Jalandhar: Eying Punjab Assembly Elections, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday gave the much needed push to the ‘trade and industrial corridor’ in the state and announced an expressway between Delhi-Amritsar-Katra and an industrial corridor between Jalandhar and Ajmer.
While the foundation stone of Rs 60,000 crore expressway between Delhi-Amritsar-Katra would be announced in January next year, the travel time from the industrial corridor between Jalandhar-Ajmer would be reduced from two-days to five hours only.
The Jalandhar-Ajmer industrial corridor would be connected to Ajmer-Mumbai National Highway, hence providing a fast road network with the financial capital of the country, the minister said.
The Union Minister said that the Jalandhar-Ajmer expressway industrial corridor would run between Jalandhar, Moga, Bathinda, Sardarshehar, Kishengarh and Ajmer. “This would reduce the travelling time between Jalandhar and Ajmer from two days to five hours only. Industry in Punjab was growing and Jalandhar was an important industrial hub, which would now be connected to Mumbai”, he said.
Gadkari highlighted that the Delhi -Katra highway would run between Delhi, Jind, Barnala, Moga, Amritsar and Katra. “With this the travelling distance between Delhi and Katra would be reduced from 730 kms to 612 kms and the travelling distance between Delhi and Amritsar would be reduced from 7 hours to 2.5 hours only”, he added.
Talking to the media, Gadkari said that the Ministry was also mulling the proposal of setting up ‘Dry Ports’ in Punjab. “Punjab was not connected through sea route. We have decided to set up ‘Dry Ports’ to give boost to trade in North India”, he said.
Apart from this, the Union Minister also mentioned the setting up of atleast five to seven ‘Logistics Park’ in Punjab, which was meant for loading and unloading of goods through trucks. “Besides, the ministry was also planning to modernize some of the bus stands in Punjab on the lines of the hi-tech domestic airports in the country”, he said.
Answering a query pertaining to massive cutting of trees for the expressway and four/six laning of highways, Gadkari said that the ministry would be hiring 2000 contractors to plant as many as 5000 crore plants along the highways.
Earlier, Gadkari accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla laid the foundation stone of ‘six four-laning projects’ and a new road between Garshankar and Hoshiarpur worth Rs 11000 crores.
These projects included Four laning of Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur section NH-70 at a cost of Rs 1069.59, four laning of Lambra-Shahkot section of NH-71 at a cost of Rs 847 crore and four laning of Shahkot-Moga section of NH-71 at a cost of Rs 766.36 crore.
In his address, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari took a dig at the Aam Admi Party (AAP) without mentioning its name. He said, “Jo party khud ko nahi sambhal sakti, wo state ko kya sambhalegi.”
On Congress, Gadkari said that ask congress to highlight its achievements and they have none to count. “It is only under the rule of the BJP government that road projects worth over Rs 11,000 crore was launched today. Earlier, Rs 18,000 crore project was launched in Bathinda and the work on them has started”, he said.
Gadkari lauded the leadership of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and said that a stable SAD-BJP was required in the state to witness development. “It is you (audience) who brought BJP government at the centre and we owe this development to you. We will continue to shower more money in Punjab for development”, he added.
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