Six-lane highway on NH-1 inaugurated

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Panipat, Jul 16 (UNI) Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways T R Baalu along with Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today inaugurated the Panipat six-lane elevated highway on NH-1.

The highway would ease acute congestion in the Panipat city ensuring relief and a smooth ride to the commuters shutlling between Delhi and Chandigarh and also those travelling to Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

The project has been completed six months ahead of schedule.

It would now take 8 to 10 minutes to cross the 10 km stretch during the peak hours in contrast to the earlier travel time of one hour. A toll plaza has been provided at the end of the stretch for collection of user fee.

Addressing the audience and the press, Mr Baalu said, ''I would like to place on record my special appreciation to the National Highway Authority of India as well as the Concessionaire M/s L &T Panipat Elevated Corridor Ltd for having completed this impressive project six months ahead of schedule.'' ''I would also like to express my gratitude to the Chief Minister and government of Haryana for their active cooperation and facilitation in various projects undertaken by us. Together, I am sure we will put in a world class road infrastructure in place in Haryana," he added.

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