Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari performed inaugurations and laid foundation stones of several road projects through video conferencing from Manali in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh today.
On this occasion, Mr Gadkari said that roads are the prerequisite for overall development of any nation. He said, Himachal, being a tourist State, better roads in the State, would go a long way in tourism promotion. He said, within the next two years the travelling distance between Delhi to Kullu would be reduced to seven hours. This would give a big boost to tourism development in the State. He assured that all the roads, foundation stones of which were laid today would be completed within a stipulated time period. Mr Gadkari said, road projects worth Rs 15,000 crore would be awarded to Himachal Pradesh this year.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur thanked Mr Gadkari for dedicating and laying foundation stones of road projects worth Rs 6155 crore for the State.
Union Minister of State for Road, Transport and Highways Gen. V.K. Singh said that road projects worth Rs 2000 crore have been completed in the State and work was in progress on projects worth Rs 7000 crore. He expressed hope that in this Golden Jubilee year of its Statehood, Himachal Pradesh would progress leap and bound to become a Model State of the country.
Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Singh Thakur while addressing the event virtually from New Delhi, said that the road infrastructure in the country has witnessed unprecedented expansion. He said that the Centre would definitely provide more projects for Himachal Pradesh for strengthening the road network in the State.