Sikh religious cities Amritsar and Tarn Taran will also be part of the Delhi-Katra Expressway. In a high-level review meeting on Tuesday at the residence of Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari in Delhi, he said that Amritsar was always an integral part of the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway. There will be an investment of about Rs 25,000 crore in its first phase. It is being built under the Bharatmala Scheme. This will reduce the travel time from Amritsar to Delhi from eight hours to four hours.
In a meeting through video conferencing regarding the matter, Gadkari said that in the first phase it will connect Patdan, Bhawanigarh, Ludhiana, Nakodar, Jalandhar, Kartarpur, Kadian and Gurdaspur as a greenfield project, entering Punjab from Khanori. The 6-lane route between Kartarpur to Amritsar bypass will be developed as a brownfield project.
In the meeting, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Union Minister Jitender Singh, Minister VP Singh and Rajya Sabha Member White Malik, former Cabinet Minister Anil Joshi, MP Gurjit Singh Aujla, BJP National Secretary Tarun Chugh joined. To speed up the process of land acquisition, a meeting between NHAI and Punjab government officials will be held soon. The new greenfield connectivity route will be directly connected with the Amritsar Express Highway which will connect Sultanpur Lodhi, Goindwal Sahib, Khadur Sahib, Tarn Taran and Amritsar, starting from the village Kang Sabu on the Jalandhar-Nakodar National Highway. It will be found in Amritsar-Dera Baba Nanak road near Rajasansi Airport. Former Cabinet Minister Anil Joshi said that the Center has asked the Punjab government to get the land acquisition done soon.