More than 900 trees would be cut for widening of a stretch from Balongi to Khanpur Chowk on the National Highway 21.
The trees along the road would be cut for the road widening and construction of a flyover. The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) authorities have also sent the report of a revised survey of the flyover to the department of transport for approval.
Officials said before the construction of the flyover, the road will be widened and for that trees will be cut.
The officials added that they have started the work of cutting the trees along the road and as many as 924 trees will be cut. The officials, however, said they will also plant saplings once the work of construction of the flyover is completed.
An NHAI official said: “It is necessary to widen the road. We will plant double number of saplings. The construction of the flyover will be started only after the widening of road. It is not a threat to the environment, it is a necessity.”
Earlier, more than 500 trees were cut on the Kurali-Kharar Road. The work of widening of road is going on and will be completed in the coming few months.
The officials said the saplings will be planted after the completion of the widening work.
The official also said: “We have conducted a fresh survey of the road and sent a report to the department of transport for approval for starting the further work on the flyover. The work of sampling has already been completed.”
Now, the flyover will have another exit route towards Morinda. Earlier, it has an exit route towards Ropar.
The flyover will end on the bridge after crossing Kharar city and is considered as a major relief for the commuters who have to stuck in long traffic jams in the peak hours in morning and evening. The road is also prone to accidents.
Former Punjab finance minister Captain Kanwaljeet Singh was killed in a road accident on Khanpur Chowk, which is considered as one of the most accident prone areas.