NHAI puts Rs 4,225-cr Punjab highway projects on fast track

Written by fe Bureau | Chandigarh | Updated: Jul 29 2010, 04:51am hrs
The major hurdles coming in the way of expeditious completion of the Rs 2,750-crore project of six-laning of Panipat-Jalandhar national highway was sorted out on Tuesday. Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal called on Birjeshwar Singh, chairman National Highway Authority of India.

Official sources said the state government and the NHAI have agreed to provide one exclusive entry and exit point for business city of Ludhiana and ensure completion of the project by June 2011. The meeting also decided to put all the four projects with a combined project cost of Rs 4,225 crore, including six-laning of Panipat Jalandhar Section of NH-1, four-laning of Jalandhar Dhilwan section of NH-1, four or six-laning of Kharar Ludhiana section of NH-95, four-laning of Ludhiana Talwandi section of NH-95 on fast track ensuring their early completion.

Accompanied by State PWD minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa, the deputy CM also had a detailed meeting with the NHAI chairman to sort out lingering issues coming in the way of early completion of various lifeline projects of Punjab.

A joint committee of chief general manager, NHAI Chandigarh and chief engineer National Highways, Punjab PWD was constituted to work out the solution for small obstacles coming in the way of smooth completion of this project. Singh assured Badal that the work of Ludhiana-Talwandi section would be allotted by September 2010 and for Kharar-Ludhiana section by January 2011.