Focus on critical infrastructure building
through an integrated approach, right from a number of strategic tunnels and
bridges to 22 green expressways, is bound to place India in the league of
advanced nations like the US, UK and Australia in the coming two years, union
minister Nitin Gadkari has said.
Talks in advanced stage for building Rs 8,250 crore Chambal Expressway
in Madhya Pradesh, first of its kind
He further said
that talks are in advanced stage for building Rs 8,250 crore Chambal Expressway
in Madhya Pradesh, a first of its kind in collaboration of the state
Gadkari, who also
holds the MSME portfolio, said the strategic Rs 2,379 crore Z-Morh Tunnel
project in Jammu and Kashmir that stuck for long after it was abandoned, was
cleared and is expected to be built soon.
The Z-Morh Tunnel along with the Zojila tunnel all-weather road connectivity
The Z-Morh Tunnel
along with the Zojila tunnel are designed to provide all-weather road
connectivity to Jammu and Kashmir parts which remain closed during the winters
due to heavy snowfall.
Work in full swing for Delhi-Mumbai Expressway
minister said work was in full swing for Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, India”s
longest expressway at 1,320 km which is slated to reduce travel time between
Delhi and Mumbai from 24 hours to 13 hours.
Apart from optic
fibre, transmission and gas pipelines, a large number of industrial clusters
are planned on its side, he said.
The pace of execution of projects has been expedited
Stating that there
have been some obstructions in execution of highway projects due to the
coronavirus outbreak, Gadkari said nevertheless his ministry believed in
converting this crisis into an opportunity and overcoming it. The pace of
execution of projects has been expedited, he said.
is proposed to be executed at a cost of Rs 8,250 crore and it could be a game
changer for the poor and tribals living in far-flung areas of Madhya Pradesh,
Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, Gadkari explained.
The minister also
said that work is underway on Ram Janaki Marg from Ayodhya to Janakpuri
including 370 km in Bihar at a cost of Rs 2,700 crore.
Work on Kailash Mansarovar route
“We have completed
about 80 per cent work on Kailash Mansarovar route and the remaining work is
likely to be completed by April 2021,” he said.
The minister had
recently complimented the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) for completing the
work of road connectivity from Dharchula to Lipulekh, popularly known as
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra route, which will ease the journey of pilgrims.
The newly built
80-km strategically crucial stretch connects the Lipulekh pass at a height of
17,000 feet along the border with China in Uttarakhand with Dharchula.
Gadkari also said
that efforts are on to complete Rs 12,000 crore Chardham project by May-June
next year by ironing out obstacles like forest clearances etc as early as