After completion of the land acquisition process between Parwanoo and Solan for clearing the bottlenecks for the proposed four-laning, the authorities of the union ministry of road transport and national highway have started the process to acquire land between Solan and Waknaghat to four-lane the Kalka-Shimla National Highway.
The ministry has completed all the needed procedures to acquire the land for the proposed 25-km highway and had issued a notification under Section 3(D) of the National Highway Act.
Sources revealed that during the first phase of four-laning between Solan and Shimla, the union ministry had notified to acquire land of around 31 revenue villages between Solan and Waknaghat. Earlier, the ministry had proposed to covert the highway into four lanes up to Chambaghat, however later it was decided to convert the highway up to Shimla.
The ministry had prepared `2,730 crore detailed project report for four-laning up to Solan. Now, a fresh detailed project report of `70\0 crore has been prepared for four-laning the highway between Solan and Shimla.
Sources revealed that during the initial phase of the project, the land of Ser Khas, Ber ki Ser, Dadhog, Padag, Jarai, Kodon, Dawansi, Kathog Salogra, Mansar and Mathia of Solan tehsil, while Sanech, Padotha Ded Ghart, Dolag, Sirinagar, Selhari, Deon, Anji, Chihra, Damyari, Tikri, Kot, Kayari, Wakna, Bisha, Dihari, Katoh, Kathali, Shugal and Kathyad of Kandaghat tehsil of Solan district would be acquired.
Sources added that though various encroachments between Parwanoo and Solan had been identified, a three-member committee headed by sub-divisional magistrate would be constituted for identification of new encroachments, if any, and for suggesting the site specific measures for removal of these encroachments.
In order to prevent ribbon development and also smooth flow and safety of vehicular traffic on four-laned road, the Himachal government would come out with a regulation, where construction could be regulated. Currently, the controlled width is only 5 m from the edge of the highway, which may be incresed up to 10 to 15 m.
Confirming this, land acquisition officer-cum-Solan sub-divisional magistrate Tashi Sundup said shortly after the government's order, the needed process was started, adding that the land owners have been asked to submit the estimated cost of their land to be acquired for four-laning.