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Kharar-Ludhiana NH project delayed as beneficiaries fail to claim relief

Infra News - Published on Wed, 20 Feb 2019

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TOI reported that the Kharar-Ludhiana four-laning highway project has been delayed as the beneficiaries concerned have failed to approach the Mohali administration to claim compensation for the land acquisition. Sub-divisional magistrate had appealed the beneficiaries to approach the department and collect their compensation by January 31, but very few approached to claim the same. The National Highways Authority of India has announced completion of the project by March 2019.

SDM Jagdeep Sehgal said in the past 15 days, the Mohali administration had been able to distribute compensation worth INR 8 crore, but still there were many beneficiaries who were yet to approach the department to claim their compensation. The SDM said that “We appeal to the beneficiaries to come personally with all required documents and claim their compensation. We have also managed to clear the critical locations like Desu Majra and Killa Complex land acquisition awards as well as structure compensation. Awards for 14 villages were announced in 2015 and for 9 villages in 2017, which have already been given. The award of structure has been announced in 2019 which is yet to be distributed. The parking area of Kila Complex near Kharar has also been cleared. This has expedited the work.”

Mr Sehgal said the NHAI in close proximity helped the Mohali administration in identifying critical points and the work on the Kharar-Ludhiana section is expedited. The SDM said the work would be expedited on the Kharar-Morinda highway as most of the work was already completed. The much-awaited widening of the Kharar-Morinda stretch on the Mohali-Ludhiana highway had picked up pace. The stretch witnessed heavy traffic throughout the day as it connected Chandigarh and Mohali with major cities of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh and it would be widened at a cost of Rs 2,070 crore. More than 3,000 trees have been axed on the Kharar-Morinda stretch for widening of the highway. According to an NHAI official, the total length of the road to be widened from Kharar-Ludhiana is 76 km. Kharar-Morinda stretch was yet to be completed.

An official of the NHAI said that “The first phase will be completed on a 54-km-long stretch and will have six-lane. It will connect with the main flyover coming up on the national highway-21 on the Kharar-Kurali stretch.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 20 Feb 2019
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