Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday said union minister of road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari had assured him of approving, upgrading and constructing various national highways and other roads in the state at a cost of Rs 5,000 crore.
Sukhbir said the minister also promised to initiate pending road projects after meeting senior officials and the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) at the earliest.
Sukhbir called on Gadkari in New Delhi and discussed the pendency of road projects vis-à-vis pending wildlife clearances with the ministry of environment and forests.
The deputy chief minister requested the minister that the Phagwara-Rupnagar national highway also be considered for four-laning under the NHDP for facilitating the traffic, fostering agricultural development and providing high-speed link to the state capital.
He informed the minister that traffic on the road had increased manifold and with the upcoming of the international airport at SAS Nagar, traffic on the road was expected to increase further.
Sukhbir said that after hearing the demands, Gadkari assured him that the union ministry would clear the projects at the earliest. Sukhbir said he had also asked Gadkari to consider the Ring Road project around Ludhiana city.