Pulwama: District Development Commissioner Pulwama, Ghulam Mohammad Dar Wednesday visited various areas in the district to review the status of various works being executed under prestigious National Highway-444 project.
ADC Pulwama Showkat Ahmad Rather, Executive Engineers Project Circle other concerned Officers of the executing agency accompanied the DDC.
It was said the highway project involves road length of 127 kilometers and will connect Pulwama district to Srinagar and Qazigund. In Pulwama it will run through 22 villages from Batpora-Wanpora to Nikas and around 689 kanals of land has to be acquired for the project.
The DDC emphasized upon the importance of the National Highway-444 and said the proposed highway was approved by Central Government to improve road infrastructure in the state which will augment the existing road network and roads.
He directed the executing agencies that minimum residential houses shall be brought under its alignment and religious structure and graveyards should be excluded as far as possible. He said project when completed will expand the existing roads and would connect the Poonch–Rajouri Circular road and road leading to Lassipora which is big industrial growth centre thus benefiting people especially in forward backward linkage chain and would provide a boost to economy.
The road passes through a number of Urban, Semi urban and rural areas with variable configuration from single lane, intermediate and double lane in urban sections. It is pertinent to mention that the condition of the existing road varies from poor to fair weather in most of the sections.