The Jammu-Srinagar Nationwide Freeway (NH) is all set to develop into an specific freeway because the Nationwide Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is working around the clock to show this vital thoroughfare into an all-weather highway.
From 1947 to 2019, former rulers performed politics over this all-important freeway, which connects Kashmir with the remainder of the nation. As an alternative of creating it, they saved on speaking about opening various routes. They misled folks by stating that Srinagar-Muzaffarabad Street can be reopened and Kashmir would get linked to Pakistan.
In 2005, India and Pakistan began cross-LoC bus providers. In 2008, the cross-LoC (Line of Management) commerce was additionally launched for the primary time since 1947. Each, the bus service and the commerce, had been known as off in 2019.
The Authorities of India ended the cross-LoC commerce between PoK and J&Ok because of the misuse of the route by terrorists and their handlers. The misuse included the smuggling of unlawful weapons, narcotics, and foreign money.
By calling off the cross-LoC commerce and the bus service, the regime led by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, despatched a transparent message that Pakistan received’t be allowed to advertise terror below the garb of commerce, and it drove residence a degree that the experiment of making an attempt to attach J&Ok with PoK had failed.
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Prime Minister’s Rs 80,000 crore package deal
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi throughout his go to to Kashmir in 2015 introduced a Rs 80,000 crore package deal for constructing ‘Naya Jammu and Kashmir’.
The package deal included cash for setting up new roads and highways. Nonetheless, the then regime led by the Individuals’s Democratic Celebration (PDP) in J&Ok didn’t pay a lot consideration to spending the cash on the tasks which it was meant for.
The work on turning Srinagar-Jammu NH into an specific freeway was carried on at a snail’s tempo, which led to the frequent closure of the highway. It offered the leaders of the political events, together with PDP and Nationwide Convention, with an opportunity to mislead the those that the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad freeway was extra reliable than the Srinagar-Jammu NH. These leaders in a approach endorsed the narrative of the separatists and despatched a message to them that they assist their agenda of separation. The mainstream Kashmiri leaders until 2019 left no alternative to appease the separatists and Pakistan.
The scenario in J&Ok modified on August 5, 2019 – when the Centre introduced its choice to abrogate the state’s particular standing and bifurcated it into two Union Territories. The federal government launched into a mission to attach Kashmir with the remainder of the nation by way of highway, air, and railways.
As of date, almost 100 flights function from Srinagar worldwide airport day by day, the practice to Kashmir shouldn’t be that far-off and the Srinagar-Jammu NH inside a yr or two would develop into a four-lane specific freeway.
Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Navyug tunnels
Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Tunnel shouldn’t be solely India’s longest freeway tunnel (9 km lengthy) but in addition Asia’s longest bi-directional freeway tunnel. It’s often known as the Chenani-Nashri tunnel. It has diminished the journey time between Nashri and Chenani from two hours to mere quarter-hour.
Equally, the 8.5 km lengthy Navyug Tunnel at an elevation of 1,790 m within the Pir Panjal vary has diminished the journey time between Qazigund and Banihal to fifteen minutes from almost two hours.
Nandni Tunnels, the sequence of 4 freeway tunnels on Jammu-Srinagar NH in Udhampur district have reduce down the journey time by a minimum of one hour.
The space between Jammu and Srinagar cities has been diminished from 300 km to 260 km and the journey which used to get lined 10 to 12 hours in 2019, is roofed inside 5 to six hours in 2022.
The four-lane freeway corridors from Srinagar to Qazigund and Jammu to Udhampur have made journey sooner and simpler on NH-44.
Chief Secretary monitoring progress
J&Ok Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta is personally monitoring the progress of the work on Srinagar-Jammu NH.
In a overview assembly held earlier in October, Mehta directed the NHAI to observe all deadlines for clearing of muck, enchancment of highway floor, completion of the important T-5 tunnel, and widening of the Ramsoo-Rampari-Sherbibi stretch on NH-44.
He emphasised on the necessity to discover a one-time resolution to the freeway woes. As soon as the T-5 tunnel is accomplished, it’s going to scale back the journey time between Banihal to Ramban – treacherous mountainous terrain – from three hours to 25 minutes. The T-5 tunnel would carry Jammu and Srinagar shut.
Srinagar comes nearer to Jammu
The current dispensation in Jammu and Kashmir led by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha is eager on guaranteeing that the journey time between the dual capitals of J&Ok, that’s, Srinagar and Jammu come right down to 4 hours.
The areas which had been liable to land and mudslides have been developed and the tunnels which have come up on the freeway have made commuting straightforward and hassle-free for vacationers.
The advance within the situation of Jammu-Srinagar NH has punctured all of the faux narratives about this freeway being an unnatural route.
The brand new tunnels and the enlargement of the freeway are main steps in direction of “finishing the mixing of Kashmir with the Union of India”.
The NH-44 turning into an specific freeway has shattered the parable about Srinagar-Muzzafarabad Street being the pure path to Kashmir.
The federal government has additionally taken up the work on Mughal Street which connects South Kashmir with the Jammu area. This highway too can be developed into an all-weather freeway to finish Kashmir’s standing of being a landlocked Valley.
Former rulers haven’t any solutions
Former J&Ok rulers, who used to say that the route from Srinagar to PoK would develop into a everlasting thoroughfare, have been left with nothing to promote. Individuals are asking why couldn’t they develop the Srinagar-Jammu NH for 70 years. Is it that they delayed the event tasks to mislead the folks by claiming that J&Ok can by no means be developed? Anyway, their time has ended because the folks have realised that the leaders whom they reposed their belief in had been by no means taken with J&Ok’s growth. The one factor that mattered to them was energy.
The freeway which troubled the folks of Kashmir for seven many years has been developed simply in three years. It’s a giant achievement of Prime Minister Modi-led authorities and management deserves accolades for it.