Centre accepts CM’s proposal to convert Punjab stretch of Delhi-Amrtisar-Katra expressway to Greenfield project

Acceding to the Punjab Government’s proposal to convert the Punjab stretch of the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra expressway to a greenfield project, the Centre, on Tuesday, agreed by providing a direct spur from Nakodar, onward to the five historic towns of Sultanpur Lodhi, Goindwal Sahib, Khadoor Sahib and Tarn Taran, leading up to Amritsar, a press release by the state government read.

The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways of India, Nitin Gadkari, conveyed this to Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh during a video-conference on Tuesday afternoon.

Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had earlier raised the issue with the Centre, after local citizens and their representatives expressed concern over the project’s failure to connect the religious and historical towns of Sultanpur Lodhi, Goindwal Sahib, Tarn Taran.

Also, the original proposal of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) had entailed widening of the existing GT Road from Kartarpur to Amritsar as Brownfield project, which was proving expensive as it would involve major demolitions due to land acquisition.

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