New Expressway Project
Yes, it is now possible! If you travel from Amritsar from Delhi by road, it usually takes about 8 hours. The most popular way used by motorists is the NH44 via Delhi-Jammu Road to commute between these two cities. But it can now be shortened as the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways said Nitin Gadkar. He recently announced the construction of a new expressway which would help the commuters to cut the travel time by 4 hours!
The new highway is expected to be completed by 2023. This will be part of a 575-kms express road project connecting the two cities with Katra in Jammu. Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari permitted the ₹25,000-crore project to build this expressway.
The said project was proposed to be divided in two phases as a combination of a greenfield and a brownfield alignment.
First Phase: The first part is the length between Delhi and Gurdaspur, which will also pass through Ludhiana and Jalandhar. The greenfield alignment will have a direct link to Amritsar. It will provide alternate express roads not only to Amritsar and also other prominent religious destinations related to the five Sikh Gurus.
Goindwal Sahib, Sultanpur Lodhi, Khadoor Sahib and even the newly developed Dera Baba Nanak aka Kartarpur Sahib International Corridor in the state of Punjab will be included in the route.
Second Phase: The second part of this project is to evolve the existing National Highway 3 which is from Kartarpur to Amritsar bypass as a six-lane access-controlled expressway. Under this project, the road from Amritsar to Gurdaspur would also be fully developed and made completely signal free. The
commuters would have the option to travel to Gurdaspur onwards from Nakodar via Amritsar or via Kartarpur.
The alignment was finalized in a review meeting which was attended by Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab, and other ministers.