The Union government has approved eight highway projects worth Rs 6,000 crore for six states — Punjab, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Odisha.
The projects approved on Friday include construction of a partially access-controlled four-lane elevated highway between Samrala Chowk and the Ludhiana municipal limits on NH-95 in Punjab, at a cost of Rs 910 crore. Another project for Punjab pertains to a four-lane Laddowal bypass (linking NH-95 with NH-1 via Laddowal seed farm at Ludhiana) at a cost of Rs 444 crore.
With these approvals, the number of projects cleared by the Union road transport and highways ministry this month so far has swelled to 37 nationwide, entailing a total investment of about Rs 34,000 crore.
Two projects were on Friday approved for Jharkhand; one for Madhya Pradesh; and one each for Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Odisha.
No clearance is required for approval of these projects as their construction cost is less than Rs 1,000 crore, the limit fixed by the government recently for award of projects by the road transport and highways ministry.
The government plans to award most of these projects within this fiscal.