Construction of additional flyovers and underpasses,concessions to the residents of the areas near the toll plaza and speeding up the projects in the states were some of the demands that were raised on Thursday as the countrys first RFID technology based electronic toll plaza at Chandimandir was dedicated to the people.
With the Union Minister for Road,Transport and Highways C P Joshi being present on the occasion,the chief ministers of Punjab and Haryana as well as the other ministers put forth various demands.
Haryana PWD Minister,Randeep Singh Surjewala demanded that special concessions be made for the residents of the adjoining area who have to cross the toll plaza regularly. The residents of Pinjore,Parwanoo and Kalka come regularly to Panchkula and Chandigarh. There is a need for giving them some concessions. A flyover is required to be constructed for easy access to Amravati Enclave and the buildings near it, he said.
Surjewala further demanded construction of underpasses to connect Sector 20 Panchkula with Sectors 12 and 12 A. He said an additional flyover was required on the old Panchkula-Kalka-Chandigarh junction. The demands found a voice in the addresses of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Union Minister Kumari Selja.
Joshi meanwhile said that the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) will take up major road projects of 1,167 kms with a tentative cost of over Rs 10.5 thousand crore in the states of Haryana,Punjab and Himachal Pradesh during the current financial year. In Haryana four road projects with a length of 508 kilometres,four in Punjab with a length of 454 kilometres and three in Himachal Pradesh with a length of 205 kilometres will be taken up.
Joshi added that state governments should contribute towards improving road infrastructure. In the 11th Five Year Plan,PPP projects on large scale were taken up which resulted in 7-8 per cent growth rate in the Gross Domestic Product. He assured that the demands raised today will be technically examined adding that some harsh decisions need to be taken for the progress of the country.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal demanded six-laning of the Jalandhar-Wagah stretch. He said that the state government recently received a letter that the Kharar-Kurali stretch for which earlier the Centre had released funds would be constructed by the Centre on BOT basis. The CM demanded that no toll plaza should be constructed on this 11 kilometre stretch. Apart from six-laning of the Chandigarh-Ludhiana stretch and completion of the Chandigarh-Kiratpur Sahib road was also demanded.
The leaders opined that the newly opened bypass would tackle the problem of traffic jams in the area which were a common occurrence. The complete stretch was constructed in two-and-a-half years.