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Capt Amarinder seeks inclusion of 13 road projects in Bharatmala Pariyojna

Capt Amarinder seeks inclusion of 13 road projects in Bharatmala Pariyojna

 May 16, 2018

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has sought the inclusion of thirteen road projects across the state in the ''Bharatmala Pariyojna'', besides declaration of seven new road projects as national highways. Bharatmala Pariyojana is a centrally-sponsored scheme for funding road and highways projects.

The Chief Minister has written to Union Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari, seeking his intervention in the matter to facilitate better connectivity and smooth commute for the people.

He has requested Gadkari for construction of flyover in Bhawanigarh town on NH-64, at a cost of Rs 250 crore, expedited. The Patiala-Bathinda section of NH-64, with a length of 176 km, had been recently four-laned and toll was being collected by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), he pointed out, adding that the flyover would help avert traffic snarls and road accidents in the thickly populated Bhawanigarh city.

In his letter, Capt Amarinder Singh also raised the issue of connectivity of the industrial city of Mandi Gobindgarh with the economic corridor, at a cost of Rs 800 crore. The central government is developing Economic Corridors, Inter Corridors and Feeder routes under its Bharatmala Pariyojana. In the State of Punjab, the Economic Corridor of “Ajmer-Ludhiana”, passing through Malerkotala-Sangrur-Sunam-Moonak, has been approved. Connecting Mandi-Gobindgarh to this corridor would give a fillip to its Steel Industry, said the Chief Minister, suggesting that the direct connectivity be provided near Sangrur through a Feeder Route via Amloh-Babarpur-Chhintanwala-Bhalwan.

He also demanded improvement of the junction at the start of the Patiala bypass by constructing a flyover to resolve the traffic problem at a cost of Rs 25 crore, besides strengthening the bypassed sections of the National Highways NH-64 in Patiala city at cost of Rs 60 crore.

The Chief Minister has also urged the Union Minister to hand over implementation of 4-laning projects of national highways in the state to PWD (B&R), which had the necessary experience for the task. (UNI)

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