Delhi -Katra Expressway: NHAI floats e-tenders for Pathankot to Jammu stretch
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Delhi -Katra Expressway: NHAI floats e-tenders for Pathankot to Jammu stretch

Delhi -Katra Expressway: NHAI floats e-tenders for Pathankot to Jammu stretch

Jammu: The work on the stretch of Pathankot to Jammu in the second phase of Delhi-Katra Expressway will soon begin as National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) have floated e-tenders to complete 97 kms of the connectivity at an estimated cost of Rs 5495 Crores.

The Expressway will pass through 279 villages of the Union Territory while the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued land acquisition notification in accordance with the new proposal.

NHAI spokesman said that e-tenders have been floated for the prestigious Delhi-Ludhiana-Amritsar-Katra Expressway stretch from Balsua in District Pathankot, Punjab to Satwari upto Fourth Tawi Bridge in the Jammu City.

“The total length of this stretch is 97 kms and to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 5495 Crores,” said the spokesman adding that the construction period has been kept as two years and is targeted to be completed by 2024.

The Expressway will reduce the distance between Delhi to Amritsar-Katra by about 40 km and enable the commuters to travel from Delhi to Amritsar within 4 to 4½ hours and Delhi to Katra within 6 – 6½ hours.

“It will not only provide shortest connectivity to religious cities of Amritsar and Katra but also provides shortest connectivity to industrial and economic hubs of Ambala in Haryana, UT of Chandigarh, Mohali, Sangrur, Patiala, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, in Punjab and Kathua, Samba & Jammu in J&K.

The Delhi Katra Expressway will be complete access controlled Expressway with pay as per use closed tolling concept and an environmentally friendly expressway with planned tree cover of about 10 lakh trees to improve carbon footprints, he added.

The spokesman said that the length of main Expressway from Delhi to Katra including spurs to Amritsar & Jammu is 671 km with total estimated cost of Rs 35,000 Cr while the bidding process for 14 out of 16 packages of Haryana and Punjab portion stands completed and Contractors have been selected.

“This stretch in J&K is divided into a total 4 packages out of which bids for one Pkg were invited on 13.05.2021 & two bids invited on 21.05.2021. The DPR for the remaining brownfield stretch from Kunjwani to Domel upto Katra via existing NH-44 & NH-144 will also be finalized by end of June. The work for Forest & other statutory clearances is also under progress,” he added.

In J&K, the project will be of access controlled 4 lane expressway standards in green-field portions (bypasses) and six lane access controlled expressway standards in brown-field portions on existing NH44.

Separate two Lane service roads on both sides of existing NH44 and underpasses at suitable spacing will also be constructed as part of the project for local traffic.

“The Land Acquisition for the project is under progress and the notification u/s 3A has almost been completed for Kathua and Samba Districts and demarcation on ground has been done,” he said adding that the Joint measurement survey is in progress and revenue papers are being finalized by the Concerned Revenue Officials.


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Delhi -Katra Expressway: NHAI floats e-tenders for Pathankot to Jammu stretch