STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: Announcing that the ambitious Rs. 49 crore New Toll Plaza at Lakhanpur will be commissioned after 15 days, the Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Abdul Rahim Rather on Wednesday said construction of the plaza is another milestone of the present government towards infrastructural development for making J and K a model state in the country.
During his inspection of the New Toll Plaza at Lakhanpur today, along with senior functionaries of the government, Rather said that the plaza will go a long way in curtailing frequent jams due to massive vehicular movement at the Lakhanpur, the Gateway to J and K, besides providing modern facilities to the transporters, commuters and traders coming and going outside the State. It will also improve working conditions for the field staff of the Excise and Commercial Taxes Departments besides minimising smoke and dust pollution.
The minister was accompanied by the Financial Commissioner Finance, Iqbal Khanday, Commissioner Secretary R&B, Tanveer Jehan, Commissioner Secretary PHE, Pawan Kotwal, Deputy Commissioner, Kathua, Zahida Khan, Commissioner Excise, J and K, Veneeta Gupta, Commissioner Sales Tax, Kifayat Rizvi, Chief Engineer, PDD, Jammu, Chief Engineer, R&B, Jammu, Managing Director JKPCC, DIG Traffic and other concerned officers.
After inspection of the Toll Plaza, Rather also chaired a high level meeting and took a broad review of the latest status of works on the Toll Plaza, after which he gave final touches to the programme for its inauguration. He directed the engineers of PHE and Power Departments to restore water and power supply to the whole complex upto 30th November this month positively so that the inauguration of the Toll Plaza is ensured anytime during the first week of the next month. He also directed the Deputy Commissioner, Kathua and DC Excise, Lakhanpur Toll Post to process the case for acquisition of additional 108 Kanal of land from the Northern Railways for further expansion of the Toll Plaza.
Iqbal Khanday asked the concerned offices to take up the matter regarding excavation in Ravi River with the Punjab Government to seek protection for the Toll Plaza as the river has reportedly changed its course towards Punjab side. The meeting also reviewed the pace of work at Toll Post Nagri which is coming up at a revised cost of Rs. 13.26 crore. An amount of Rs. 9.29 crore has already been incurred on it upto ending October this year.
The minister, while expressing his dismay over the slow pace of work on the Toll Plaza, directed the Chief Engineer R&B, Jammu to complete its construction within six months.