AC approves rehabilitation program for Ramban families


ST on ATF reduced to one pc

Excelsior correspondent
SRINAGAR, October 10: The Board of Directors (CA), which met here under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, approved the proposal of the Ministry of Finance for the rehabilitation of six families whose structures fall under the Jammu to Srinagar National Road Project at Dhalwas Village, Tehsil & Ramban District where a plot of land measuring 4 Kanals and 11 Marlas is required for the construction of the NH.
Farooq Khan and Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, advisers to the lieutenant governor, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, chief secretary, J&K and Nitishwar Kumar, principal secretary to the lieutenant governor attended the meeting.
The rehabilitation of these affected families and the consequent availability of plots of land removed a major bottleneck in the completion of the prestigious project of strategic importance. The government is keen to ensure the early completion of the NH-44 to ensure reliable connectivity with the Kashmir Valley.
Four NH-44 lanes were completed on several segments. Recently, the Navyug tunnel was also completed, which is expected to significantly improve connectivity with the valley, especially during winters when inclement weather conditions have caused the motorway to be frequently closed in the past.
The completion of four lanes of the NH-44 will play an important role in economic, industrial, social and cultural development, improved road connectivity and job creation opportunities in the region.
In the meantime, the Board of Directors has decided to reduce the sales tax on aviation turbine fuel to one person.
The move is part of a series of measures recently taken by the government to promote air traffic to Jammu and Kashmir. Recently, the airstrip at Jammu Airport has been extended and as a result airlines have been allowed to operate flights at full capacity. In addition, late evening flights were permitted at both Jammu and Srinagar airports. These measures should ensure affordable air fares for flights to Jammu and Srinagar airports.
With the reduction in air fares due to the reduction in the ATF sales tax, air traffic is expected to increase, which will boost both tourism and economic activities in the region.

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