Punjab witnessed a major step towards world class road connectivity in all major cities as Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways & Shipping Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stones of 12 major National Highway projects worth Rs 10,596.19 crore at Ropar, Samrala and Jalandhar in the state. These road projects mainly include four-laning of Jalandhar-Barnala, Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur, Ropar-Phagwara, Kharar-Kurali, Chandigarh-Kharar, Kharar-Ludhiana roads besides an elevated road in Ludhiana city.
The projects will provide world-class road connectivity to commuters between Doaba and Malwa along with adjoining Haryana and Himachal Pradesh in the next two years. Chandigarh would also be connected with four-lane roads with all major cities like Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana.
Addressing the gathering at the foundation stone laying ceremony at Ropar, Gadkari announced the sanction of (1) 313 km-long new National Highways in Punjab, (2) Jalandhar to Ajmer for Mumbai 4/6 lane 580-km long National Highway worth Rs 8,000 crore and (3)Delhi -Amritsar- Katra Expressway worth Rs 60,000 crore reducing117 km distance which at present is 732 km. The minister said that 22 km of roads/day are being constructed, as compared to 2 km per day during the time of the previous government. Gadkari assured that “funds will be no problem” to ensure all-round development and progress of Punjab.