Centrally sponsored projects will start only when the state government completes 90 percent of the land acquisition for the projects. This decision has been taken in a meeting of NHAI officers and MPs of Himachal Pradesh in Delhi with National Highway and Surface Minister Nitin Gadkari.
Shimla-Dharamshala Fourlane was discussed in the meeting. NHAI was in favor of making it a double lane so as not to cost too much and also to damage the mountains. But Gadkari has ordered to make it a fourlane. Two separate double lane routes will be built where the mountain is expected to suffer more damage.
This forelane was first to be launched from package number five Dharamshala-Jwalaji. But now it has been decided that it will be started on both sides from Package Dharamshala-Jwalamukhi and Package No. 1 Shimla-Shalaghat to speed up its work. Nearly 3 years have passed since the announcement of this forelane.
After the green signal from the center, the highway is bound to land on the ground. Project Director of Shimla-Dharamshala Fourlane, YA Raut said that the Central Government has decided that Centrally Sponsored Projects will start only if the State Government completes 90 percent of the land acquisition. As soon as the order of the meeting held in Delhi, the exercise of making this fourlane will begin.