A four and a half kilometre long tunnel will be built to connect the Doda district of the division with Himachal directly. National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) is preparing the DPR for the road project from the Thathri subdivision to the Chamba district of Himachal.
In this project, the tunnel is to be constructed from Kalujugasar at Gandoh in Doda, which will connect the Makkan and Titul villages of Teesa tehsil in Himachal. With the tunnel’s construction, the distance from Thathri in Doda to Chamba will be 70 km, whose journey will be covered in just two hours.
The local people will also benefit in a big way from this strategically important road project. Himachal has a kinship of about 1.5 lakh population in Doda. The people of Himachal Pradesh and the people of Himachal have to come to Doda from here. In such a situation, they have to go to Jammu first from Doda and then to Himachal from there. With the construction of the road, the shortest distance connectivity between Doda and Himachal will be made to date.
An official said that with the construction of the road project, the total cost of movement between Doda and Himachal would be reduced to Rs 500. Presently there is a single lane road from Thathri to Gandoh-Kalujugasar. Beyond this, the road ends. Due to the formation of a four and a half kilometre long tunnel from the bottom of the mountain, this area will be directly connected to two villages of Sanwal Gram Panchayat of Chamba in Himachal.
The existing single-lane road with a tunnel will be a double lane. The official said that the proposal for the project was sent in 2018. Recently, Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh has ordered to prepare DPR.
Doda district has beautiful natural scenery, but tourism is not being developed due to inter-state road connectivity. With the construction of a double lane road with Kaljugasar Tunnel, tourists will come directly to Doda from Himachal. It will also be easy to go to Kashmir from here. In this way, the tourism of the area will get a boost.
“The DPR of Thathri to Chamba road and tunnel project is in the final stage. There is vigorous exercise going on in this regard. After the official approval, the report will also be prepared for land acquisition”, Col NS Gill, General Manager NHDCL.
Minister in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh said that all the pending proposals related to inter-state road connectivity between Jammu, Kashmir, and Himachal were given in-principle approval. These projects are being prioritised from a strategic, tourism and common convenience point of view.
Amish Mahajan, Content Writer, JK Media
Former Minister, Pahari Tribe ST Forum delegation call on Lt Governor
Several delegations including former Minister; members of Pahari Tribe ST Forum and Youth leader from Bhaderwah today called on Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha at Raj Bhawan.
Sh. Abdul Ghani Kohli, former Minister met the Lt Governor and projected various welfare issues of Gujjar and Bakerwal communities pertaining to proper arrangements for Gujjar & Bakwerwal population in view of the winter season; tribal funds; Insurance for sheep; spreading awareness among Gujjar and Bakerwal communities regarding welfare policies & schemes, besides other concerns of the general public.
Meanwhile, a three-member delegation of the Pahari Tribe ST Forum led by Adv. Ahsan Mirza and accompanied by Adv. Gurdev Singh Thakur and Sh. Sajjad Mirza submitted a memorandum of demands to the Lt Governor pertaining to ST status for Pahari people, functioning of Pahari Advisory Board and other concerning issues of Pahari youth.
Later, Advocate Mohammad Majid Malik, a youth leader from Bhaderwah also called on the Lt Governor and apprised him about various issues of Bhaderwah including the declaration of Jammu University campus into a full-fledged University; construction of Chattargalla tunnel; the opening of Bhaderwah-Chamba and Bhaderwah-Bani road; Mini Secretariat and several youth-related issues.
While interacting with the delegations, the Lt Governor observed that J&K Government has adopted citizen-centric policies and is steadfastly working on all fronts for the development and welfare of people belonging to every community.
We are committed to making every section of society an equal stakeholder in the development process of the UT, the Lt Governor said.
The Lt Governor assured the members of the delegations that the genuine issues put forth by them would be given due consideration. He impressed upon them to keep projecting the issues of public welfare and development of the region.
Jammu: Husband arrested for killing wife
A man was arrested for killing his 23-year-old wife and trying to mislead the investigators by projecting the murder as suicide in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Saturday.
Nishu Devi, a resident of Pasyal Dharalta village of Batote, was found hanging at her house on January 23 and inquest proceedings were initiated to ascertain the actual cause of the death, a police spokesperson said.
He said the postmortem of the deceased was conducted at district hospital Ramban and the body handed over to legal heirs for last rites.
During the course of inquiry, parents of the deceased alleged that their daughter was murdered by her husband and his family as they had been torturing and harassing her, the spokesperson said.
Pawan Kumar, husband of the deceased, was detained and questioned. He confessed to killing his wife by strangulating her and later hung her body to pass it as a case of suicide to mislead the police, he said.
The officials said the accused was arrested and booked for murder besides attempting to bribe a public servant to escape punishment.
47 Police officers promoted
Jammu and Kashmir Police Headquarters issued promotion orders of 47 officers vide different orders of PHQ.
A statement of J&K Police issued here said that as recommended by the Departmental Promotion Committee and after thorough scrutiny of the service records, promotion in respect of 16 SIs of Armed wing and eight ASIs of Executive Police has been ordered.
Besides, 23 officers have been given in-situ promotion. The statement said that the DGP congratulated the promoted officers and their family members and expressed hope that the promotion would serve as an inspiration for the officers to perform their duties with enhanced dedication and zeal.
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