The Union cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday approved three highway projects worth Rs 5,965 crore, in its meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. These include the Aurangabad-Telwadi section of National Highway (NH)-211 in Maharashtra, the Angul-Sambalpur section of NH-42 (New NH-55) in Odisha, and the Phagwara-Rupnagar section of NH-344A in Punjab.
The estimated cost of four-laning of the Aurangabad-Telwadi section (87 km) is Rs 2,029 crore, including cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation, according to a spokesperson of teh ministry of road transport and highways. It would generate employment potential of 3.5 lakh person-days. The project in Odisha (151 km) will be taken up at a cost of Rs 2,492 crore, and generate over 6 lakh person-days of work.
In Punjab, the 81km four-laning will be done at an estimated cost of Rs 1,444 crore, generating 3.3 lakh person-days of work. This road will join Phagwara with Rupnagar via Nawashahir and be the fastest route to Amritsar from Chandigarh.
Modi on Wednesday said the CCEA approval of road projects in Odisha and Punjab will help improve the infrastructure and connectivity in these states.
(with ANi inputs)