KARGIL, JULY 14, 2021: In order to review the on-going road construction works being executed by Project VIJAYAK in Kargil District, Chairman and Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC, Kargil Feroz Ahmad Khan convened a meeting of the concerned officers at Council Secretariat here today.
Executive Councilor for Animal and Sheep Husbandry Aga Syed Hassan Armaan Mosavi, Executive Councilor for Works Aga Syed Abbas Razvi, Executive Councilor for Tourism Er Punchok Tashi, Executive Councilor for Health Mohsin Ali, Deputy Commissioner and CEO, LAHDC, Kargil Santosh Sukhadeve, Chief Engineer Project VIJAYAK Brigadier Ashish Gambhir, Commander 762 BRFT Colonel Kaushik Mitra, Officer Commanding (OC) 55 RCC Mulbekh Mukesh Kumar Yadav besides other concerned officer were present during the meeting.
During the course of the meeting, CEC Feroz Ahmed Khan was apprised by the concerned officers about the various on-going road construction works. It was further informed that concretization of only 2 kilometres road stretch remains on the Kargil- Leh National Highway (NH-01) between Gumri and Zero Point Zojila.
The officers concerned further informed the meeting that the realignment works planned between Drass-Kharboo-Kaksar and Pashkum Road is all set and the DPR in this regard is on the advance stage, adding the maintenance of roads like fixing crash barriers, painting parapet walls, painting of bridges, berm dressing and drain clearance works at various locations is going on in full swing.
Commander 762 BRFT Colonel Kaushik Mitra further apprised the CEC that Sankoo-Kanoor-Sapila-Mulbekh road is under construction where certain land issues at Kanoor is creating hindrance in the road construction works.
CEC Khan directed the Deputy Commissioner Kargil to have a personal visit to the site and ensure resolution of the land issue immediately.
The meeting was further informed that Drass-Umbala-Sankoo road is almost at the completion stage.
Regarding the Nimo-Padum-Darcha (NPD) Road, the concerned officers apprised CEC Khan that this strategic road will have all weather connectivity with Himachal Pradesh, with total length of around 259 kms, out of which 78 kms black topping has been completed so far, 56.3 kms double-laning has also been done while the remaining 34.1 kms will be completed at the earliest possible.
Pertaining to the status of construction works of various bridges at Lungnak, Raru and Zangla, at the (NPD) Road, Harka Bahadur, and Machoie, the meeting was informed that 4 new major bridges are proposed at NPD Road, 1 at Drass, 3 at Sapi Road and 1 bridge near the Kargil town by pass.
CEC Khan was further informed by the concerned officers that some new proposals have already been sent to the UT Administration Ladakh including construction of tunnels at Namkila, Fotula Hambotingla and Khaltsi -Batalik road.
Various issues pertaining to the road construction and maintenance like mutation and sale deeds of acquired land, damage to the roads due to water release from the cultivated lands, encroachment of National Highway right of way (ROW) and other roads, handling of conveyance contract to transport and bus agencies in Kargil district, pending land acquisition case of SKMS roads and other related issues.
The issue with regard to the upgradation/ widening of Kargil-Batalik and Batalik-Khaltsi road was also discussed during the meeting.
The Chief Engineer Project VIJAYAK informed that proposal for widening of these roads have been sent to the authorities while the remaining blacktopping of the new alignment road at Hambotingla will be completed soon.
Meanwhile, CEC Feroz Ahmed Khan appreciated the works being executed by the Project VIJAYAK and BRO in the Kargil District and said that these developmental works not only benefit the locals of the district but also path breaking steps have been taken by these agencies in the process of nation building.
While hailing the support extended by the BRO and Project VIJAYAK for the re-opening of Zojila Pass, the CEC said that the remarkable contribution of these agencies is always extraordinary despite terrible and harsh climatic conditions.
CEC Feroz Ahmed Khan also urged the concerned officers to provide employment to the locals in the different road construction works.
Chief Engineer Project VIJAYAK Brigadier Ashish Gambhir assured CEC Khan that the priority has always been to provide employment to the locals and number of local workers and labourers is increasing every year.
He also assured that to enhance the skill development of the locals, a technical operator and helper is being kept to impart the various technical skills besides experience certificates will also be provided to the workers, which in future will benefit them in applying for jobs at various other agencies.