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Himachal Pradesh : Nitin Gadkari inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of road projects worth Rs 6155 crore in the state

The day of June 24, 2021 will be written in golden letters in the history of Himachal Pradesh as today the Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari made 6155 for Himachal Pradesh through video conferencing from Manali in Kullu district in the presence of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. Inaugurated and laid foundation stones for road projects worth Rs.

Union Minister dedicated the four laning of Parwanoo-Solan section of 39.14 km long NH-22 (New NH-05) constructed at a cost of Rs 1303 crore.

He also undertook construction of four laning of 18.13 km long NH-88 (New NH-303, 503) Kangra Bypass-Bhangbar section at a cost of Rs 1323 crore, 47.75 km long NH-21 (New NH-205,154) at a cost of Rs 2098 crore. Construction of four laning of Kiratpur-Nerchak (Greenfield alignment), 25 km long NH-707 (Green National Highway Corridor Project) at a cost of Rs.273 crore. Construction of two laning of 25 km long NH-707 (Green National Highway Corridor Project) Hewana-Ashiyari, two lanes of 25 km long NH-707 (Green National Highway Corridor Project) Ashyari-Shri Kyari section at a cost of Rs 346 crore. Construction of lane/intermediate lane, 19.9 km long NH-707 (Green National Highway Corridor Project) at a cost of Rs 349 crore, upgradation of intermediate lane of Sri Kyari-Gumma section, 8.65 km long NH-707 (Green National Highway Corridor Project) at a cost of Rs 126 crore Green National Highway Corridor Project) Upgradation of Intermediate Lane of Gumma-Fedis section and Rs.94 crore Laid the foundation stone for the two-lane construction of 12.71 km long Paonta-Rajban-Shilai-Minas-Hatkoti road NH-707 to be constructed at a cost of Rs.

Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said that Himachal Pradesh is indeed the most beautiful state of the country. He said that roads are essential for the overall development of any country. He said that being a tourism state, roads are also very important for tourism development in Himachal Pradesh. He said that the travel time from Delhi to Kullu would be reduced to seven hours in the next two years, which would boost tourism development in the state. He assured that the roads for which he has laid the foundation stone today will be completed within the stipulated time.

Nitin Gadkari said that road projects worth Rs 15,000 crore will be awarded to Himachal Pradesh this year. He said that the detailed project report of 40 km long Left Bank Manali road would be prepared very soon. He said that the Central Government would provide all possible assistance to the State Government to strengthen the road connectivity in the State besides construction of alternative modes of transport like cable car etc.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that being a hilly state, roads are the only means of transport in the state, therefore, strengthening road connectivity is an important issue of the political leadership and the general public. He said that even 50 years ago, the first Chief Minister of the state, Dr. Y.S. Parmar had defined the developmental priorities of the state in three words road, road and road.

He said that today there are about 40,000 km long roads in the state, but being a hilly state, a lot is still to be done. He said that it is very necessary to have better road facilities to invite and attract tourists in the state.

Jai Ram Thakur thanked the Union Minister for laying and dedicating the foundation stone of road projects worth Rs. 6155 crore to the state. He said that at present, the State Government has succeeded in sanctioning 997 projects from the Center for the state in the last three and a half years. He said that during this period, the BJP government has connected 305 villages with road connectivity as compared to 261 villages provided by the previous Congress government. He said that the previous Congress government had constructed only 145 bridges and 1585 km of roads during its tenure, while the present government has constructed 216 bridges and 2951 km of roads during this period.

The Chief Minister urged the Union Minister for double laning of Left Bank road and construction of Bhubo Jot Tunnel for Manali city. He said that the country is fortunate to have a visionary leader like Nitin Gadkari at the Center, who is known for commitment and innovation. He said that the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana is the vision of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, due to which the road infrastructure of the state has been strengthened.

Union Minister of State for Road, Transport and Highways General V.K. Singh said that works on road projects worth Rs 2000 crore have been completed in the state and road projects worth Rs 7000 crore are in progress. He said that during the golden jubilee year of full statehood of Himachal Pradesh, the state would make remarkable progress and emerge as a model state of the country.

Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Singh Thakur, while addressing from Delhi through virtual medium, said that the country has made unprecedented progress in road infrastructure development. He said that the Union Minister is working to strengthen the road connectivity in the State will definitely provide projects to the state.

Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur welcomed the Union Minister, Chief Minister and other dignitaries on the occasion. He thanked the Union Minister for dedicating road projects worth crores of rupees to the state.

A short film on the proposed 8 new road projects and Parwanoo-Solan four lane section was also screened on the occasion.

On this occasion, Technical Education and Tribal Development Minister Dr. Ram Lal Markanda, MPs Kishan Kapoor and Indu Goswami, MLAs Surendra Shourie, Kishori Lal, Jawahar Thakur, Balbir Verma and Rajesh Thakur, former MPs Maheshwar Singh Thakur, additional chief secretaries Ram Subhag Singh and J.C. Sharma, Director General of Police Sanjay Kundu, Principal Secretary Public Works Shubhashish Panda and officials of National Highway Authority were also present, while MP and State BJP President Suresh Kashyap, MPs, MLAs, state BJP officials participated in the program through virtual means.