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    NHAI to begin soon work on Rs 4,000-Cr Chattergala tunnel in J&K: Gadkari


    Srinagar, Jun 17: The NHAI will begin work on the Rs 4,000-crore Chattergala tunnel in and Kashmir at the earliest, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said on Monday.

    “The prestigious Chhatergala tunnel work, costing about Rs 4,000 crore, will be executed by the Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the underpasses on the Kathua express corridor section, wherever demanded by the public, will be undertaken at the earliest,” an official spokesperson said after the review meeting. Gadkari on Monday chaired a review meeting that discussed the suggestions, proposals and execution of the proposal.

    The tunnel was initiated about six years ago and the detailed project report prepared by the Border Roads Organisation but the work could not be started due to a lack of funds.

    Now, it has been decided that the NHAI will undertake construction of the new national highway from Lakhanpur to Basohli-Bani to Bhaderwah-Doda.

    Once this highway is complete, it will be a game changer as it will provide all- connectivity between Lakhanpur and Doda district via the tourist spots of Basohli and Bani, in addition to reducing travel time and giving a boost to businesses, employment and revenue generation.

    The proposal faced many hitches initially and work on it began in 2015. There were initial delays because had also demanded a similar corridor for the highway between Delhi and Amritsar.

    Finally, after arriving at a compromise to have an express corridor between Delhi and Katra with stopovers in Amritsar and Kathua, the project was finalised.

    The corridor is in the last phase of construction and the public demands for underpasses at places such as Hatli, Rajbagh, Chann Arorian, Chapper and Kootah had been accepted for the convenience of locals.

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