Delhi Amrtisar Katra expressway design changed, Phase-1 to cost Rs 25,000 cr

New Delhi: The Amrtisar Katra expressway will now connect historical cities of Tarn Taran, Sultanpur Lodhi and Goindwal Sahib.

The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has agreed to modification in the alignment of first phase of Delhi–Amritsar–Katra Expressway. By way of the modification, the Delhi-Gurdaspur section (entering the state near Khanauri and passing near the towns of Khanauri, Patran, Bhawanigarh, Ludhiana, Nakodar, Jalandhar Kartarpur, Qadian and Gurdaspur) will be developed as a greenfield project.

It has also been decided that the existing NH-3 from Kartarpur (junction of proposed Expressway with Jalandhar-Amritsar road NH-3) to Amritsar bypass will be developed as a six-lane expressway. This section will be an Access Controlled Expressway and will be part of the brownfield project, the Ministry of Transport said in a statement today.

With these developments, traffic will get an option to travel to Gurdaspur onwards from Nakodar, that is, through Amritsar or through Kartarpur.

The original design of the expressway would have left out the cities of Tarn Taran, Sultanpur Lodhi and Goindwal Sahib. The locals were unhappy about it. 

Another concern was that the original design required widening of the present GT Road from Kartarpur to Amritsar as Brownfield project, which would have been far more expensive since there will be demolitions needed due to land acquisition.

The expressway will cut the current travel time from Amritsar to Delhi airport from eight hours to around four hours. Phase-1 of the expressway will involve an investment of Rs 25,000 crore.