Work on the 219-km-long Pathankot-Mandi fourlane project can be expected to commence soon, as a detailed project report (DPR) has been finalised by the NHAI and submitted to the state government.
The cost of the project has been valued at Rs 8,000 crore. Quoting official sources, a report in The Tribune said that the preparation of the DPR had been completed well before time by Joint Ventures and Infrastructure Casta Limited.
Stating that the distance between Pathankot and Mandi will be reduced from 219 km to 171 km when the fourlane will be completed, the report said all major towns like Nurpur, Mataur, Nagrota Bagwan, Palampur, Maranda, Baijnath Paprola and Jogindernagar will be bypassed.
It has been proposed to construct eight bypasses, three tunnels, three railway overbridges and three flyovers. Special stress has been laid on minimum inconvenience to people residing along the highway and avoid dislocation of business establishments.
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