Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday lauded the role of Haryana government “on its contribution towards the road infrastructure over the period of past eight and half years”.
Gadkari — who was in Haryana to inaugurate various National Highways projects in the state — also inaugurated 11 flyovers on the eight-lane National Highway from Delhi to Panipat constructed at a cost of Rs 890 crore, including six lanes of service roads on both sides.
Accompanied by CM Manohar Lal Khattar and home minister Anil Vij, Gadkari also laid the foundation stone of the construction work of Ambala Green Field Six Lane Ring Road Project in Jandli village in Ambala district.
The total length of this project is 23 kms with an estimated cost of around Rs 1,100 crore.
While addressing Gauravshali Bharat Rally at Sonipat, organised on the completion of nine years of the central government, after inauguration of the flyover, Gadkari elaborated upon the future plans of improving road instructure in the state.
Conceding the demand of Khattar, Gadkari announced to give Rs 300 crore under the Setu Bharatam Yojana for the construction of ROB and RUB to make Haryana free of railway level crossings.
Similarly, on the demand of Jind MLA Dr Krishna Middha, Gadkari also announced the construction of a bypass from Narwana Road to Rohtak Road and a Ring Road from Jind to Ikkas.
Work will be done on projects worth Rs 2 lakh crore in Haryana by December 2024 and Haryana’s roads will be developed at par with America, he said.
Gadkari said that his ministry is working on 100 projects in Haryana which are expected to be completed by December 2024.
Out of these, 51 projects of 2,200 km worth Rs 47,000 crore have been completed whereas 30 projects of 830 km worth Rs 35,000 crore are in progress.
He said that among 19 other projects of 756 km worth Rs 20,000 crore, a detailed project report of 14 projects is being prepared.
He assured the chief minister that works on projects involving an investment of Rs 2 lakh crore would be carried out in Haryana by December 2024.
These projects would change the image of Haryana and the roads of the state would be developed at par with America.
He said that when he was holding the charge as Union water resources minister, the chief minister had demanded that farmers should be paid remunerative prices for their produce and also adequate water be given to the fields.
At that time there were water disputes in Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Himachal, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi that were hanging fire for the last 40 years.
Gadkari said that to settle most of the disputes, projects of Uttarakhand and Himachal were cleared so that Haryana could get its share of water.