Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government is considering a ferry service on river Jhelum to ease traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, an official said here on Wednesday.

"A proposal has been formulated by the Irrigation and Flood Control department to start transport facilities on river Jhelum as an alternative to road transport," Chief Engineer of the department Ahmad Muzaffar Lankaer said.

"Although, we would like to extend the service to all regions through which the river flows, we are currently focusing on connecting Pampore in Pulwama district with Chattabal in Srinagar," he said.

The project, costing around Rs 323 crore, has been submitted to the state government which, in turn, will be submitted to the Cente for funding, Lankaer said.

(Agencies)