CAPT AMARINDER DEDICATES CHANDIGARH-KHANPUR ELEVATED CORRIDOR TO CITIZENS OF PUNJAB
(HNI BUREAU) : Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday dedicated the Chandigarh-Kharar elevated corridor to the citizens as a New Year gift, paving the way for further economic development of the region while easing the perpetual traffic congestion along the route.
The Chief Minister termed the corridor project – from Sector-39 roundabout (CH.0+000), Chandigarh to Khanpur (CH.10+185) – as the fulfilment of a long-pending need of the people of the region. With the opening of the third phase of the corridor on December 28, the project is now 96% complete, with the remaining (one side of the road at Khanpur) expected to be completed by mid January 2021.
On the occasion, Captain Amarinder congratulated the civil administration for ensuring peaceful acquisition of land and resettlement of land owners, and also appreciated the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for the expeditious completion of the project, which had been extremely delayed due to the bottlenecks created as a result of the previous Akali-BJP government in the state.
When his government took over, it inherited the messy legacy of the erstwhile regime, in terms of failure to divert the traffic, non-shifting of high tension wires by the Electricity Board and non-vacation of acquired structures by land owners due to non-payment of land compensation amount, along with multiple court cases and stay orders, said the Chief Minister.
Captain Amarinder said his government started addressing the various problems, including getting Electricity Boardto shift the High Tension lines, ensuring payment of 99% compensation for acquired land, as well as vacation and razing of all 50 acquired structures. Efficient legal team removed the legal hurdles and got the stay orders vacated, while deployment of special police teams under 8 Marshalls was also ensured for traffic diversion, he added. To enable the work to continue during the Covid lockdown, special arrangements were made for labourers at the site, said the Chief Minister.