The construction work of the prestigious Delhi-Katra Expressway for the country and the state on various sections in the Jammu division will start next month. In this regard, the concerned Deputy Commissioners have been asked to expeditiously complete the work of distribution of compensation on the land acquired in Kathua, Samba and Jammu districts.

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The distribution of land compensation in the Samba and Kathua districts has reached the final stage. According to official sources, the National Highways Authority of India has allotted construction work to three different companies in Kathua, Samba and Jammu districts.

The companies concerned are preparing to start the construction work, and the work of completing the survey and other formalities is going on. The expressway will start near Keediya Gandyal bridge in the Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir.

This expressway, passing through 279 villages in about four-division districts, will be about 44 km in Kathua district, about 25 km in Samba district, about 72 km in Jammu, and 17 km in Reasi.

The construction work of the Delhi-Amritsar Katra Expressway is targeted to be completed by June 2024. After constructing the Expressway from New Delhi to Katra, instead of 12 hours from New Delhi to Katra, people will reach Katra, the base camp of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, in only six to seven hours.

Initially, the expressway will have four to six lanes. Later there is also a proposal to increase these to eight lanes. In addition, petrol pumps, hospitals, parking, commercial complexes, food courts, auto workshops, resorts and dormitories will also be prepared at many places in the express.

Amish Mahajan