In a series of tweets, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari informed that the project to build a six-lane, access-controlled greenfield highway from the Rajasthan/Gujarat border to the Santalpur section of NH-754A is in full progress.
The project is part of the Amritsar-Jamnagar Economic Corridor that was launched under Bharatmala Pariyojana.
The stretch is being developed at a project cost of Rs. 2,030 crore. Once the project is completed, the travel time within this section will reduce by 2 hours and the travel distance by 60 Km.
Gadkari added that reducing pollution level, and median and avenue plantations throughout the stretch would enrich the ecosystem and boost SDGs. The stretch would facilitate easy movement of the armed forces and military vehicles, as it is closer to Indo-Pak Border, he added.
The flagship 1,224 kilometres long Amritsar - Bhatinda - Jamnagar Corridor is being developed by the NHAI at a total capital cost of Rs 26,000 crore and is expected to be completed by September 2023.
Around 915 km of the corridor is based on greenfield alignment, while the rest is being built by upgrading existing national highways.
The corridor will connect the economic towns of Bhatinda, Amritsar, Sangaria, Bikaner, Sanchore, Jamnagar and Samakhiyali across the four states of Punjab, Gujarat, Haryana and Rajasthan.
The corridor will link the northern industrial as well as agricultural centres of the country with the key ports of western India, such as Kandla and Jamnagar. The corridor, when complete, is expected to give a boost to the industrial belt of Baddi, Bhatinda and Ludhiana through spurs as well as the state of Jammu and Kashmir through the Delhi - Amritsar - Katra Expressway.
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