PM to lay foundation stone of Rs 39,500 cr Delhi-Katra Expressway tomorrow


Challenge will join key non secular websites, financial centres

Journey time to be halved, 4 States/UTs to learn

JAMMU, Jan 3: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay basis stone of Rs 39,500 crore value Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway, which is able to join 5 key non secular websites, at Ferozepur in Punjab on January 5.
He’ll lay basis stone of many different tasks totalling Rs 42,750 crore, an official assertion launched at this time mentioned.
The Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway can have a complete size of 669 kilometres and might be developed at a complete price of about Rs 39,500 crore.
“The Expressway will halve journey time from Delhi to Amritsar and Delhi to Katra,” the assertion mentioned.
It added that the Greenfield Expressway will join key Sikh non secular websites at Sultanpur Lodhi, Goindwal Sahib, Khadoor Sahib, Tarn Taran and holy Hindu shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji.
“The Expressway will even join key financial centres like Ambala, Chandigarh, Mohali, Sangrur, Patiala, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Kathua and Samba in 4 States/Union Territories of Haryana, Chandigarh, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir, the assertion mentioned.
The Expressway will scale back the space between Delhi to Amritsar/Katra by about 40 km and allow the commuters to journey from Delhi to Amritsar inside 4 to 4½ hours and Delhi to Katra inside 6 to 6½ hours, sources mentioned.
The Authorities assertion didn’t point out timeline for completion of the Expressway.
Nationwide Highways Authority of India, MoRT&H, Authorities of India had floated the e-tenders for the distinguished Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway stretch from Balsua in district Pathankot, Punjab to Satwari as much as 4th Tawi Bridge within the Jammu Metropolis in Could final yr.
The overall size of this stretch was 97 kilometres and estimated price Rs 5495 crore. The development interval was focused to be accomplished by 2024.
The Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway might be full entry managed and an environmental pleasant Expressway with deliberate cowl of about 10 lakh bushes to enhance carbon footprints. Entry and exit from the Expressway deliberate at designated interchanges on all Nationwide Highways and main State Highways intersecting the Expressway. For consolation of the highway person, 40 wayside Facilities together with seven in J&Ok might be constructed.
In Haryana, 160 km of the entire Expressway passes by the State and the part is being constructed at a price of greater than Rs 10,400 crore with contracts for 130 km already awarded.
Sources mentioned the pilgrims visiting holy cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi Ji might be main beneficiaries with building of Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway particularly these travelling by highway from Northern Indian States/Union Territories of New Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh because the Expressway will sharply scale back journey time.
The Expressway, as per the sources, will even profit not solely Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrims however different travellers like vacationers of Jammu and Kashmir, these on industrial and different visits and customary passengers.
After completion of Jammu-Srinagar Nationwide Freeway, the travellers might be additional benefitted with New Delhi-Srinagar journey hardly taking time of roughly 11 hours.
Different main tasks whose basis stone will even be laid by the Prime Minister on January 5 at Ferozepur embody 4 laning of Amritsar – Una part; Mukerian – Talwara New Broad Gauge railway line; PGI Satellite tv for pc Centre at Ferozepur and two new Medical Faculties at Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur.
The four-laning of Amritsar – Una part might be completed at the price of round Rs 1700 crore. The 77 kilometre lengthy part is a part of the bigger Amritsar to Bhota Hall spanning throughout the longitudinal expanse of Northern Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, connecting 4 main Nationwide Highways, specifically Amritsar-Bhatinda-Jamnagar Financial Hall, Delhi–Amritsar–Katra Expressway, North-South Hall and Kangra-Hamirpur-Bilaspur-Shimla Hall. It would assist in enhancing the connectivity of spiritual websites at Ghoman, Shri Hargobindpur and Pulpukta City (dwelling to the well-known Gurudwara Pulpukta Sahib).