THE FELLING of trees on National Highway 21 from Kharar to Kurali has started. Hundreds of trees have been cut in the last few days for four-laning of the road. The work on four-laning the road will start soon. The widening of the stretch from Kharar to Kurali, which has become a killer stretch, has been a long pending demand of the people.
According to officials of the Forest Department, the work for cutting the trees along the road was started few days ago and about 100 trees have already been cut in the last six days. The tender for this work was issued last month.
“The trees from Khanpur bridge in Kharar up to Padiala village will be cut for the widening of the road, about hundreds of trees have been cut till now and the work shall be completed in 15 to 20 days. There are hundreds of trees which will be cut along the road,” added an official of the Forest Department. The road will be connected to the flyover which is to be constructed from Phase VI in Mohali up to Khanpur bridge at Kharar. From Khanpur bridge, the road will be four-laned. An official of the Public Works Department said that they were directed to start the work for the construction of the flyover.
The road from Kharar to Kurali is considered as one to the most-accident prone areas in the district and is on the list of ‘black spots’ — the stretches which are notorious for fatal road accidents. In the last three years, around 50 people lost their lives in accidents on the stretch.
THE RESIDENTS of Phase VI who are holding a hunger strike against the construction of the flyover held a protest march on Sunday evening. The residents had started the strike on January 14 and are demanding that the construction of the flyover should be started few metres away from the residential area.
Major accidents on the Kharar-Kurali stretch
On September 17, 2013, three persons were killed while 35 were injured in a road accident between a Punjab roadways bus and a truck.
A couple was killed in July 2012 when a car hit them. The accident also resulted in protests by the local residents.
A woman was killed while 24 others were injured when a Punjab roadways bus was hit by a truck on the road.