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Katra-Delhi Express Corridor to complete by 2023: Dr Jitendra Singh

NEW DELHI: Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh disclosed here today that the landmark Katra-Delhi Expressway Road Corridor will complete by 2023 and work on the Kathua-Jammu Highway extension from four lane to six lane has started.

After receiving an update on the project from the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Dr. Jitendra Singh said, this Express Highway is going to be a game - changer and also the first of its kind in North India when it becomes functional. He said, it would be possible to cover the journey from Katra to Delhi in about seven hours and from Jammu to Delhi in over six hours. People will then prefer to travel by road instead of undertaking rail or air journey, he added.

Dr. Jitendra Singh thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the sanction of this project and expressed gratitude to Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari for having approved Rs. 35,000 crore for its completion. He said, the Expressway Road Corridor will be a game - changer and bring about not only ease of travel but also promote revenue generation and business activity.

A unique feature of this new Expressway Corridor, said Dr. Jitendra Singh, would be that it will connect two important holy cities of Katra - Vaishno Devi and Amritsar before it reaches Delhi. This will also promote religious tourism and at the same time, provide connectivity to industrial and economic hubs in Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana and Punjab.

While the survey has been completed and land acquisition is under progress from Delhi up to Pathankot, simultaneously the Highway from Pathankot-Kathua to Jammu will also be broadened and made into six lanes.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, there had been some delay in the project due to COVID pandemic, otherwise the Expressway Corridor could have been completed even before the proposed timeline.

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