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Admin wants an elected Govt to take over soon: Governor Malik

Inaugurates phase-II of JCRB flyover, apologizes over highway ban


KNS

Srinagar, May 22 (KNS): Governor Satya pal Malik on Wednesday said that his administration wants an elected government to take over in Jammu and Kashmir soon. However, he also apologized to the people for the restrictions imposed on civilian movement on Srinagar-Jammu highway twice a week.

Talking to the reporters after inaugurating the second phase of Jahangir Chowk-Ram Bagh flyover here, Governor said that they (administration) want an elected government to take over the State soon.

He was reacting to a query about some officials within his administration were not keen on transfer of power to an elected government in Jammu and Kashmir.

However, he said that the call for the elections has to be taken by Election Commission. “We want this (President’s Rule) to end at an earliest and an elected government to take over the State,” he said.

Moreover, Governor refused to talk over the Budgam Chopper incident.

Nonetheless, Governor apologized for the restrictions imposed on civilian movement on Srinagar-Jammu highway, saying that ban was imposed in ‘national interest’.

“I apologise to the people for inconvenience they faced due to restrictions imposed on highway,” Governor said, adding that all the restrictions will be lifted from May 27, 2019.

Pertinently, Governor inaugurated the second limb of Jehangir Chowk-Rambgh flyover. The flyover from Rambagh to Alochibagh was thrown open for vehicular movement.

The step will bring major relief to people from daily traffic jams from Rambagh to Jahangir Chowk and internal diversion routes.

The first limb from Bakshi Stadium to Barzulla bridge was thrown open last year.

Officials said the third limb of the flyover from Jahangir Chowk will be completed in June and the ramp from Jahangir Chowk will be completed in July. “Whole flyover will be completed by the end of July,” officials said.

Governor Malik inaugurated the second limb today morning in presence of top officials of the administration including Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, K.K. Sharma, K. Skandan- Advisors to Governor; BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor; Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary Planning, Development and Monitoring; Baseer Khan, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Junaid Azim Mattu, Mayor Srinagar Municipal Corporation; Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar; Raghav Langer, CEO ERA and others.

Governor Malik dedicated the second phase of the Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover today to commuters. He congratulated the executing agencies and observed that this stretch of 1.04 km would provide much awaited relief to commuters from Rambagh to Alochi Bagh and regulate traffic at Rambagh, Solina, Alochi Bagh and on the Rambagh Bridge.

Once completed, the 2.4 kilometer flyover with six access ramps at Jehangir Chowk, Gogji Bagh, Alochi Bagh, Rambagh, Natipora and Barzulla, will substantially decongest city traffic and reduce travel time between Jehangir Chowk and Rambagh from about 45 minutes to about 2.5 minutes. (KNS) 


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