Ladhowal bypass opens

Commuters using the road for past one month, say sources

Ladhowal bypass opens

Commuters on the newly constructed Ladhowal bypass. tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Harshraj Singh

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 13

The newly constructed Ladhowal Bypass stretch that links Ferozepur Road (National Highway 5) with National Highway-44 near Ladhowal Toll Plaza has been opened officially by the National Highways Authority of India.

According to the sources, the public had already started commuting on the stretch since the last month. Prashant Dubey, Project Director, NHAI, on Tuesday said the stretch is officially opened for public.

While going towards Jalandhar, many of the commuters coming from areas located on Ferozepur Road commonly used to pass through Sidhwan Canal Bridge, Aarti Chowk, Bhai Bala Chowk, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Jagraon Bridge and Jalandhar Bypass in the city before reaching Ladhowal Toll Plaza. A numbers of times, they had to face traffic snarls inside the city.

After construction of the Ladhowal bypass stretch, the commuters travelling from Ferozepur Road side can reach Ladhowal through new stretch via. road along Sidhwan Canal, South City area and Ladhowal Seed Farm.

Satinderpal Singh, a resident, said, “While going to Jalandhar from my home at BRS Nagar, I earlier used to pass through city areas and often faced traffic snarls. There are a number of traffic signals inside the city limit. Recently, I travelled through newly constructed Ladhowal bypass stretch. It was easy way for me to travel between Ladhowal and BRS Nagar as no traffic snarl was witnessed.”

It is required to mention that the Ladhowal bypass project was launched in 2017. Hundreds of properties were acquired for the project as per information. The total cost of the project is around Rs 577 crore and the length of the stretch under the project is around 17 km as per information. The previous deadline to complete the project was December 2019, sources said.

NHAI office inaugurated

An office of the Project Implementation Unit of National Highways Authority of India has been opened at Jainpur on newly constructed Ladhowal Bypass road. The office was inaugurated by RP Singh, Regional Officer NHAI, Chandigarh.

Project Director Prashant Dubey was also present on this occasion.

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