Srinagar,November 26 (Vijay Kumar) –Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister said that Mughal Road was the dream of his grandfather Sher-i-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah to re-link Poonch-Rajouri with Srinagar via Shopian through this historical route which was the most favourite route during Mughal period and subsequently.
Speaking at a mammoth gathering at Dobjan in
He said that he was happy to observe extra ordinary enthusiasm and jubilance of the people, who had assembled in large numbers to witness the first drive on this road. He said it indicates that entire people of J&K are keen and have emotional attachment with Mughal road hoping that the road is opened as soon as possible.
Today history was revived when after centuries the Shopian-Poonch-Rajouri road link was personally inspected by Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah along with hundreds of media personalities from
Provincial President National Conference, Ali Mohammed Dar also spoke on the occasion and said that the people are very happy for opening of this vital road link.
The Chief Minister said that he has found that Dobjan as well as adjoining areas have great tourism potential as attractive and captivating as Gulmarg , Pahalgam and Sonamarg tourist resorts. He said that there is great scope to revive snow-skiing on the hill slopes which are ideal for the purpose. He said that this road will not only boost development of the area from Shopian, Poonch and Rajouri but will also help the students avail facilities of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University and Vice versa as within four hours distance can be travelled which hitherto normally would take two days to travel. He said this road will also help the people of Kashmir to visit Shadra-Sharief Shrine and people of Rajouri and Poonch worthy shrines of
Omar said that for every State Inter-regional roads play very vital role in boosting the economy and developmental activities. He said it was decades ago together the people were eagerly waiting for this vital linkage.
The Chief Minister said today he seems itself fully satisfied with the fact that the road has been constructed and links between two important regions and districts have been established. He said that he has already instructed the authorities of Mughal road project to expedite the work. He complimented Saroori, who has taken keen interest in supervising execution of this road. He said he is confident that all finishing touch will be given to this road project by June. He said this road will be an alternate route to
Speaking on the occasion, Saroori said that R&B is working on fast-track basis to construct all major and minor roads throughout the State and ensure completion of all projects under execution within scheduled time-frame. He said Mughal road was one of the ambitious and magnificent project of the State and Central Government’s decision to fully fund this project has enable us to reach this successful stage when after centuries the link was opened today for historical drive. He said that it was his keen interest of s. Sonia Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh that this project was fully constructed. He also praised Ghulam Nabi Azad for his keen interest in intensifying the work on the project because of which the most dangerous passes on the road were cleared and road was construct.
From Dubjan, Chief Minister along with Ministers and media in hundreds of vehicles proceeded towards historical Mughal Sarai. The Mughal Sarai, which was the way side shelter centuries earlier was existing with the same glory on the side of the Mughal road. He came down from his vehicle and stopped at Mughal Sarai alongwith the team and asked execution agencies to immediately form a project for development of this sarai.