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Cabinet approves four-laning of National Highway project in Himachal

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New Delhi, June 7:  The Union Cabinet on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday gave nod to four-laning of a 19 km stretch of National Highway-21 in Himachal Pradesh at an estimated cost of Rs 2,775.93 crore.

The construction, from end of Pandoh bypass to Takoli section, will be done under National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase IV B on hybrid annuity mode, a statement said.

“The cost is estimated to be Rs 2,775.93 crore including cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road to be developed is approximately 19 km,” a Road Transport and Highways Ministry statement said.

The project will help in expediting the improvement of infrastructure in Himachal Pradesh and in reducing the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying between end of Pandoh bypass to Takoli section, it said.

“The development of this stretch will also help in uplifting the socio-economic condition of this region in the state.

“It would also increase employment potential for local labourers for project activities. It has been estimated that a total number of 4,076 mandays are required for construction of one kilometre of highway. As such, employment potential of 77,000 mandays will be generated locally during the construction period of this stretch,” it added.

(IANS)

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