The Centre on Tuesday approved major road projects for Punjab that included four-laning of Patiala-Bathinda road and 94-km stretch from Sangrur to Khanouri up to Haryana border.
This was decided at a high-level meeting held between union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari and Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal in Delhi, a spokesman here said.
The Patiala-Bathinda highway would be accomplished in three stages -- from Patiala bypass to Sangrur bypass, then Sangrur to Barnala and finally up to Bathinda. This would cost Rs 1,238 crore to complete a total 128-km stretch on National Highway-64.
Sukhbir also sought the union minister's approval for including the 12-km stretch in the Ludhiana municipal limit from Samrala Chowk in the ongoing project of four/sixlaning of Chandigarh to Samrala Chowk road.
There were also deliberations on the other proposed projects like developing the bypass of main cities like Amritsar and Ludhiana and the widening of other highways, the spokesman added.