Delhi- Chandigarh Expressway gets centre’s nod

Delhi-Chandigarh express highway gets Centre’s nod

PTI | May 16, 2011, 04.10am IST

GURGAON: The Centre on Sunday said that it would consider a demand by the Haryana government to build an express highway between Delhi and Chandigarh at an estimated cost of Rs 8,000 crore.

"The Union government would earnestly consider the ambitious Rs 8,000-crore project of the express highway from Delhi to Chandigarh along the river Yamuna," an official statement quoting road transport minister C P Joshi said. Besides this, the transport ministry is also considering the state government's request to convert eight state roads into national highways, the statement said. It added that the road transport minister was responding to a request made by Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda's request at a foundation stone-laying function of the four-laning of the Rohtak-Panipat section of National Highway-71 A at Gohana. The 81-kilometre-long four-laning project would cost more than Rs 800 crore and is likely to be completed by October, 2013.


Govt mulls Delhi-Chandigarh expressway

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Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 at 0131 hrs IST

Chandigarh: The Union government is studying the R8,000-crore Express Highway project from Delhi to Chandigarh. Union road transport and highways minister CP Joshi made this observation during his visit to Haryana on Sunday when he said that the Centre would earnestly consider the ambitious project along the river Yamuna.

The minister said that the Centre was also considering conversion of eight state roads into national highways. Joshi was responding to state chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s request for these projects made at foundation stone laying function of four laning of Rohtak-Panipat section of National Highway-71 A at Gohana on Sunday.

The 81-km-long four-lane project would cost over R800 crore and is likely to be completed by October, 2013. It would have three railway over bridges, three major and five minor bridges, four grade separators, 15 underpasses and six byepasses.

Joshi informed that government has given national highway projects of more than R6,000 crore during the last six years .

Joshi said that apart from those, projects worth over R3,500 crore were under consideration and the government would likely to approve them soon. The road and transport minister assured that his ministry is following the case with Planning Commission, where the matter is under consideration.

By far the UPA government has provided R6,100 crore for the development of highways in the state.

The chief minister raised the demand of conversion of eight state highways into national highways and construction of express highway from Chandigarh to Delhi along river Yamuna.

He said that the HSIIDC and NHAI could jointly construct the express highway and this project would further boost the progress of Haryana.

State public works (building and roads) minister Randeep Singh Surjewala demanded special package from the Union road transport ministry for the roads in the NCR region of the state under CRF. He said that the state roads suffer most due to the heavy traffic from Delhi as many vehicles for Delhi use other roads also. Deepender Singh Hooda MP was present on the occasion.