NEW DELHI, July 21: Union Ministry of Rural Development today accorded clearance to the proposals of Jammu and Kashmir Government pertaining to road connectivity under Phase-VIII New Connectivity (State-I & II) under Bharat Nirman, Normal PMGSY and Long Span Bridges involving an amount of over Rs. 1248.15 crores.
The grants so approved include Rs. 310.37 crore under Bharat Nirman Stage-I, Rs. 851.92 crore under PMGSY Stage-II, Rs. 21.02 crore under Normal PMGSY 250+ Stage-I (for border blocks), Rs. 55.39 crores for Long Span Bridges and Rs. 9.45 crore under R&B Stage-II.
This would enable the State to initiate 484 road connectivity works and construction of 50 bridges involving total road length of 2651.23 kilometers. It will help to cover 10 habitations of 1000+ population each, 63 habitations of 500+ population each and 42 habitations of 250+ population each.
Expressing his gratitude to the Union leadership particularly Union Minister for Rural Development for the assistance to the State, the Chief Minister said that it will help in a big way to open up far-flung and remote areas for economic betterment and welfare of the people.