Vehicles plying on road outside Jamia Masjid Shopian
Vehicles plying on road near Jamia Masjid Shopian

NEW DELHI — Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari, announced a significant allocation of Rs. 224.44 crore for the construction of the Shopian bypass in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a social media post, Gadkari revealed that the sanctioned funds will be utilized to transform National Highway-444 into a two-lane configuration with a paved shoulder, covering a stretch of 8.925 kilometres in the Shopian district.

The project will be executed under the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) mode.

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Highlighting the strategic importance of the bypass, Gadkari emphasized its role in linking Shopian district with Pulwama and Kulgam within the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir.

He underscored that the development will notably benefit apple growers in South Kashmir, particularly in Shopian district, renowned as the “Apple bowl of the valley,” by facilitating efficient transportation of produce to markets.

The project’s broader impact is expected to include enhanced connectivity and heightened road safety measures, contributing to the overall development of the region.

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