NEW DELHI: By 2023 Diwali, folks can journey by highway from Delhi to Katra (Maa Vaishno Devi) by way of Amritsar in lower than seven hours. The Nationwide Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has floated bids for the primary 160 km out of the 634-km greenfield expressway undertaking, which is able to take off from the Kundli Manesar Palwal (KMP) close to Bahadurgarh.
The four-lane expressway might be constructed with an funding of roughly Rs 35,000 crore. Union highways minister Nitin Gadkari has mentioned the development will begin by December finish.
The undertaking has been deliberate in a fashion that the expressway will be expanded to six-lane in future. “The four-lane plan has been authorised contemplating the estimated visitors on this stretch. It’s estimated that the every day visitors could be round 26,641 passenger automotive items (PCUs) after completion and the rise by 2026-27 is projected round 30,840 PCUs,” mentioned an NHAI official.
Although the greenfield expressway will cut back the space between Delhi and Katra by solely 40 km, the overall journey time will cut back drastically from the current nearly 11 hours as the complete hall might be sign free and automobiles might be allowed to run at 120 kmph. “One would have the ability to attain Amritsar from Delhi in Four to 4.5 hours and Katra in 6 to six.5 hours,” mentioned the NHAI official.
The expressway undertaking has been authorised contemplating that the prevailing Delhi–Jalandhar part of NH-44, connecting the economic and spiritual centres in Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, which has been widened to six-lanes, is more likely to breach its capability by 2028. Widening of this hall for enhancing the effectivity isn’t potential because of steady ribbon improvement alongside the prevailing NH.
The expressway will present shortest connectivity to essential Sikh spiritual shrines at Sultanpur Lodhi, Goindwal Sahib, Khadoor Sahib, Tarn Taran and the lately developed Dera Baba Nanak/ Kartarpur Sahib Worldwide hall in Punjab.
Supply mentioned the NHAI will assemble two cable stayed bridges of two lanes every on Beas river in Goindwal in Punjab, which is a dolphin sanctuary. “The 2 parallel cable-stayed bridges of 700 metres have been deliberate to make sure that the dolphin sanctuary isn’t affected in any respect. We have now deliberate a viewing gallery which might be constructed by connecting the parallel bridges,” mentioned one other NHAI official.
Delhi-Amritsar-Katra is without doubt one of the six greenfield expressways recognized for improvement below Bharatmala Pariyojna phase-I and has been included within the checklist of 22 greenfield corridors within the final funds announcement.



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