Srinagar: The Jammu Kashmir union territory government has plans to construct a 600 kilometer long highway along the border touching all picturesque tourist spots in the Kashmir Valley, each of which will be ‘another Gulmarg’, reported PTI, quoting Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam.
The Rs 8,000 crore road project will connect Gulmarg with Kargil and Drass in Ladakh.
“We are planning to construct a 600 km road which will touch tourist attractions like Keran, Gurez and Machhal. The road will connect all unexplored tourist spots and picturesque valleys and help open them for the tourists,” Subrahmanyam told a group of journalists.
The chief secretary said there will be 12-13 major tunnels along the road and it will also facilitate connectivity to the forward locations. “Each of these tourist locations will be another Gulmarg,” he said.
While picturesque Keran and Machhal are located along the Line of Control in Kupwara district, Gurez is a valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains in Bandipora district. Kargil and Drass now fall under the Union Territory of Ladakh.
The chief secretary said the Jammu and Kashmir administration has also intensified construction of rural roads.
“Earlier, on an average 1300 km rural road was built in a year but now we are planning to build 5000 km rural road in a year,” he said.
With inputs from agencies