To give a boost to the interstate north-south connectivity between states, the Haryana government on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IVRCL Assets and Holding Limited for Development of the Rs 1,605-crore Rai Malikpur-Narnaul-Mahendergarh-Dadri-Bhiwani-Kharak corridor in the state.
The corridor will be 151 km long and is likely to be completed within two-and-a-half years.
Chief Secretary P K Chaudhery said, “Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had been monitoring the project and as a result of his efforts, the project reached this stage in minimum possible time. The corridor will serve as a major inter-state North-South connectivity between Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra to northern states such as Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Haryana. The road was of immense importance because of the presence of stone quarries in its vicinity. Trucks carrying stone aggregates and boulders ply on this road to supply construction materials to different sites in Mahendragarh, Rohtak and other districts”.
Explaining the details of the project, Additional Chief Secretary, PWD (B&R), S C Chaudhary said, “The project involves widening from two lane to four lane divided carriageway starting from Rajasthan border to Nangal Choudhary, Narnaul, Mahendragarh, Dadri, Bhiwani up to Kharak”.
“The project also includes construction of 12 minor bridges and 154 culverts. Besides, 62 bus lay byes, six truck lay byes and 5-km service roads will be provided to facilitate traffic. The proposal of construction of road over bridges (ROBs) had also been approved by railways. It was expected that the government would earn a revenue of Rs 485 crore from the premium to be paid by the concessionaire up to the end of the concession period,” Chaudhary added.