Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of three highway projects, stretching over 341 km and costing `13,802 crore at the Rajiv Gandhi Education City, Rai, in Sonepat district on Thursday.
These projects are western peripheral expressway, eastern peripheral expressway and eight-laning of highway section from Mukarba Chowk (Delhi) to Panipat.
An official release said that Union minister for road transport and highways and shipping Nitin Gadkari, Union minister for rural development and panchayati raj, Birender Singh, Union minister for science and technology Harsh Vardhan, Union minister of state for external affairs Gen V K Singh, Union minister of state for planning and defence Rao Inderjit Singh, Union minister of state for culture, tourism and civil aviation Mahesh Sharma, minister of state for road transport and highways and shipping Radhakrishnan P, Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Krishan Pal will also attend the event.
About 136-km Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) expressway, also known as western peripheral expressway, project would provide high-speed link to northern Haryana with its southern districts like Gurgaon, Faridabad and Palwal.
The project spanning five districts of Sonepat, Jhajjar, Gurgaon, Mewat and Palwal would be completed at a total cost of `4,000 crore and would help in de-congestion of national capital territory (NCT) of Delhi as the traffic from the northern parts of the country destined to other regions would not need to pass through this area, thus reducing pollution tremendously, the release added.
Abhimanyu meets agitating farmers
Rohtak: In the wake of farmers’ threat to hold a protest during Modi’s visit in Sonepat on Thursday, Haryana finance minister Capt Abhimanyu held a meeting with their representatives at Sonepat on Thursday.
During a closed-door meeting, Abhimanyu assured the farmers that the state government would look into their demand for hike in compensation for acquisition of their land for the road projects in the region.
The finance invited them at his Chandigarh office on November 17 for further talks.
The farmers, led by BKU (Ambawata) state president Shamsher Singh Dahiya and Bhartiya Kisan Sangh state general secretary Virender Singh, said that before the elections, the BJP leaders had promised to accept their demand for hike in compensation if voted to power, but now they had turned back towards the farmers.