New Delhi, July 15:Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs minister Nitin Gadkari flagged off highways projects worth about Rs 20,000 crore. He laid the foundation stones of these projects as part of a new economic corridor in Haryana through a webcast.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi has conceived Rs 100 lakh crore worth of infrastructure development towards achieving the five trillion economy," the minister said.
The projects inaugurated include the 35.45 km 4-lane Rohna/Hasangarh to Jhajjar section of NH 334B costing Rs 1183 crore, the 70 km 4-laning of Punjab-Haryana Border to Jind section of NH 71 costing Rs 857 crore, and the 85.36 km 2-lane with paved shoulders Jind-Karnal Highway on NH 709 costing Rs 200 crore.
In addition to these projects, foundation stones were laid for projects including:
- The 227 km 6-lane access controlled Greenfield expressway from Ismailpur to Narnaul on NH 152D in 8 packages costing Rs 8650 crore.
- The 46 km 4-lane Gurugram Pataudi-Rewari section of NH 352W costing Rs 1524 crore.
- The 14.4 km 4-lane Rewari Byepass costing Rs 928 crore, the 30.45 km 4-lane Rewari-Ateli Mandi section of NH 11 costing Rs 1057 crore.
- The 40.8 km 6-lane Narnaul Byepass on NH 148B, NH 11 and Narnaul to Ateli Mandi section of NH 11 costing Rs 1380 crore.
- The 40.6 km 4-lane Jind-Gohana (Pkg 1, Greenfield alignment) of NH 352A costing Rs 1207 crore.
- The 38.23 km 4-lane Gohana-Sonipat section of NH 352A costing Rs 1502 crore.
- The 40.47 km 4-lane UP-Haryana Border to Roha on NH 334B costing Rs 1509 crore among others
"These projects will benefit people of Haryana in a big way by providing smooth connectivity within the State, as well as to other states like Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh," the minister stated. These important projects will decongest big cities reducing travel time. It will take about 2 hrs to reach Delhi Airport from Chandigarh against 4 hrs now. The projects will also save on time, fuel, and cost, as also boost development in backward areas of the State.
Further, he stated, "Two lakh crore worth of works will be completed in the first two years of this government," adding that people in the state should consider adopting crops for bio fuels, which has the capacity to improve their all-round life. This will result in generating employment opportunities within the village which will also stop mass migration in search of employment.
Later on, he added that the proposed Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, Trans Haryana Economic Corridor, and the Gurugram-Rewari-Ateli-Narnaul are the highways of a new emerging India, which will bring development in all corners of Haryana.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal, Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Gen (Retd) V K Singh, Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana Dushyant Chautala and other senior officials were also present in the inauguration.
CM Manohar Lal thanked Gadkari for honoring the state’s requests for roads. He said, "these projects will have a positive impact on both the industry and the business in the state." The CM informed that 29406-kilometer-long roads were developed/improved in the State during the last five years. Further, budget allocations have been made for the construction of ROBs/RUBs at all railway crossings to prevent accidents.