Adding to road infrastructure of Punjab, the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, has made an announcement to start state and national highway projects involving a staggering investment worth Rs. 21,342cr. To start with, he recently laid a foundation stone for seven road projects covering a length of 222 kms and entailing an investment worth Rs. 3,342cr. These projects included, Sangrur-Dogal Kalan (30 kms), Dogal Kalan-Punjab Haryana border (27 kms), Sangrur-Dhanaula bye-pass (18 kms), Patiala bye-pass (19 kms), Patiala-Sangrur (41 kms), Sangrur-Tapa (46 kms) and Tapa-Bathinda (41 kms).
Apart from this, the minister also promised Rs. 18,000cr investment in the state's road infrastructure including building five railways over bridges (ROBs). Elaborating further he added that the road and highway ministry has decided to convert all the major state highways into national highways and work on these projects is all set to start very shortly. In its newest scheme of things, the central government has made its mind to develop Punjab on the lines of Canada and America and this shall be done in a time bound span of two years as the ministry would ensure the project work started before March 31 must be completed without any delay.