Clearance to speed journey till Baddi

MOHALI: Travelling by road from Chandigarh to Baddi will soon take half the time it requires right now. After nearly six months of dilly-dallying; Union ministry of environment and forests has given Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) the green signal for widening the Mullanpur-Siswan T-point road, which at present is a poor alternative to the Chandigarh-Baddi road that passes via Panchkula.

Punjab government had given its go-ahead to the project, to be handled by a private real estate developer, six months ago. However, as the environmental clearance was not there, the work was hanging fire. Sources in GMADA said ministry's clearance letter arrived on Tuesday.
It gave approval to change alignment of the existing road.


Certain areas falling in the road's new alignment were previously locked under Punjab Land Preservation Act, 1900, and were delisted late last year. The reforestation plans for affected areas has also been given approval.

GMADA estate officer Balbir Singh Dhol said, ''Work would commence shortly. The building firm is hoping to finish it by the end of the year and it would go a long way in easing traffic chaos near PGI and Sarangpur areas.''

The stretch has shops on both sides for a considerable portion at present. After the project finishes, it would be a 200-foot wide road of 8km length. The stretch has gained notoriety for becoming a death trap with more than 21 accidents taking place there since January. Seven of the accidents were fatal and one involved a relative of former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh.




With this clearance the last impediment in the development of Mullanpur has been removed. I see prices moving north sooner than expected.
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