The Punjab government has planned a new six-lane express highway between Ludhiana and Delhi mainly to de-congest the National Highway (NH) 1 and cut short the distance between the two cities.
The alignment of the proposed expressway will remain same as the NH-1 from Delhi to Sonepat from where it will take a detour and move through Kaithal in Haryana to Nabha in Punjab and touch Ludhiana via Samana. It will be a toll road.
Punjab’s Secretary of PWD and B&R PS Aujla said that besides cutting short the distance by 50 km, the expressway will save on time as it would have restricted entries. Aujla said Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal will be meeting Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways CP Joshi on January 15 to discuss the proposal.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and her Haryana counterpart Bhupinder Singh Hooda will also attend the meeting. Sources said that the expressway, which is SukhbirÂ’s brain child, will entail acquisition of major chunks of land by the three states. A Central team was in Chandigarh in this regard recently and held meeting with State government officials.
If things fall in line, Punjab will soon be the first state in the country to have all its cities linked with four and six lane roads.