Kotwal on Friday inspected the pace of the ongoing construction works between Banihal and Nashri, the most problematic stretch of the highway, an official spokesperson said on Saturday.
The Finance Commissioner inspected construction works at Chamalwas, Nachilana, Ramsoo, Seri, Ramban, Chanderkote, and Dahlwas besides directing the officers concerned to remove bottlenecks, if any, hindering the project.
He was informed that the land acquisition process has been completed and all the working sites have been handed over to the NHAI
for starting construction works, the spokesperson said.
Expressing satisfaction over the pace of work, the finance commissioner said the project would be completed within one-and-half years.
"In view of the topography of the hilly terrain between Ramban and Banihal, a detailed project report (DPR) worth Rs 2,000 crore is being formulated by the NHAI
to complete the changed 16-km four-laning realigned project which included more tunnels and bridges to avoid landslide and sinking areas," Kotwal said.
He also instructed the NHAI
and contractors engaged in the widening of the National Highway
44 to ensure proper maintenance of existing roads for hassle-free movement of vehicles.