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Four-laning of Shimla-Pathankot highway gets nod

Posted on Sep 03, 08:11PM | IANS

The central government has given its nod for executing the four-laning of the 300-km-long Shimla-Mataur-Pathankot national highway that passes through five districts of Himachal Pradesh, an official said here Monday.

The central government has included the highway under its National Highways Development Programme, said a government spokesperson.

The highway is a major contributor to the economy of the state and plays an important role for the development of tourism.

The spokesman said the main objective of the four-laning of Shimla-Mataur-Pathankot road is to reduce the time and cost of travel. Pathankot is in Punjab.

Official sources said Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma had also raised this issue with the chairman of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to complete four-laning of the road on priority.