Enhanced road network drives J&K’s economic growth

Srinagar:  Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing a transformation in its transportation infrastructure, particularly its road network.
In recent years, a substantial focus has been placed on upgrading and expanding the road system in North, South, and Central Kashmir, with positive ripple effects being felt across the region’s economy.
The rugged terrain of North Kashmir is characterized by its stunning landscapes but has long faced challenges in terms of connectivity. However, recent investments in road infrastructure have brought about a remarkable change. The widening and strengthening of key highways, such as the Srinagar-Baramulla Road, have significantly improved travel conditions.
According to the officials the construction of new roads has opened up remote areas to tourism and commerce. “New tunnels have facilitated all-weather access to areas like Sonmarg. New tunnels and viaducts have not only eased the movement of goods and people but have also enabled businesses to operate more efficiently. With the robust connectivity, tourism has received a boost, leading to increased footfall and revenue for local establishments,” an official told Precious Kashmir.
“In South Kashmir, the expansion of road infrastructure has brought about a considerable economic transformation. The once remote areas are now better connected to major towns and cities, opening new opportunities for trade and commerce. The Anantnag-Kokernag Road and the Pulwama-Shopian Road are prime examples of projects that have given a significant boost to connectivity in the region,” the official said, adding, “ The enhanced road network in South Kashmir has not only improved the movement of goods and services but has also made it easier for farmers to transport their produce to markets. This, in turn, has led to higher income levels and economic growth in the region.”
Notably, the heart of Kashmir, the Central region, has also experienced significant infrastructure improvements. The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, a lifeline for the Valley, has witnessed considerable upgrades, reducing travel time and making it safer for commuters.
“Srinagar, the economic hub of Jammu and Kashmir, has particularly benefited from these developments. Businesses in the city have experienced increased demand for their products and services due to improved accessibility to markets across the region. Additionally, better connectivity has spurred industrial growth, as companies find it easier to transport raw materials and finished products,” said an observer.
He said, “The improved road network in Jammu and Kashmir has translated into tangible economic growth. A more efficient transportation system has led to reduced logistics costs and improved supply chains, making local businesses more competitive. The tourism sector has also seen a surge, attracting more visitors to the breathtaking landscapes of Kashmir.”


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