Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari will lay the foundation stones for 7 National Highway projects costing over Rs 4,419 crore in Kangra, HP. The projects include 4-laning of 37.03 km long Punjab-Himachal Pradesh Border to Sihuni section of NH-154 for Rs 1,572.9 crore, building of 104.6 km long Paonta Sahib-Guma-Feduzpul portion of NH-707 for Rs 1,356 crore and 109.45 km long Hamirpur-Mandi section of NH-70 worth Rs 1334 crore. In addition to boosting tourism, economic and employment prospects, the upgraded highways will also help in reducing travel time.
The other projects include building of 15.75 km long Una to Bhiroo section of NH-503A for Rs 51.09 crore, construction of 23.105 km long Mataur-Dharamshala-McLeodganj portion of NH-503 worth Rs 46.13 crore, 4-laning of 7 km long Paonta Sahib Town section of NH-7 for Rs 30 crore, and erecting a retaining wall and crash barriers on 94 km long Sainj-Luhri-Anni-Jalori-Banjar-Aut part of NH-305 for Rs 29.07 crore.
An official statement said, “These projects are likely to benefit the local populace by way of increased tourism, safe journey, reduced travel time, beautification of highways, enhanced economic activity and employment and all-weather roads.”