Union Surface Transport and State Road Minister Nitin Gadkari has accepted the demand for greenfield connectivity from Nakodar in Punjab to Sultanpur Lodhi, Khadur Sahib via Amritsar as a part of Delhi-Amritsar Expressway. Along with this, Gadkari has also said that a signal free road will be made between Amritsar to Gurdaspur, so that people will have the option to proceed from Amritsar or via Kartarpur to go beyond Gurdaspur.
Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari announced this in a meeting organized through a video conferencing on Tuesday. Apart from Surface Transport Minister, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri were also present in the meeting.
At the meeting, Gadkari said that due to the creation of green field connectivity, not only there will be less distance to travel to Amritsar, but it will also take less time to visit Sultanpur Lodhi, Gobindwal, Khadur Sahib and Dera Nanak Kartarpur Sahib. He also said that after the construction of this expressway, there will be a saving of 4 hours in coming from Amritsar to Delhi International Airport whereas it takes 8 hours to arrive at present time, he further said that this was the old demand of the people of Punjab.
Significantly, the first phase of the project will cost 2500 crores and these roads are being constructed as Bharatmala Project. It should be noted that the allocation work for this roadway was done in the month of January itself, whereas currently, the land acquisition for this project is in progress.