PIDB approves 4-lane project on Jalandhar-Kapurthala highway

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Sep 22, 2016 13:59 IST
(Right to left) Deputy commissioner KK Yadav, mayor Sunil Jyoti and commissioner GS Khaira in Jalandhar on Wednesday. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

The Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) has finally given approval to the four-lane project on a 2-km portion of the Jalandhar-Kapurthala highway at Basti Bawa Khel.

Additional deputy commissioner Girish Dayalan and deputy commissioner Kamal Kishore Yadav, who had come to the MC office, confirmed the development on Wednesday.

“I have just received a confirmation from the PIDB that it has approved the project and it will release `8 crore for the work in the area,” said Girish Dayalan.

The deputy commissioner affirmed that now there would be no roadblocks in carrying out the work on the Jalandhar-Kapurthala road stretch that has been lying incomplete for more than a year. “The work in the area will start from tomorrow as there will be no further delay,” said Yadav.

Yadav informed mayor Sunil Jyoti and municipal commissioner GS Khaira, who were sitting by his side, that he will soon release Rs 2 crore for starting the work in the area.

Authorities said that work in the area will be complete in three months.

The project had been facing roadblock for the past two months after Major General Vikram Bhatt, technical adviser to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, questioned the MC plan in including the four-lane project under the Urban Rural Regeneration Mission even when the stretch belonged to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).

It is to be mentioned that this was not the first time that the project had faced hurdles. Only after some weeks when the foundation stone for the elevated road project was laid in February 2014 by Sukhbir Singh Badal, local shopkeepers had raised objection stating that the project will affect their business.

Considering the high cost of the elevated road project and resistance of the locals in the area, the project was changed to four-lane project.

The municipal corporation had submitted an estimate of `8 crore to the PIDB to carrying out the road project.

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