Delhi – Ludhiana Expressway gets the Green Signal
Haryana, Punjab, Delhi and the Centre have agreed to construct an access – controlled Delhi – Ludhiana Expressway at an estimated cost of ₹ 20,000 crore.
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s proposal to revise the Delhi – Chandigarh Expressway to one connecting the national Capital with Ludhiana was ratified by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Delhi Public Works Department Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan at a meeting chaired by Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways C.P. Joshi.
The National Highways Authority of India ( NHAI ) is now required to prepare a new alignment for the 266 – km long six – lane expressway from Delhi to Ludhiana with a 91 – km long spur to Chandigarh thrown in to meet the earlier commitment as well.
Dr Joshi said the NHAI will prepare the new alignment within a month and evolve the modality for financing the project. It will mean development of real estate by setting up townships along the Expressway.
He said the construction cost will be around ₹ 35 crore to ₹ 40 crore per km and land acquisition will need ₹ 5,000 crore. Approval of the Union Cabinet will be needed after the groundwork is completed.
The States and the Centre will meet again to ratify the detailed project report and the financial model to be prepared by the NHAI.
The Delhi – Ludhiana Expressway will be the third to be taken up after the Vadodara – Mumbai Expressway for which land acquisition is underway and the Delhi – Jaipur Expressway for which the alignment has just been completed.
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