Highlights:

  • By Diwali 2023, people can travel by road from Delhi to Katra via Amritsar in less than seven hours.
  • The highway will have four lanes and it will be built in a manner wherein the future can be expanded to six-lane. 
  • The project has been approved considering the existing Delhi-Jalandhar section of NH-44, connecting industrial and religious centers in Punjab, J&K, and Himachal Pradesh.
  • It will be reducing travel time from 11 to 7 hours as the entire corridor will be signal-free and cars will be allowed to run at a speed of 120 kmph.

By Diwali 2023, people can travel by road from Delhi to Katra via Amritsar in less than seven hours. Union Minister of Highways, Nitin Gadkari said that the construction of the project will start by December end, this year. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has floated bids for the first 160 km out of 634 km, which will take off from Kundli Manesar Palwal near Bahadurgarh.

The highway will have four lanes and it will be built in a manner wherein the future can be expanded to six-lane. The project will be built with an investment of Rs 35,000 Crore. ‘Four-lane has been approved keeping in mind the daily traffic’, said an official of NHAI.

Though this greenfield expressway will be reducing the distance between Delhi and Katra by just 40 km, it will be reducing travel time from 11 to 7 hours as the entire corridor will be signal-free and cars will be allowed to run at a speed of 120 kmph.

The project has been approved considering the existing Delhi-Jalandhar section of NH-44, connecting industrial and religious centers in Punjab, J&K, and Himachal Pradesh. The expressway will provide the shortest connectivity to important Sikh religious shrines. Delhi-Amritsar-Katra is one out of the six Greenfield expressways that have been identified for development under Bharatmala Pariyojna Phase 1. 

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