Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone for 11 national highway projects worth Rs 20,000 crore in Haryana as a part of the new economic corridor, on July 14.
With the new economic corridor project, it is expected to have smooth connectivity from Haryana to other states, including Punjab, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, said the Minister in his address during a video conference organised for the ceremony. “These highways will pave the way for infrastructure development at large scale and farmers will get better market access,” he added.
The video conference organised for the stone laying ceremony was presided over by the Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar. Ministers from the Centre including Gen V K Singh (retd), Krishan Pal Gurjar, Rao Inderjit Singh, Haryana Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala and S S Sandhu, Chairman, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) were also present at the conference.
The Rs 20,000 crore is the project’s overall cost which includes Rs 1,183 crore for 35.45 km four-lane Rohna/Hasangarh to Jhajjar section of NH 334B, Rs 857 crore for 70 km four-lane Punjab-Haryana border to Jind section of NH 71, and Rs 200 crore for the 85.36 km two-lane with paved shoulders Jind-Karnal Highway on NH 709. These three projects were inaugurated during the conference.
Moreover, foundation stones were laid for eight projects worth over Rs 17,000 crore, including Rs 8,650 crore for 227 km six-lane access controlled Greenfield Expressway from Ismailpur to Narnaul on NH 152D. Also, Rs 1,524 crore for 46 km four-lane Gurugram Pataudi-Rewari section of NH 352W, and a 14.4 km four-lane Rewari bypass worth Rs 928 crore.