Four-laning of NH-22 likely to start in October : CM


By : Mohan Verma

Traffic facing frequent congestion on the National Highway 22 connects the Raj day town (Shimla) with Parwanoo along the border of Haryana from Delhi, is likely to ease soon as work for its four-lane road is probably to resume in October this year.

This was stated by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in the assembly today, while replying to a written query. He said the compensation for acquisition of land for the highway would be paid as per the National Highway Act of 1956. Official sources said that the four-laning of 88 km stretch would cost Rs. 2,730 crore and would shorten the distance by 17 km.

The construction work to be executed by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is likely to be completed within three years.

The chief minister had informed the house last year that 16 bridges, including 5 over the Kalka-Shimla rail track, would be constructed with its four-laning.

He said the project required acquisition of 105 hectares of forest land and 101 hectares of private land.

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ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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