Tuesday, April 3, 2012

4 laning of Jammu Akhnoor road

 Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Mohd Sagar, today said that 4-laning of Jammu-Akhnoor road is under examination in the Border Roads Organization (BRO) Headquarters.

Mr Sagar was replying to the Calling Attention Notice of Bharat Bhushan Bodhi regarding the frequent road accidents on Jammu-Akhnoor road in the absence of proper traffic mechanism and delay in the upgradation of road, on behalf of the Minister Incharge Home in the Lower House.

"The Jammu-Akhnoor is a double lane highway and is maintained under General Service (GS) funding by the Border Road Organization (BRO)", the Minister said, adding "the areas adjoining the Jammu-Akhnoor road have seen huge construction activities in recent years and many banquet halls and other commercial complex have come up".

He further said that areas falling to the East and West of the Jammu-Akhnoor road like Talab Tillo, Paloura, Muthi and Shakti Nagar have witnessed a spurt in construction owing to huge population growth. Similarly, there are many intersections on the Jammu-Akhnoor road which hinder free flow of traffic and can lead to frequent traffic jams and road accidents.

The Minister informed the House that during the last two years, 705 road accidents took place in the Sub Divisions of Domana and Akhnoor in which 90 persons lost their lives and 1008 sustained injuries.

Highlighting the short term measures being taken to manage the free flow of traffic, Mr Sagar said that as a long term measure, Chief Engineer, Project Sampark, Jammu has been requested to prepare a proposal for the upgradation of the two lane road to 4-laning status.

"The Chief Engineer Sampark has confirmed the requirement of 4-laning of the road along with the viability of construction to the Directorate General of Border Roads Organization and the same is under examination in the BRO headquarters", the Minister said.

However, Bharat Bhushan Bodhi stressed that process of widening the road should be expedited in order to minimize the number of accidents.

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