New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Punjab’s Ferozepur today to lay the foundation stone for several development projects worth over Rs 42,750 crore.
These projects include the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway; Four-laning of Amritsar-Una section; Mukerian-Talwara New Broad Gauge Railway Line; According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), PGI Satellite Center at Ferozepur and two new medical colleges at Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur.
The constant endeavor of the Prime Minister to improve connectivity across the country has led to several National Highway Development initiatives in the state of Punjab. As a result, the total length of national highways in the state has increased from about 1700 km in 2014 to over 4100 km in 2021, the PMO said.
Continuing similar efforts, the foundation stone of two major road corridors will be laid in Punjab. This will also be a step towards fulfilling the vision of the Prime Minister to increase access to major religious centres.
According to the PMO, the 669-km-long Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway will be developed at a total cost of around Rs 39,500 crore. This will halve the travel time from Delhi to Amritsar and Delhi to Katra.
The Greenfield Expressway will connect major Sikh religious places at Sultanpur Lodhi, Goindwal Sahib, Khadoor Sahib, Tarn Taran and the holy Hindu shrine of Vaishno Devi at Katra. The expressway will also connect major economic hubs like Ambala Chandigarh, Mohali, Sangrur, Patiala, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Kathua and Samba in the three states/UTs of Haryana, Chandigarh, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.
The Amritsar-Una section will be four-laned at a cost of about 1700 crores. The 77 km long stretch is part of the Amritsar to Bhota corridor spanning the longitudinal extension of northern Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, connecting four major national highways, namely the Amritsar-Bhatinda-Jamnagar Economic Corridor, the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway, the North-South corridor and the Kangra-Hamirpur-Bilaspur-Shimla corridor, the PMO said.
This will help improve connectivity of religious places in Ghoman, Sri Hargobindpur and Pulpukta Town (home of the famous Gurdwara Pulpukta Sahib), the PMO said.
The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone of a new broad gauge railway line between Mukerian and Talwar, about 27 km long, to be built at a cost of over Rs 410 crore. The railway line will be an extension of Nangal Dam-Daulatpur Chowk railway section.
It will provide an all-weather mode of transport in the region. The project also holds strategic importance as it will serve as an alternative route to Jammu and Kashmir by connecting with the existing Jalandhar-Jammu railway line at Mukerian.
This project will prove to be particularly beneficial for the people of Hoshiarpur in Punjab and Una in Himachal Pradesh. It will boost tourism in the region, and provide easy connectivity to hill stations as well as places of religious importance.
The foundation stone of new medical infrastructure will be laid in three cities of Punjab as part of the Prime Minister’s endeavor to provide world class medical facilities in all parts of the country. The 100-bed PGI satellite center at Firozpur will be built at a cost of over Rs 490 crore.
It will provide services in 10 specialties including Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopedics, Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Ophthalmology, ENT and Psychiatry-Drug De-addiction. The satellite center will provide world class medical facilities in Firozpur and surrounding areas.
Two medical colleges will be developed at Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur at a cost of about Rs 325 crore and with a capacity of about 100 seats. These colleges have been approved in the third phase of the Centrally Sponsored Scheme ‘Establishment of New Medical Colleges linked to District/ Referral Hospitals’.
A total of three medical colleges have been sanctioned for Punjab under this scheme. In the first phase, the approved college is already functioning in SAS Nagar.
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