The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has approved the construction of the first phase of the Pathankot- Mandi four-lane project between Pathankot (Kandwal) and 32 miles in Kangra district.
Global bids for the first phase of the project were opened at the NHAI headquarters in New Delhi yesterday and the construction work of highway valuing Rs 1,002.11 crore were awarded to a Gurgaon-based construction company.
- The 219-km Pathankot-Mandi four-lane road is one of strategic road projects of the GoI which links Pathankot with Leh, Ladakh and other forward areas. Considering the defence requirements, the Centre wants to complete it early
- The NHAI has laid special stress on minimum cutting of hills
- The distance between Pathankot and Mandi will be reduced from 219 km to 171 km when the four-lane road is completed
A spokesman of the NHAI told The Tribune that the 90 per cent land for the first phase of the project had already been acquired, which was one of the conditions for the completion of the bidding process. The four-lane strategic project was hanging fire since long. The company concerned will take up the construction work soon.