Giving major boost to the road infrastructure development in Doaba region with few months left for the assembly polls in the state, Union road and transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday admitted to fulfil each and every demand raised by the local SAD-BJP leaders.
Doaba remained the biggest gainer of the Union minister’s visit as the new projects announced by him such as new national highways including the first of its kind expressway in North India between Delhi-Amritsar-Katra via Jind-Barnala-Moga-Jalandhar and a new national highway between Jalandhar-Ajmair to provide better business connectivity to businessman of the region with Mumbai, are likely to give a fillip to the connectivity of the region.
The minister also laid the foundation stone of a four-lane project of Jalandhar-Barnala road, which includes a 145-km stretch mainly in three districts of Jalandhar, Moga and Barnala. The project is divided into four parts from Lambra to Shahkot section with a total length of 33.28 km including Nakodar and Shahkot bypass in the cost of Rs 847.02 crore.
The project further included four-laning of Shahkot-Moga section of NH 703 in a cost of Rs 766.36 crore upto 32.45 km, a bypass at Dharmkot in Moga. From Moga to Tallewal section, the four-laning road would include 38.65 km in the cost of Rs 904.82 crore.
Gadkari further announced that the four-laning of 39.125-km long Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur road would be done in Rs 1,069 crore and the project would be completed in next 24 months. A 4.81-km bypass would be constructed at Hoshiarpur besides a flyover at Adampur with two major and five minor bridges.
As per officials, this road would not only provide traffic free travel to commuters between major cities of the state, but also to the commuters of adjoining states of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. The work on these projects would start in full swing as the deadline to complete the projects has been fixed in coming two years.
Sampla gets four-lanning of Hoshiapur-Phagwara road
On the demand raised by state BJP chief and Union minister of state Vijay Sampla, the Union road and transport minister announced four-laning of Hoshiapur-Phagwara road on which around Rs 1,000 crore would be spent. Gadkari also directed the officials to prepare the detailed project report about this project and announced to start the work by January next year.
On the controversial issue of raising a flyover on Phagwara on National Highway-1 which has become an issue of contention between Sampla and local BJP MLA Som Parkash, Gadkari said the flyover would come up as desired by Sampla. Notably, the work over this flyover has not been started following opposition by the local MLA who wants normal flyover in the segment whereas Sampla desires an elevated road.
Two railway over bridges in Kalia’s constituency
Gadkari further announced two railway over bridges (RoBs) at Dakoha and Dhanowali. These two RoBs were in the long pending demands of the locals as in the absence of these bridges, a lot of time is wasted at railway crossings on the busy Delhi-Pathankot railway routes.
Kalia said the Union minister has assured that these two projects would be completed in record time.