The long pending proposal for construction of a tunnel that would enable round-the-year connectivity on historic Mughal Road could see progress in coming days as union government on Wednesday “agreed in principle” to accord National Highway status to the road.
The decision was taken at a meeting between union minister for road, transport and Highways (MoRTH) Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, in New Delhi on Wednesday.
“This is important as it means work on construction of the tunnel, which had run into problem, will start now,” public works and government spokesman Naeem Akhter, who was part of the meeting, told .
In March last year, the National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), a company fully owned by the ministry had put on hold pre-construction project work after inviting proposals from eligible consultants for preparation of detailed project report and working out pre-construction activities for the tunnel.
“It was pointed out during the meeting that halt on the work has send wrong signal despite assurance by the union minister to the Chief Minister last time.”