Lieutenant Governor of J&K Manoj Sinha today inaugurated the phase-I of much-awaited Jammu Ring Road.
The 8-km stretch between Akhnoor Road, Kangrail and Bhalwal was inaugurated in the presence of Union Minister in PMO Jitendra Singh, MP Shamsher Singh Manhas, MP Jugal Kishore Sharma and Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam.
In his address, Sinha expressed satisfaction over the inauguration and termed roads as vital for any society to progress. He urged the executing agencies for early completion of the entire project and assured incentives to the executing agencies and officers for completing projects within stipulated time period.
He hoped that the newly inaugurated road would help reduce pollution, decongest Jammu city and catalyse economic and industrial growth across the region.
He reiterated the government’s resolve for providing basic amenities across the length and breadth of the Union Territory.
Designed to keep up with needs of the growing city, Jammu Ring Road would help ease chaos and traffic within the city by connecting peripheries of the city directly, reducing distance and travel time between other districts of the UT.
The phase-I of Jammu Ring Road was scheduled to be finished by March 2020 but was delayed due to Covid crisis. The 58.255-km Ring Road would be completed in December 2021 at an estimated cost of Rs 2,024 crore.
The foundation stone of the project was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May 2018.
The Ring Road will pass through Raya Morh, Patti, Bari Brahmana, Murallian, Miran Saheb, Lalyal, Alora, Sohanjana, Gho Manhasan, Karloop, Kangrail, Bhalwal, Kot, Kheri and Jagti, near Nagrota. A total of 60 villages — 54 of Jammu district and six of Samba district — would be connected once the project finishes.