The six-laning of 470 km Delhi-Amritsar National Highway 1 which was scheduled to be completed by May this year has been delayed as the construction company has sought time till November 30.
Satish Chandra, member, Finance of National Highway Authority of India said on Sunday, “Construction work in front of Jalandhar cantt and Phagwara has been delinked from the schedule due to shifting of army structure, including its boundary wall in Jalandhar and the increase in the length of elevation portion of the flyover in Phagwara. This stretch will now be completed by May 2016. Most of the construction work from Jalandhar to Phagwara has been completed.”
Replying to a question regarding the suspension of work on 20 km Jalandhar-Dhilwan stretch of highway by the contractor since last four months, Chandra said, the contractor has agreed to restart work within a fortnight as the work was suspended due to approval for pavement design.
The contractor wants to adopt new technology and approval would be given soon and this stretch would be completed by March 2016.
Speaking about the national highways network in Punjab, Chandra said, six-laning of Chandigarh–Kharar section would be completed within two-and-a-half years as tenders would be invited in August and work would be awarded by the end of September.
On six-laning of Kharar–Ludhiana section, work would be awarded by the end of October and construction would be completed within two-and-half years.
On the four-laning of Ropar-Phagwara section, Chandra said, road has been given to NHAI in February this year and the detailed project is under preparation and the work would be allotted by the end of November.
Meanwhile, NHAI is repairing the road at the cost of Rs 17 crore.
On elevated corridor from Samrala chowk to Punjab Agriculture University within Ludhiana, Chandra said this portion was handed over to NHAI in February and work would be awarded by November.
He said tenders for Rs 380 crore on improvement in Amritsar by-pass has been invited for August 10 and work would be awarded by September 15.
He disclosed that seven major flyovers would be constructed on this by-pass from Amritsar-Jalandhar upto Attari border.
The work on Ludhiana–Talwandi section which was suspended by the concessionaire has been restarted and would be completed by May 2016.