
He said, “The completion of the T3 and T5 tunnels will make a tangible difference, and the continued focus on the remaining project would transform this crucial lifeline.”
Notably, as Jammu and Kashmir continues to thrive on improved connectivity, the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway’s evolution stands as a beacon of progress and development for the entire region.
While taking review of the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway recently, Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta stressed on the executing agencies to work for completing all the tunnels especially T3, T5 and other viaducts on time.
He observed that the travel time has got considerably reduced on this road yet the remaining projects between the Ramban-Banihal stretch need to be made more reliable.