Sukhbir calls on Gadkari, deadlines fixed for road projects
Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari on Friday fixed the deadlines for various major road projects in Punjab during a meeting with deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and asked the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to initiate the process to rechristen Banga-Garhsankhar-Anandpur Sahib road as a national highway (NH).
During the meeting held in New Delhi, Sukhbir discussed the status of various pending road projects in the state with the Union minister, including 4/6-laning of the Chandigarh-Kharar-Ludhiana section of NH-95, strengthening of the Amritsar bypass (NH-1) up to Attari border, maintenance of Rupnagar-Phagwara road, widening and strengthening of Banga-Garhshankar-Anandpur Sahib, elevated road project in Ludhiana from Samrala Chowk to Ludhiana MC limit (NH-95) and construction of five overbridges.
Badal informed Gadkari that the NHAI had re-submitted the proposal for the Chandigarh-Ludhiana road project to the ministry on March 26 after attending to all observations. On the request of the deputy CM, the Union minister asked the officers concerned to award construction work till July 31.
On the issue of widening and strengthening of Banga-Garhshankar-Anandpur Sahib road, Sukhbir stressed that this major road was connecting religious and historical towns of Anandpur Sahib in Punjab and Naina Devi in Himachal Pradesh, where devotees from all over India pay obeisance at sacred places throughout the year, especially during Navratras, Hola Mohalla and Baisakhi. The Punjab government has already submitted the proposal to widen this 60.94-km road at a cost of Rs 125 crore. The Union minister asked the NHAI chief engineer to submit the proposal at the earliest to declare this road as NH.
Gadkari also assured Sukhbir that work on the elevated road project of about 12.3 km in Ludhiana from Samrala Chowk to Ludhiana MC limit (NH-95) would also be awarded before September this year as the consultant would submit the DPR (detailed project report) to the NHAI by May 30.
Discussing the construction of new overbridges on various national highways in the state, including the one at Amritsar along with HBL over adjoining UBDC (Upper Bari Doab Canal), Faridkot, Kotkapura, Bathinda and Barnala at an approximate cost of Rs 250 crore, the deputy CM pleaded the Union minister to direct the bridge section of the Union ministry to construct all five overbridges during 2015-16. Gadkari assured to start construction at Amritsar and Bathinda overbridges by June as the DPR for both these projects have been submitted, whereas the remaining overbridges would be constructed after October.
Chandigarh, Union minister for road transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari on Friday fixed the deadlines for various major road projects in Punjab during a meeting with deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and asked the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to initiate the process to rechristen Banga-Garhsankhar-Anandpur Sahib road as a national highway (NH).