Amritsar Upcoming Expressways, Industrial Corridors & Hyperloop

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Amritsar the holy city is a treat for the senses, all of them… The Golden Temple is one of those places where a calm envelops you and you feel peaceful. The blue water, the hymns played in the background and the very feel of the place is a complete destresser. So much so that there is no better place to spend time in Amritsar.

Some of big Amritsar upcoming projects are as follows

Amritsar-Jamnagar Expressway

The National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) is set to finance the Amritsar-Jamnagar national highway project. The expressway one of the country’s longest highway projects would reduce the distance between the two cities by 10 percent. It is currently 1,430 km.NIIF is in advance stages of negotiation with the NHAI for the investment. Nearly 30 percent of the contracts for the proposed greenfield expressway has been awarded and the remaining are expected to be awarded by the year-end. Around 10-15 construction packages were awarded of which NKC Projects, VRC Construction, and Krishna Construction have bagged a score of them. NHAI is awarding 45-50 construction packages for this project, with each package costing around ₹400 crores for a length of about 20 km. The Amritsar-Jamnagar expressway is part of the top nine priority economic corridors to be linked through expressways under the Bharatmala scheme. The highway would pass through Faridkot, Bhatinda, and Abohar in Punjab; Sri Ganganagar, Bikaner, Nagaur, and Jodhpur in Rajasthan; and Radhanpur, Samkhiyali, and Jamnagar in Gujarat.

Delhi-Amritsar-Katra expressway

Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway: To fulfill the long-standing demand of the people of Punjab, the Modi government has announced new connectivity to Amritsar from Nakodar via Sultanpur Lodhi, Khadoor Sahib, Goindwal Sahib, as part of the Delhi-Amritsar Expressway. With this expressway, the time to travel from Amritsar to the national capital’s Indira Gandhi International Airport would reduce to around four hours from the current time of nearly eight hours, PTI reported. An amount of Rs 25,000 crore would be invested for the construction of the first phase of the expressway. According to the Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, the proposed expressway will connect the holy cities of five gurus of Sikhism.

Also, according to the Union Minister, the road from Amritsar to Gurdaspur would be fully developed and will be made signal-free. He further said that the greenfield alignment will provide shortest and alternate express connectivity to Amritsar as well as to other religious centers of Goindwal Sahib, Sultanpur Lodhi, Khadoor Sahib and the newly established Dera Baba Nanak/Kartarpur Sahib International Corridor. Gadkari said that the development of Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway has been taken up under Bharatmala Pariyojana. The expressway’s alignment was firmed up in January 2019 and the land acquisition process was initiated.

Amritsar-Kolkata Industrial Corridor

The cabinet on Monday cleared the Amritsar-Kolkata Industrial Corridor (AKIC) in a band of 150-200 km on either side of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor. The project, on the lines of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), will boost manufacturing units and agro-processing plants in the region.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved a proposal for a $4.5-billion special loan from Japan for DMIC, said an official statement.

According to the Cabinet decision, an AKIC development corporation will be set up immediately, with an equity base of Rs 100 crore. While the Centre will hold 49 percent stake in the entity, the rest will be owned by the state governments concerned and Housing and Urban Development Corporation. The Centre will provide a project development fund of Rs 100 crore to the corporation.

Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor

The Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) project is part of India’s Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) program, which aims to create one of the world’s biggest cargo operations. The EDFC project involves the construction of a 1,839km-long freight line extending from Ludhiana in the Indian state of Punjab to Dankuni near Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal.

The project is being implemented by Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL), a special purpose vehicle established by the Ministry of Indian Railways for the construction, operation and maintenance of the dedicated freight corridors. DFCCIL is also responsible for planning, development, mobilisation of financial resources and operation of the DFCs.

The main objective of the project is to support freight movement on the Eastern Corridor, which starts in West Bengal, and passes through the states of Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Haryana before finally ending at Punjab.

The project will ease congestion in the existing railway system, reduce travel time for passenger trains, and create additional rail transport and freight capacities.Work on EDFC-1 commenced in March 2013, while the entire project is scheduled for completion in 2020

Amritsar-Chandigarh Hyperloop

A hyperloop transportation project along the Amritsar-Ludhiana-Chandigarh corridor could reduce travel time from five hours by road to less than 30 minutes. Under the system, passenger pods will use electric propulsion and electromagnetic levitation under vaccum conditions.

“Punjab is very keen to be the second state in India after Maharashtra to build a Hyperloop system. Specifically, we would like to explore a Hyperloop project through the state of Punjab, connecting with other metropolitan centers in the country,” the Chief Minister said.

The Hyperloop project pre-feasibility study will be completed within six weeks. It will evaluate several measures, such as cost, demand, and socio-economic benefits of the corridor

Amritsar Railway station

 Indian Railways is completely redeveloping the Amritsar railway station into an airport-like world-class facility. The Amritsar railway station is one of the four stations which have recently been selected to be redeveloped on the basis of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model. The Amritsar station redevelopment plan aims to enhance the passenger experience by providing modern world-class amenities and interpreting the Sikh architecture for the station building in a contemporary manner, for the engagement of transit passengers, pilgrims, and tourists.

In this regard, SK Lohia, MD & CEO of the Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Ltd. (IRSDC) recently stated that the in-principle approval for inviting the request for quotation (RFQ) for the redevelopment of the Amritsar railway station was granted on the basis of PPP mode by the Public-Private Partnership Appraisal Committee (PPPAC) on December 20, 2019.



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