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4-laning of Jalandhar-Kapurthala road moving at a snail’s pace

punjab Updated: Aug 29, 2016 13:28 IST
Harvinder Kaur

The Jalandhar-Kapurthala road in a dilapidated condition at Basti Bawa Khel. This stretch is to be converted into a four-lane road. (Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)

Although the Jalandhar municipal corporation (MC) had claimed to complete a four-lane road at Basti Bawa Khel area by the first week of December this year, it will be challenging for the civic body to keep the promise as road carpeting is yet to begin.

Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had laid the foundation stone for an elevated road project in the area in February 2014.

It has been facing several roadblocks since then — the latest is getting clearance from the Punjab Infrastructure Development Authority (PIDB).

MC officials said though the road project has got clearance from the local government department, it is yet to get the green signal from the PIDB, the body that will take a final call on releasing the funds under the Urban Rural Regeneration Mission.

About two months back, Major General VK Bhatt, technical adviser to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, had questioned the plan to fund the project under the Urban Rural Regeneration Mission, although the stretch belongs to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).

The Rs 6.8-crore elevated project was converted into a four-laning project after protests by traders in the area. On August 6, Jalandhar West MLA Chunni Lal along with mayor Sunil Jyoti laid the foundation for the project and announced the work will start in two to three days.

Due to the delay in work, commuters are having a tough time. Though the route has been opened even for heavy traffic after remaining closed for a year, it is difficult to use the road because of potholes.

At present, the MC has deputed staff for preparing the ground for road construction.