Union minister of road and national highways Nitin Gadkari on Monday announced the sanctioning of three additional underpasses to provide alternative pathways for Sectors located along the national highway-22.
As reported by HT on Saturday, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar wrote a letter to the Union minister Gadkari to apprise him that since Panchkula city is located on the Zirakpur-Shimla highway (NH-22), the lone underpass constructed to serve the internal traffic of Sectors 20 and 21 is inadequate and unable to accommodate the daily traffic volume. Even Sector 12A and 12 residents face difficulty in entering these sectors
As Gadkari came to lay foundation stone at Pinjore-Baddi bypass on Monday, chief minister Khattar again raised the demand during his address at a function near HMT factory in presence of Panchkula MLA Gian Chand Gupta.
Union minister said that his ministry had approved the project and construction will begin soon.
Estimates will be prepared soon: NHAI official
Haryana’s PWD department has already sent a proposal to National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) seeking Rs 65 crore budget sanction for the project in which two underpasses have been proposed; one connecting Sectors 12-A and 20 and the other connecting Sectors 12 and 21. There is also a proposal to provide another underpass at the intersection road of Sector 20 and 21 which will further connect to the road passing through Punjab area to Mohali airport.
NHAI’s project director, posted in Panchkula, OC Mathur said that in light of minister’s sanction, his department will soon prepare the estimates for the project and get them approved from the department at the earliest.
Panchkula MLA Gian Chand Gupta said that he will make sure that the construction begins soon.
He said that ever since the highway was four-laned in 2006, the residents living in these sectors have suffered the worst since they have been given only one underpass to commute to and fro, causing massive traffic jams throughout the day. “More than 40,000 people live in these areas, and will be soon relieved with the construction of the new underpasses that will be done by extending the existing flyover,” said Gupta.