PWD (R&B) starts upgradation of Patnitop-Sanasar road

Excelsior Correspondent

RAMBAN, July 4: In order to enhance the local transportation, the Public Works (R&B) Department Ramban initiated the improvement and upgradation work of the Patnitop-Sanasar road, here today.
The upgradation work started with an estimated cost of Rs. 1991.45 lakh for Phase-1.
This project includes the construction of a concrete road.
The Member of District Development Council, Batote, Jagbir Das, commenced the construction work in presence of Executive Engineer PWD (R&B) Ramban, Abhishek Gupta, Assistant Executive Engineer Batote, Satbir Singh, and Assistant Engineer, Abhinandan Gupta, along with other officials and local dignitaries.
There was a long pending demand of local citizens and tourists for the improvement of this stretch of the road which receives heavy snowfall and rainfall all year round. This stretch of the road will be upgraded to intermediate concrete road with adequate cross drainage works, protection works, safety features, etc.
The Patnitop-Sanasar road is a critical 19-kilometer stretch, with the first 10 kilometers managed by GREF (BRO) and the remaining 9 kilometers by PWD (R&B). This latter section has been in poor condition, prompting demands for its improvement due to frequent potholes and adverse weather conditions.
The project aims to upgrade the road to an intermediate concrete road with enhanced drainage and safety features.
Speaking on the occasion, Jagbir Das highlighted that the project will facilitate easier transport, boost tourism, generate employment, and ensure year-round connectivity.
“The UT Government, led by the Lt. Governor, has also committed to improving connectivity to Sanasar from the Nashri side,” he added.
Patnitop and Sanasar are major tourist destinations in Jammu Province, attracting visitors for their natural beauty, adventure activities and religious tourism.
The road improvement is expected to increase tourism and support local economic growth in education and healthcare.

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