Govt okays Rs 224 cr for Shopian bypass

LG expresses gratitude to PM, Gadkari
New Delhi, March 12: Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari announced on Tuesday that an allocation of Rs 224.44 crore has been sanctioned for the construction of the Shopian Bypass on National Highway-444 in Jammu & Kashmir.
This development, which will comprise a 2-lane stretch across 8.925 km in the Shopian district, will be executed using the Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) mode.
The minister said the project also holds strategic significance as it links Shopian district with Pulwama on one side and Kulgam on the other within Jammu & Kashmir.
It is poised to significantly benefit apple growers in south Kashmir, particularly in Shopian district, known as the “Apple Bowl of the Valley,” by facilitating swift transportation of produce to the markets.
The overall impact includes improved connectivity and heightened road safety measures, he added.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has conveyed his heartfelt gratitude to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari for sanctioning the Shopian Bypass for an amount of Rs. 224.44 Cr on NH-444.
The project spanning over 8.925 km will strengthen the connectivity in South Kashmir and facilitate swift transportation of apple produce to markets.
The Lt Governor tweeted: “Grateful to Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi Ji & Hon’ble Minister for MoRTH Shri Nitin Gadkari Ji for sanctioning much needed Shopian Bypass for an amount of Rs. 224.44 Cr. It will improve connectivity to other districts & ease the transportation of apples from orchards to markets”

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