Despite all the big talks on development Jammu and Kashmir remains poor as far as road connectivity is concerned. Highways may be better in plain but some stretches are treacherous and remain cut-off for days during rains and in winters due to snowfall. The bane of the state is the lack of all weather road connectivity which has proved a major impediment even at the time of accidents and calamities for conducting relief and rescue operations. Some of the interior regions are the worst where even the National Highway becomes a mountain road and the traffic moves at a snail pace and any disturbance in the smooth traffic leads to traffic blockade for hours. What is needed is the improvement of rural road network so that even the remote villages are connected and can reap the fruits of development. The landslides make most of the hilly roads non-useable during rains and winters. In the absence of better infrastructure number of vehicles gets stranded for days. Roads in the state have to be kept in good conditions if the government wants to promote tourism in the right earnest all this has to be taken care by the government. Road projects worth Rs 20,000 crores for Jammu and Kashmir were part of a total of Rs 60,000 crores projects approved by Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari. But seeing the state of this stretch of road one doubts that the state would be able to share the progress of ambitious connectivity programme launched by the Centre. Only if the State has good roads, will there be a good trade among other cities and states.
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