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Kiratpur-Manali expressway gets central nod: Virbhadra

IANS  Shimla, May 10, 2013
First Published: 17:34 IST(10/5/2013) | Last Updated: 17:35 IST(10/5/2013)

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Friday said the construction of a Rs. 2,300-crore four-lane super expressway from Kiratpur in Punjab to the picturesque tourist resort Manali on the existing NH-21 in the state would start soon.

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The ministry of environment and forests has given approval to the state's proposal for acquiring 75 hectares of forest land in Bilaspur district for the road construction, he said.

IL&FS Engineering and Construction Company Ltd is constructing the project.

The CM said the state has begun the land acquisition process.

Officials said the Kiratpur-Manali four-lane expressway, which is presently in poor condition, would reduce the travelling time by up to two hours owing to less traffic jams and snarls.

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