• Haryana govt to develop two-lane highway

    Haryana government has decided to develop a two-lane highway along the banks of Western Yamuna Canal connecting Karnal, Panipat and Sonipat districts as well as Bawana and Rohini in Delhi, to provide an alternative route to decongest National Highway 44.

    This came out in a meeting presided by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to review pending issues of metro and other railway projects here today.

    The proposed 121.302-km-long highway, which would cost about Rs 1,400 crore, would be constructed from Ghogripur near Karnal to Outer Ring Road near Haidarpur Water Treatment Plant in Delhi region, an official release stated.

    It would be constructed under a scheme of National Capital Region Planning Board, Khattar said.

    Reviewing various projects, the Chief Minister directed Public Works (Building and Roads) Department officers to construct a “magnificent and glorious” Swarn Jayanti Dwar at the entry point of Gurgaon from Delhi.

    He also directed the officers to construct welcome gates on the inter-state border at the remaining 27 entry points to the state to commemorate the golden jubilee of Haryana.

    Describing the railway link between Kurukshetra and Haridwar of “vital significance”, Khattar said there is no direct railway link between the two holy cities and directed the officers to explore the possibilities of starting a Delhi-Haridwar route via Ambala and take up the issue with Railways.

    Khattar also directed them to frame a policy in consultation with National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for rescheduling of toll taxes at various locations so that the rates can be reduced.

    The state government has decided to elevate the existing Rohtak-Gohana railway line in Rohtak city at a cost of about Rs 230 crore. This would be a first-of-its-kind in the country, said Khattar.

    The Chief Minister also reviewed the progress of Sonipat-Jind and Rohtak-Meham-Hansi railway lines.

    He also reviewed the progress of Metro projects in Haryana and gave necessary directions to the officers concerned.

    The meeting was told that Gurgaon metro — Badarpur to YMCA in Faridabad and Sikanderpur Station to NH 8, Gurgaon — have already been made operational.

    The metro link from Sikanderpur station to Sector 56, Gurgaon, Bahadurgarh metro project and Ballabhgarh metro project are under implementation and would be completed by the end of 2017.

    The state government has requested Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to carry out a techno-feasibility study of three projects — metro connectivity from HUDA City Centre to Old Faridabad, extension of Delhi Metro till Kondli and metro connectivity between Faridabad and Gurgaon. Adrian Amos Jersey

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