The inter-state road connectivity of Punjab with Haryana will get a boost as The Central government has sanctioned Rs 2000 crore for upgrading the Jalandhar-Barnala road.
The project would include widening of the National Highway- 71, a 307 km long road from Jalandhar to Rewari district in Haryana.
Also four laning of 146 km long road from local Jyoti Chowk in Jalandhar to Barnala city has been included in the project. It would cross various towns including Nakodar, Shahkot, Dharmkot (Moga district), Moga city, Badhni Kalan and Barnala city.
The project report has been sent to chief secretary for issuance of preliminary notification into general public regarding under section 3 (a) of Land Acquisition Act. The project which includes four big bypass roads, nine small bypass, six flyovers, 16 pedestrians underpass, seven vehicular underpass at railway crossings and three railway over bridges.
The Public works department (building and road) will be the executing agency of this project.
The project has been already passed by the central government and it will be built on Built Operate Transfer.
The PWD would have the right to charge toll tax for the next 29 years. Two toll plazas will be constructed for which, locations are yet to be decided.
The project would start on October 1, 2014 and March 28, 2017 has been set as its deadline.
With this project, the Jalandhar city would get two more flyovers. The first flyover has been proposed at Guru Ravidass Chowk and second at Bhagat Kabir Chowk (Wadala Chowk), falling into limit of Municipal Corporation.
Four bypass roads in Jalandhar division including at Gahir village, Nakodar, Malsiyan, Shahkot will be carved out for which, the land is also available as per officials.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, sub-divisional officer (central works division) Parshotam Lal said that project file has been sent to chief secretary for issuance of general notification after which land acquisition would start. He said that file have also been sent to forest department for its clearance and powercom to remove hundreds of electric transformers and thousands of electric poles falling on the road.
He further said that as soon as all the formalities would be completed, tender would be invited. Divisional forest officer (Jalandhar) Vishal Chauhan said that forest department has not received any file as of now.