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31-Member Parliamentary Delegation arriving today

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Srinagar: A Parliamentary delegation comprising 31 delegates will arrive in Kashmir today to review the Tourism, Culture, road and transport sectors in the valley.
Special Secretary to the Government and Secretary Tourism, Sarmad Hafeez while confirming the visit of the Parliamentary Delegation said the guests will meet the officials from Tourism department and other stakeholders associated with the tourism sector.
The Parliamentary Panel is scheduled to meet with stakeholders on leading aspects of Road, Tourism, Travel and Hospitality sector, in addition to a meeting with officials of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), and J&K UT Government on ‘Role of highways in nation building.’
“The 31 member Parliamentary delegation will be visiting Kashmir valley tomorrow, the delegation will review the Road, Air, and Railway connectivity in Jammu and Kashmir,” Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P K Pole said.
The committee will also look into the Tourism and Cultural promotions in the valley, he added.
Notably, the Srinagar Jammu National highway is a vital surface link between Kashmir and rest of the country which frequently gets closed in winters due to heavy snowfall, landslides and shooting stones.
The closure of the road results in delay of essential supplies and other commodities to the valley, besides loss to the economy of the region.
All the successive governments’ so far have failed to find alternatives to the crises that result from the closure of the Srinagar Jammu National Highway.
To curb the road connectivity crises Government of India approved implementation of projects for four-laning of the mountainous Srinagar Jammu National Highway.
The road widening project has failed to complete despite missing several deadlines.
Earlier, National Highway Authorities also confirmed that work on four- laning of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was stopped at many places and excavation work was also halted in the areas which proved vulnerable.
They further said that they are exploring the options of Tunnels and wide-ups on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. (KNO)

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