Describing the construction of Mughal road as one of the landmark achievements of the Congress-NC coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday stated that the re-opening of this historical route has opened new avenues of progress and prosperity for the Pir Panjal region of the state.
Azad was addressing public meetings in Gool, Gulabgarh, Surankote, Reasi and Chenani assembly seats which are going to polls on December 2.
"UPA government's liberal funding by way of revising the project cost from a meager `225 crore to `640 crore and a fast-tracked execution led to the creation of a viable alternate connectivity for the people of Pir Panjal in a short span of two and a half years," Azad added.
Azad claimed that no other political party can claim the credit for having executed big projects in such an efficient and speedy manner in J&K as has been done by the Congress-NC government.
Seeking a decisive mandate, Azad said that Congress-led government has proven its credentials of being the only pro-development force in the state. "Others have always believed in raising bogies of various hues and colours to play with the sentiments of the people on religious and regional lines," the Congress leader added.
Azad said that it is also a contribution of the coalition government that it compelled other parties to include development in their agenda.
He said that a Congress government in future will explore the construction of tunnel on Mughal road to make it an all-weather road.