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NH-1: Bids delaying four-laning of 20-km stretch

The stretch now faces severe bottlenecks and has become a headache for lakhs of commuters.

The four-laning of the busy Amritsar-Jalandhar National Highway No.1 may have been completed last year but a 20-km stretch between Vidhipur Fatak in Jalandhar and Dhilwan has yet to be completed after it was first delayed due to land dispute and then has been put on hold due to NHAI not opening up financial bids for allotment of the project

The stretch now faces severe bottlenecks and has become a headache for lakhs of commuters. The highway is used heavily by pilgrims visiting the Golden temple and visitors wishing to see the Wagha border.With the opening of the Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Attari-Wagha the stretch has seen immense rise in vehicular traffic and has become a lifeline for traders.

People living in towns adjoining the highway,like Kartarpur and Subhanpur,face huge delays as all buses stop right on the highway causing massive traffic jams.

The four-laning of the Amritsar-Jalandhar National highway,which included a 49-km segment from Verka in Amritsar to Dhilwan in Kapurthala district,was completed over a year ago,while the four- laning from Jalandhar side too was completed last year.

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Sources in NHAI said work may start on th3 20-km stretch in four to five months. Tenders have been called but financial bids have yet to be opened for allotment. When contacted,project director of NHAI,Vipnesh Sharma,said that work may start in a few months after financial bids are opened.