According to reports in Economis Times, the Road transport & highways minister Nitin Gadkari confirmed that his ministry was working on the plan.
What is exciting about this news for Jammuites is that the expressway will reduce the travel time between New Delhi and Katra to just six hours from the current 11-12 hours. 40% of the cost of this project will be borne by the government which means that the project is likely to be built on a hybrid annuity model. The government has already approved plans for the construction of about 1,000 km of expressways at an estimated cost of Rs 16,680 crore. The approved corridors are Delhi-Chandigarh, Bengaluru-Chennai, Delhi-Jaipur, Delhi-Meerut, Kolkata-Dhanbad, Delhi-Agra and Vadodara-Mumbai. It could be a hightraction project as the traffic flow, both private vehicles and freight, is good on the route.
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