Minister of state for health and family welfare Santosh Chowdhary inaugurated the four-laning project of the Bhogpur-Mukerian section of National Highway-1A near Tanda on Saturday.
The project has been completed at a cost of Rs 359.96 crore. It consists of 44 km main road, 22 km service roads, 24 bus lay byes, 8 truck lay byes, 5 major bridges, 26 minor bridges, one steel bridge, 7 underpasses and 63 culverts.
National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) chief general manager Dev Raj revealed that with the completion of the stretch, the entire length of the highway from Jalandhar to Jammu had become a four-laned carriageway.
Speaking on the occasion, Chowdhary said that four- laning of the road would not only save time of commuters but also minimise the risk of accidents. The inaugural function, however, was a lacklustre affair. Sources revealed that either union road transport minister Sarvey Sathyanarayana or minister of state Tushar A Chaudhary could have arrived for the inauguration but the state health minister, who is the local MP, was not too keen on that.
Even local Congress MLA Sangat Singh Gilzian and district Congress president Sunder Sham Arora were conspicuous by their absence.