Punjab gets highway projects worth Rs 4,000 crore

Punjab gets highway projects worth Rs 4,000 crore

Taking Punjab on the path of development through National Highways, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari today inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of 29 National Highway projects with an investment of over Rs 4,000 crore in Hoshiarpur, Punjab. On this occasion, Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Shri Som Prakash, Punjab Bharatiya Janata Party State President Shri Sunil Kumar along with MPs, MLAs and officials were also present.

The implementation of the projects inaugurated and foundation stone laid today will improve the infrastructure, which will lead to overall economic development of the implementation area and improve the quality of life of the residents. There will be uninterrupted and free movement of traffic which will also improve the efficiency of goods transportation.

Construction of 4-laning of this section including Phagwara and Hoshiarpur bypass will provide 100 kmph high-speed connectivity between Phagwara and Hoshiarpur and reduce travel time from 1 hour to 30 minutes. Phagwara and Hoshiarpur bypass will reduce congestion in the urban area and provide direct connectivity to Hoshiarpur through National Highway 44 (GT Road). Construction of the 4-lane Ladowal bypass connecting GT Road and National Highway 5 in Ludhiana will provide direct connectivity to the Ludhiana-Ferozepur Highway with the Delhi-Jalandhar Highway (National Highway 44).

Construction of 4-laning of Talwandi Bhai to Firozpur section and Firozpur bypass will improve connectivity. The construction of these projects will increase safety and speed up traffic on the country's highways. There will be a direct increase in religious pilgrimage sites and inter-state connectivity located in the project areas.

Through this program organized today, Shri Nitin Gadkari also announced other new projects in terms of road connectivity. The announcement includes construction of 45 km 4-lane bypass at Mukerian, Dasuiya and Bhogpur on Jalandhar to Pathankot route at a cost of Rs 1600 crore and 30 km 4-lane bypass from Tanda to Hoshiarpur at a cost of Rs 800 crore.

Pavita Jones