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Dr Jitendra approaches Gadkari for funding tunnel from Kathua to Doda

Last Updated on March 19, 2021 at 1:10 pm

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh has approached Union Minister for Roads, Transport & Highways (MoRTH), Nitin Gadkari for allocation of funds to enable timely completion of the proposed Chattergala tunnel which will connect district Kathua with district Doda enroute the new Highway via Basohli-Bani through Chattergalla to touch Bhaderwah and Doda.

This is going to be a historic landmark project providing all-weather alternate road connectivity between the two distant regions and reducing the travel time from Doda to Lakhanpur to just around four hours. 

Dr Jitendra Singh with Nitin Gadkari
Dr Jitendra Singh with Nitin Gadkari

Chattergala Project envisages a 6.8 Km long tunnel for which the Feasibility Survey has already been conducted by Border Roads Organisation (BRO). The tunnel is likely to take about 4 years for completion after the execution work starts and its construction cost is around Rs. 3,000 crore.  

Since the BRO was facing some constraints of funds, Dr Jitendra Singh met Gadkari and requested for financial support to BRO through Bharatmala or any other appropriate channel from the MoRTH. Gadkari’s response was positive and he issued instructions to work out how best this could be done. 

Meanwhile, Dr Jitendra Singh has impressed upon the BRO Chief Lt Gen Rajeev Choudhary to expedite the Chattergala project as fast as possible. He said, Chattergala is going to be a revolutionary game changer, particularly for the districts Kathua and Doda. He said, this will not only generate revenue but also job generation. Moreover, the all-weather road connectivity will bring ease of business,  shorten the travel time and also provide a  unique opportunity for places like Bani and Bhaderwah to emerge as tourist destinations of national repute, he added.  

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, the demand for the tunnel at Chattergalla had been pending for several years, but somehow not taken up by earlier governments because of their different priorities.