The central government on May 5 approved highway projects that would be built in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh under highways building programme NHDP.
The projects, which are worth Rs 4,428-crore, have been approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) and proposes to turn the Lucknow-Sultanpur section on NH-56 into 4 lane roads and the the Shimla Bypass that is the Kaithlighat to Shimla section on NH-22 to two lanes of two-lane formation.
The cost of the Lucknow-Sultanpur project is estimated to be Rs 2844.72 crore which includes the cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation, along with the other pre-construction costs.
Whereas the Kaithlighat to Shimla project will cost approximately Rs 1,583.18 crore, including all the above mentioned costs.
The total length Lucknow-Sultanpur road would be approximately 128 kms, and Kaithlighat to Shimla road would be approximately 28 kms.
The announcement about the project was made via a statement issued by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
The statement said that the the Lucknow-Sultanpur project was under NHDP Phase-IV where as the Shimla Bypass project was under the NHDP Phase-III.
They also added that the main objective of these project was to improve infrastructures in Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, and also to reduce the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic plying on these routes.