Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said strengthening road connectivity in the state is the priority of the state government and the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) should expedite work on four –lane projects.
Presiding over a review meeting at Shimla on Thursday the CM said, “The state would cooperate with the NHAI in every manner and has also simplified the process to give forest clearance and other formalities in stipulated time, besides processing compensation cases of land losers at the earliest.”
He said, “The NHAI has given in principal approval for constructing four lanes highways between Shimla and Mataur with the cost of Rs 10000 core and between Pathankot and Mandi with the cost of Rs 12000 crore, besides approving Rs 300 crore for checking landslides during expansion of highways.”
He said, “Better road connectivity would enhance tourist footfall to the state and state government would improve basic amenities on the highways, special emphasis is being laid on developing Kangra district as a major tourist hub,” he added.
Public Works Minister Vikramaditya Singh and CPS Sanjay Awasthi among others were present in the meeting.