No toll plaza at Sukhomajri bypass

PANCHKULA: Ministry of road, transport and highways have cleared that there will be no toll plaza at the and the entire project will be completed by 2019.

The 7.70-km long Pinjore-Sukhomajri-Baddi bypass was approved by the ministry of road, transport and highways.

Union minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the project in 2016 which was planned to build at a budget of around Rs 84.91 crore. 8 small bridges, railway underpass, 3-km long service road will be constructed in the project. The work was sanctioned on December 12, 2017.

Vijay Bansal, an advocate and president of the , filed an RTI from the ministry. He received a reply stating that only 20% of the work of this bypass has been completed till now and Rs 8.16 crore has been spent on the project out of the total Rs 84.91-crore budget.

Bansal filed a petition with the on April 30, 2015, requesting not to install a toll plaza at this bypass and also requested to make sure that work gets completed at the earliest as Pinjore and Kalka residents had to suffer a lot due to traffic chaos.

Bansal said: “The work is going on at a snail’s pace. The authorities concerned should speed up the work as residents are suffering due to heavy vehicles entry/exit in Pinjore and Kalka.”

The project was passed to benefit large number of transport vehicles and commuters to reach Baddi directly without entering Pinjore and Kalka towns.

Kalka MLA Latika Sharma said along with this project, the ministry also passed the Amravati under pass, which would be constructed at a cost of Rs 15 crore.

It was also informed through RTI that the project would be completed within twoyears from its start i.e. by December 11, 2019.

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