ROAD infrastructure in Punjab is heading to get some facelift as decks have been cleared for seven road projects to be undertaken by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
The seven projects cleared included four-laning of Amritsar-Pathankot stretch on NH-15, six- laning of Chandigarh-Ludhiana stretch on NH-95, fourlaning of Ludhiana-Moga-Talwandi-Ferozepur stretch on NH-95, Jalandhar-Dhilwan section of NH-1, Section Desu Majra to Kurali of Chandigarh-Ropar-Kiratpur stretch on NH-21, six-laning of the Jalandhar-Panipat section and the stretch from Jalandhar to Wagha Border via Amritsa, NHAI chairman Jivtesh Singh Maini said.
Mr Maini also agreed to consider the proposal to extend the four laning of Ludhiana-Moga-Talwandi-Ferozepur stretch on NH-95 upto Hussainiwala keeping in view its historic importance. freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev belonged to this region.
He also promised to expedite the four laning of the Amritsar-Pathankot section on NH-15 provided the state government hastens the pace of land acquisition on the tract. Mr Maini informed the Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal that six laning of 68 Km of the Chandigarh-Ludhiana Road (NH-95) had been approved under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) phase-V by committee on infrastructure and the feasibility and Detailed Project Report (DPR) would be prepared by NHAI.
Mr Badal urged the NHAI chairman to extend the four laning of Chandigarh-Ropar-Kirtarpur Sahib road to Sri Anandpur Sahib, the later being an important religious tourist destination. He also assured full cooperation from the state government for an early execution of ongoing projects under NHDP in the state.
Mr.Badal pointed out that the six laning of Jalandhar to Wagha Border via Amritsar road now assumed far more importance in the wake of Indo-Pak’s decision to allow free movement of trucks through the border.