Badarpur-Agra link to be six-lane soon
Soon, motorists will enjoy seamless commute along National Highway-2 between Delhi’s Badarpur and tourist hotspot Agra. The 180-km stretch is being widened to six lanes and the project is expected to be completed in two years.
About 74 km of the stretch falls in Haryana, where nine flyovers would be constructed to ensure signal-free drive for motorists travelling on the route. The R800-core project will be completed in the stipulated time frame, said Union transport minister CP Joshi who laid the foundation stone of the project in Hodal (Palwal district) on Sunday.
Addressing the gathering, Joshi said that the project will be carried out on the public-private-partnership (PPP) mode.
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has constructed highways up to 80,000 km during the tenure of the present UPA government, the minister said.
Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who was also present on the occasion, said that during the tenure of NDA government, no significant work was carried out by the NHAI in Haryana. But, projects worth about R11,000 crore has either been completed or are in progress within the state during the UPA regime.
He urged the union minister to construct more flyovers and underpasses in Haryana for the convenience of residents. In case any financial support is needed, his government is ready to cooperate with the Centre.
Hooda said that in the last eight years, R14,620 crore has been spent on the construction of roads, bridges and buildings in Haryana. Palwal was given the status of a district to ensure overall development of the region.
“The Delhi Metro rail link is being extended up to Ballabhgarh, and in due course of time, it would also reach Palwal,” he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Haryana industries minister Randeep Singh Surjewala said that the widening of NH-2 would push development in the entire Brij region and it would improve connectivity between Haryana and Mathura region.
He said NHAI would bear the entire expenditure of the project and wherever necessary, approval should be sought to construct U-turns for the convenience of the local people.