Nitin Gadkari has announced that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) is taking up developmental works worth Rs 1,30,000 crore in Jammu and Kashmir. Since 2014, around 500 km of road network has been completed in the region, with the aim to improve connectivity and infrastructure in the area.
Gadkari further stated that a world-class Inter Modal Station (IMS) is being established in Katra to enhance the travelling experience of pilgrims visiting the Vaishno Devi shrine.
The minister highlighted that 41 tunnels are being constructed in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh at a cost of Rs 45,000 crore, along with 18 ropeways worth Rs 5,000 crore. Additionally, three corridors worth Rs 35,000 crore are being constructed for the journey between Jammu and Srinagar, which will reduce the earlier distance of 320 km by 70 km, resulting in travel time being reduced from 10 hours to 4-5 hours.
Amarnath Marg, leading to the Amarnath cave in Pahalgam, will be built at a cost of approximately Rs 5,300 crore, to ensure the convenience and safety of pilgrims visiting the holy shrine.