Amir Tantray

JK News Today: Doda, May 3: After suffering for several years due to bad condition of road which led to several accidents killing many people, the widening work on Pul Doda to Thathri stretch of Batote-Kishtwar national highway is expected to be completed by the month of November this year.

Apart from two bypasses, Prem Nagar and Thathri town, this 30-km-long stretch of national highway 244 is in its final stage.

The macadamisation work has started at many places and other works are in its final stage or have achieved the 80 percent of work. Many areas where protection works were going on have been completed and things are moving fast to complete the work.

“The construction work is in full swing and work at many areas has achieved finality. We are hopeful that by November this year, the work will be completed,” Col Nagender Singh Gill, General Manager of NHIDCL situated at Doda told JK News Today.

“But at two places, Prem Nagar and Thathri, bypass work is yet to start and till then vehicles will have to pass through existing road through Prem Nagar market and Thathri town,” Col Gill added.

Since NHIDCL had started the widening work on this stretch of the highway, commuters were facing a lot of difficulties and the 30-km-long stretch of the highway was taking upto to two hours, which otherwise takes only half an hour.

Now, when the widening work is about to be completed, commuters can have relief.

“We believe once the work is completed, it will be a half an hour journey,” the GM NHIDCL said.