In a major relief to thousands of commuters, the work of widening the Landran-Sirhind road will be expedited for its completion by the end of December.
Taking stock of the project, Punjab Health and Family Welfare and Labour Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu held a meeting with the Deputy Commissioner (DC) and Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) Chief Administrator Girish Dayalan on Wednesday, regarding the same.
About Rs 23 crore was sanctioned to GMADA by the Punjab government for the wideing of the road, however, the money has remained unused.
During the meeting Sidhu discussed the problems being faced by commuters due to the narrow road and the on-going extension work on the road. He said that 6.9 acres land has to be acquired for Landran-Sirhind road, which would be completed soon, so that traffic is streamlined on the road.
Reaffirming his commitment to solve the problem, Sidhu said that notification of Section 19 of Land Acquisition Act will be imposed immediately for the acquisition of land for the project and objection in this regard will be submitted with the SDM’s office.
He said that he would personally monitor the project so that it is carried out in a time bound manner. He also asked the Public Works Department (PWD) officials to expedite the paper trail regarding the project so that work could be expedited.
The minister instructed the officials to issue the notification for land acquisition immediately, following which, other necessary action would be completed at the earliest.
He said that the road would be upgraded soon so the people face less difficulty in reaching Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib.
The road connects Mohali with Sirhind, however, due to frequent traffic congestion, the road has become a nightmare for commuters.
During peak hours in morning and evening, heavy traffic jam is a common sight on the road.