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Ropar DC seeks better road links with HP, writes to govt


Ropar DC seeks better road links with HP, writes to govt

Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service
Ropar, June 13

Ropar Deputy Commissioner Sumeet Kumar Jarangal has sent a proposal to the state government, seeking better road connectivity from the district to the industrial towns of Baddi and Nalagarh in adjoining Himachal Pradesh.

For this, the state needs to construct merely 2.67-km stretch to reach the HP border as a metalled road is already available till Bardar village.

Jarangal said the new road stretch would reduce the distance between dozens of villages in the Purkhali-Bardar area to just 12 km.

Hundreds of people from the area go to work in the factories of HP every day. Locals from both the states have already carved out a kuccha track from the private lands to go to Baddi. This dusty track, however, remains closed during the rainy season and the commuters have to go via Siswan road covering a distance of 37 km, which takes more than an hour to reach the town.

The demand to construct a road on this route is nearly two decades old, following which even a survey was conducted by the PWD officials in 2005. Moreover, there was sufficient government land available for the new route in Punjab, still the matter didn’t move further, perhaps due to the involvement of the HP government as the major portion of the road was to be constructed on the other side of the border, said a PWD official.

Even in 2015, the then local MLA and Cabinet minister, Daljit Singh Cheema, had taken up the matter with then Punjab CM, Parkash Singh Badal, but to no avail.

The DC said the locals had put up the demand before him when he was in Tanda village on the HP border on Wednesday, following which he visited the area. A proposal in this regard has been sent to the PWD secretary, he said.

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