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LG announces launch of Macadamisation Program

Rs 200 Cr allotted to PWD as the 1st tranche; All fair-weather roads to be macadamized

Srinagar, July 23 | In a significant move aimed at improving road conditions and giving major relief to the public, the Lieutenant Governor, G.C. Murmu, announced the launch of a Macadamisation Program for roads across the UT of Jammu & Kashmir.

The announcement comes in the backdrop of grievances relating to the poor condition of roads and the problems connected thereto, presented before the Lieutenant Governor during his tours as a part of his outreach program. Following a detailed discussion with his Advisors, the Lieutenant Governor approved a program for 100% macadamization of all roads in J&K including 11,000 kms of fair-weather roads.

A Committee comprising of the Financial Commissioner (Finance), Principal Secretary (PW(R&B)), Secretary (Planning) and Secretary (Rural Development) has been constituted which will prepare a roadmap and a financing plan for ensuring 100% macadamization of all roads in Jammu & Kashmir in a time-bound manner. The Committee has been directed to submit its report by 10.08.2020

In the meanwhile, the Lieutenant Governor announced a release of Rs 200 Crores to the Public Works Department as the first tranche so that the macadamization work on priority roads can commence.

Prioritization of roads for macadamization work will be done by a Committee at the District level, chaired by the Deputy Commissioner with the Executive Engineer, PWD, and ACD as its members. The prioritization criteria will include when a road was last macadamized, whether it was part of the grievances presented before Lieutenant Governor during his outreach tours, the present quality of the road, and other similar factors.

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