Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to treat the upgradation of the Guru Gobind Singh Marg, linking three Takhts of the Sikh religion, as a project of national importance.
The CM would also meet the PM and Union surface transport minister Nitin Gadkari for the completion of upgradation of the road project.
Badal appealed to the PM to convene a high-level meeting involving Gadkari and the chief ministers of all states through which the historic road passes. These states are Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
The chief minister’s appeal to the Prime Minister came after the former held a high-level meeting with state government officials to review and expedite work on the Punjab segment (Phase 1) of this road network from Takht Keshgarh Sahib, Anandpur Sahib, to Takht Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo.
The Punjab segment covers a distance of 588 km and marks the path travelled by Guru Gobind Singh from Anandpur Sahib to Talwandi Sabo.
On the national map, the road stretches from Anandpur Sahib to Takht Damdama Sahib in Punjab and then on to Takht Hazur Sahib (Nanded) in Maharashtra. A stretch of 1123.3 km of this route falls in Rajasthan, with 690.9 km on the national highway, 163.9 km in Haryana, 630.2 km in Madhya Pradesh, 362.4 km in Maharashtra, 18 km in Delhi and 177 km in Uttar Pradesh.
Badal emphasised the need for expediting work on Phase 2 of the project, involving the extension of the marg beyond Talwandi Sabo to Takht Hazur Sahib, spanning the length of the country and symbolising the unity of the nation.
He directed state government officials to complete upgradation work of Phase 1.
The CM directed officials to prepare a design for the milestone and destination display board with information of the historic background of each site along the path.