URGES CENTRE FOR ADDITIONAL ALLOCATION OF Rs. 150 Cr. UNDER CRF FOR 550th PARKASH PURB OF SRI GURU NANAK DEV JI
CHANDIGARH, NOVEMBER 25:
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday sought the personal intervention of Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari for expeditious clearance of road projects related to the historic towns of Sultanpur Lodhi, Batala and Dera Baba Nanak, associated with the life of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji, whose 550th Parkash Purb is being observed in November 2019.
In a letter to Nitin Gadkari, the Chief Minister said that he was grateful to the Government of India for acceding to the request of the Punjab Government related to the projects and announcements in this regard, especially the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor to facilitate smooth and easy access to devotees to Kartarpur Sahib.
In view of the historic importance of these religious towns, Captain Amarinder Singh sought additional allocation of Rs 150 crore under the Central Road Fund (CRF) for the upgradation of the road network in Sultanpur Lodhi, Batala, Dera Baba Nanak and Gurdaspur.
The Chief Minister also sought from the Union Minister four-laning of 21.300 km stretch (from RD 16.800 to 38.100, which is currently two-laned with 10 meter carriageway), at an estimated cost of Rs. 260 crore. This stretch is part of the Jalandhar-Kapurthala-Sultanpur Lodhi NH-703-A, an important highway which connects the holy town of Sultanpur Lodhi with the rest of Punjab and beyond. Certain stretches of this Highway (0.0 to 16.800) are already four-laned and byepass the Kapurthala town through a circular road but due to the expected increase in pilgrim traffic during the upcoming celebrations, it was imperative to four-lane the stretch of 21.300 Kms, he added.
The Chief Minister also impressed upon Gadkari to immediately declare the Tarn Taran-Goindwal Sahib-Kapurthala Road as National Highway, as it is related to the life of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji and connects Sultanpur Lodhi with Amritsar. He apprised the Union Minister that the Central Government, vide No. NH-14012/2/2015-P&M of 06.11.2017 has already given in-principle approval for declaration of aforesaid road as National Highway.
The Chief Minister further apprised Nitin Gadkari that in view of the announcement to open the Kartarpur Corridor, Dera Baba Nanak should be connected with Batala by a four-laned Highway to enable the devotees to visit Kartarpur Sahib by a short route.
Notably, Sultanpur Lodhi is of great religious significance as Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji spent 14 years here and attained enlightenment, before embarking on his missionary travels. In addition, other important places linked to Guru Nanak Dev Ji are Batala, where his marriage was solemnised and Dera Baba Nanak, where he spent the last days of his temporal life.