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YoungBites. Dated: 4/20/2017 10:06:25 AM

New vital road projects will bolster rural connectivity, economy across the State: Lal Singh

* It is duty of the govt that the people of uncovered hamlets do not face any problem of connectivity in their areas, said Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology Choudhary Lal Singh
* He was interacting with the Young Bites. Here are the excerpts.
Vijay Gupta
VG: Road connectivity in far flung areas of your constituency is a big issue, why?
LS: It is the duty of government that the people of uncovered hamlets do not face any problem of connectivity in their areas. In this regard we have started the construction work on 8.06 km road from Jakhole to Raichangera which will be executed under PMGSY with an estimated cost of Rs 4.20 crore. I have also instructed the concerned officers to complete the roads at an earliest, besides maintaining the quality of the works so that people of uncovered hamlets do not face any problem of connectivity in their areas. The road after completion will provide connectivity to small hamlets of Jakhole, Malaman, and Raichangera beside others.
The Minister said that that development is not possible without developing basic infrastructure. Whereas, improving road networks is the priority of the present dispensation as good road links in remote areas improve the socio-economic condition of people and ensure them comfortable life.
The better road connectivity plays vital role in economic and social inclusion of rural part of our state and the government has initiated a massive road developmental programme with the assistance of Central government across the State, with special focus on up gradation of roads in remote and hilly areas.
VG: What are more plans of development for this constituency?
LS: Stressing on the need of conserving environment, forests play an important role in survival of human race as water, food and air can be obtained from trees. We are trying to develop green corridor along highway through plantation and allied activity, Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology, Choudhary Lal Singh today launched the plantation drive in Samba district under the Greening of Highway Phase-1 extending from Lakhanpur in Kathua to Udhampur.
The objective of this endeavor is to develop a framework for the plantation of trees along highways, reducing the impact of air pollution and dust, providing shade on glaring hot roads during summer, reducing the impact of noise pollution and soil erosion, preventing the glare from the headlights of incoming vehicles, and curbing carbon emission.
VG: May we have some details about the Green Highway project?
LS: Under the ‘Green Highway' project, the first three rows will have ornamental plants along the highway whereas the back rows will have commercial species of plants. In order to make highway eco-friendly and green, the work is under progress and fencing of enclosures is also being undertaken; the entire plantation will be done by Social Forestry wing of Forest department. After completion of enclosure and fencing work, massive plantation drive will be held along the highway in this season.
The government is committed to provide better road connectivity to the people of rural areas and especially those residing in far off places. He said that government has focused its attention on developing locations having tourist potential to increase footfall which can generate employment and further enhance the socio- economic condition of the locals.


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