Amritsar, August 1
Rajya Sabha MP Shwait Malik recently met Union Minister for Road Transport and Highway Nitin Gadkari and urged him to direct officials to expedite the work of the eight-lane Amritsar-Delhi-Katra express highway.
The MP said by April 2018, the land for the express highway would be acquired. He added that it would become India’s first longest express highway.
Malik said the six-lane Delhi-Amritsar national highway was further extending from Jalandhar to Dhilwan (Beas).
“Amritsar is one of the major tourist destinations in the country. A large number of tourists visit the city. Amritsar has its own international airport that connects the city to other parts of the world. Passengers from Punjab, Himachal and Jammu and Kashmir prefer to take flights from the Amritsar airport,” the MP added.
“Traffic congestion on the Dhilwan-Amritsar road causes inconvenience to the passengers. For a safe and hassle-free journey, the road from the Beas to Attari needs to be six lane for the smooth flow of traffic,” Malik added.
He sought the minister’s intervention for upgrade of the Dhilwan-Amritsar highway.
Mailk thanked the minister for sanctioning some important projects for Punjab such as the Amritsar-Delhi expressway via Moga-Barnala-Jind. After the completion of the project, the distance between Amritsar and Delhi would reduce by 130 km, he said. Commuters could reach Delhi within four hours, the MP added.
He brought other projects running in the state, which need to be expedited, to the notice of the minister. These projects are the Jalandhar-Dhilwan section, Amritsar-Tarn Taran to Bathinda stretch and strengthening of the Amritsar bypass.