Review of Expressway: Center will review Delhi-Katra Expressway, DC will have to acquire land in 7 days

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There is continuous delay in the work of Delhi-Katra Expressway. On Tuesday, Anirudh Tiwari, Principal Secretary, Government of Punjab, held a meeting with Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori and the Competent Authority for Land Acquisition to discuss the reasons behind the delay in the project.

During this, the Principal Secretary has clarified to all the officers that the work being done in the scheme is being reviewed by the Central Government. Therefore, there should not be any hesitation in the work and for the project from where the highway project is being passed, the land there should be acquired as soon as possible. During the meeting, SDM Balbir Raj Singh, Randeep Singh Heer, District Revenue Officer Jashanjit Singh and other officers were present.

Expressway project will be reviewed daily

Regarding the progress of the work of the expressway project, the DC has clarified on Tuesday that the authority on behalf of which the work is being done on this project will submit the report of the project daily to the DC. Now every day will have to be told about the project, what efforts are being made by the authority. The National Highways project including Jalandhar Bypass, Amritsar-Bathinda Greenfield Bypass and widening of NH-70 has also been reviewed.

305 crore spent on acquiring land

DC Ghanshyam Thori told Secretary Tiwari that under the Delhi-Katra Expressway scheme, till now the land has been taken from the land owners by paying Rs 305.02 crore. Discussions are being held with farmer organizations to acquire the rest of the land. During the VC, Anirudh Tiwari said that all the obstacles should be removed and directed to take possession of the outstanding land within the next seven days. The DC said that the total route from Jalandhar to Delhi-Katra Expressway will be 72.9 km. The district administration has taken possession of the 43-km stretch. The possession of about 29.9 km of the route is yet to be taken. Due to which instructions have been issued to the employees and officers of the department for the farmers’ organizations and the villages from which the road is to be taken for the expressway highway, for the land on which there is any dispute or any other matter. That somehow they should expedite the work of acquiring the land. At the same time, according to the information received from the sources, a meeting will also be held with the Chief Secretary of Punjab on behalf of the Central Government in July or August regarding this project. In which there will be a review of the work of the expressway.

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