New Delhi (NVI): Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari today inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of various Highway projects worth about Rs 20 thousand crore, as part of a new economic corridor in Haryana, through webcast.
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, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement.
During the virtual inauguration of the projects, Gadkari called them “highways of emerging India”, which will bring development in all corners of Haryana. He said these projects will benefit people of Haryana in big way by providing smooth connectivity within the State, as well as to other States like Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
The Transport Minister also said that these projects will decongest big cities, reducing travel time. “It will take about 2 hours to reach Delhi Airport from Chandigarh against 4 hours now,” he said, adding the projects will also save on time, fuels and cost, as also boost development in backward areas of the State.
He said rupees two lakh crore worth of works will be completed in the first two years of this government. He recalled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has conceived Rs 100 lakh crore worth of infrastructure development towards achieving the five trillion economy.
The minister said that people in the state should consider adopting crops for bio fuels, which has the capacity to improve their all-round life. “This will ensure employment opportunities within the villages, which will also stop mass migration in search of employment,” he said.
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.