Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Ferozepur in Punjab on 5th of this month and will lay the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth more than 42 thousand 750 crore rupees. These projects include Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway, four laning of Amritsar-Una section, Mukerian-Talwara New Broad Gauge railway line, PGI Satellite Centre at Ferozepur and two new medical colleges at Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur.
The consistent endeavour of the Prime Minister to improve connectivity all across the country has led to multiple national highway development initiatives being taken up in the Punjab. It has resulted in more than doubling the total length of National highways in the state from about 1700 kilometre in 2014 to more than 4100 kilometres in 2021. The foundation stone of two major road corridors will be laid in Punjab. This will be a step towards fulfilling the Prime Minister’s vision to enhance accessibility to major religious centres.
The 669 kilometre long Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway will be developed at a total cost of about 39 thousand 500 crore rupees. It will reduce travel time from Delhi to Amritsar and Delhi to Katra. The Greenfield Expressway will connect key Sikh religious sites at Sultanpur Lodhi, Goindwal Sahib, Khadoor Sahib, Tarn Taran and the holy Hindu shrine of Vaishno Devi in Katra. The expressway will also connect key economic centres in the three states and Union Territories of Haryana, Chandigarh, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.
The four laning of Amritsar – Una section will be done at the cost of around 1700 crore rupees. The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of a new Broad Gauge railway line between Mukerian and Talwara to be built at a cost of over 410 crore rupees. This project also holds strategic importance as it will serve as an alternative route to Jammu and Kashmir, joining the existing Jalandhar-Jammu Railway line at Mukerian. It will give a boost to tourism in the region, and provide ease of connectivity to hill stations as well as to places of religious importance. Foundation stone of new medical infrastructure in three towns of Punjab will be laid. The 100 bedded PGI Satellite Centre at Ferozepur, will be built at a cost of more than 490 crore rupees. Two Medical colleges at Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur will be developed at a cost of around 325 crore rupees each and with a capacity of about 100 seats.