AMRITSAR: The under-construction 669km Delhi-Amritsar-Katra (DAK) greenfield expressway would cut down travel time between Amritsar and Delhi to four hours, and between Delhi and Katra to six hours, claimed Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari said after inspecting the road project here on Thursday.
Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann, public works department minister Harbhajan Singh ETO, and Congress MP from Amritsar Gurjit Singh Aujla were present during the inspection. “This expressway is being built at a cost of Rs 40,000 crore. On its completion, one would be able to reach Amritsar from Delhi in four hours and Katra from Delhi in six hours. At present, the distance from Delhi to Katra is 727 km, with the construction of this route, it will be reduced by 58 km,” said Gadkari. Gadkari said of the expressway’s 669km length, 137km was being built in Haryana, 399km in Punjab, and 135km in Jammu and Kashmir. In Punjab, work has started on 296km length of the expressway in Punjab, and 120km in Jammu and Kashmir. In Punjab, the expressway would pass through industrial areas like Patiala, Sangrur, Malerkotla, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Gurudaspur, he said.

The Union minister said a major feature of the corridor was that it included Asia’s longest 1300-metre-long, cable-stayed bridge over the Beas. “This expressway will connect major religious places of the Sikh community: Golden Temple, Sultanpur Lodhi gurdwara in Kapurthala district, Goindwal Sahib gurdwara, Khadur Sahib gurdwara, Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Tarn Taran, and even Mata Vaishno Devi in Katra,” said Gadkari.
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