Baramulla, August 09: District Development Commissioner Baramulla Dr G N Itoo chaired a meeting of concerned officers here at dak bungalow to review the progress on the strengthening and upgradation work of existing carriageway to intermediate lane on Baramulla-Gulmarg section of NH 701A.

Meeting was attended by ADC, Joint Director Planning, ACR,heads of various engineering departments among other concerned functionaries.

On the occasion, a detailed discussion on the subject was held during which it was informed through a power point presentation, that DPR of the said project has already been prepared. It was also informed that the road having a length of 42.80 km, is being upgraded at an estimated cost of Rs 152,43cr. It was further informed that the road was declared as National Highway 701A in 2018 by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

The DDC took a detailed account of all the aspects and said that the roads plays a vital role in developing tourism as it connects Baramulla with the famous tourist destination, Gulmarg. He also directed the concerned agencies to ramp up the pace of work so that it is completed well within the stipulated timeframe. DDC also stressed to work in coordination and cohesion besides directed to sort out all bottle necks in a time bound manner.