Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Rajasthan section of the Amritsar-Jamnagar expressway on July 8.
- The expressway is part of the Amritsar Jamnagar Economic Corridor, covering a distance of 1256 km.
- It is a 4-6 lane partially access-controlled highway passing through Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Gujarat.
- The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has developed the project at a cost of Rs 80,000 crores.
- The funding for the project is primarily provided by the National Investment and Infrastructure Funds (NIIF).
- About 900 km of the expressway is a greenfield alignment, while 300 km involves the upgrade of existing national highways.
- Upon completion, it will be India’s second longest expressway, following the Delhi Mumbai Expressway.
The Amritsar Jamnagar Expressway starts at Tibba Village in Punjab and ends in Jamnagar, connecting several cities along the route, including Bhatinda, Chautala, Rasisar, Deogarh, Sanchore, Santalpur, and Malia.
The state of Rajasthan will be a significant beneficiary of this project, with 637 km of the expressway passing through six districts: Sriganganagar, Hanumangarh, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Barmer, and Jalore.
The expressway also has a substantial presence in Punjab (155 km), Haryana (85 km), and Gujarat (380 km).
The construction of the expressway involved eight sections, divided into five greenfield alignments and three brownfield upgrades. Various construction companies, including CDS Infra Projects, DRA Infracon, Gawar Constructions, GR Infra Ltd, Jiang-xi, MKC Infrastructure Ltd, and NKC Projects Pvt Ltd, have been involved in the project.
Notably, the expressway will connect three major oil refineries in HMEL Bathinda, HPCL Barmer, and RIL Jamnagar, making it strategically important. The completion of the under-construction refinery in Barmer is expected by March 2024.
Once fully operational, the Amritsar Jamnagar Expressway will significantly reduce travel time between Amritsar and Jamnagar, cutting it down to 12 hours from the current 23 hours.
Source: India Infrahub
|Expressway Name||Amritsar-Jamnagar Expressway|
|Highway Type||4-6 lane (partially access-controlled)|
|States Covered||Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat|
|Developed By||National Highway Authority Of India (NHAI)|
|Total Cost||Rs 80,000 crores|
|Funding||National Investment and Infrastructure Funds (NIIF)|
|Significance||Connects HMEL Bathinda, HPCL Barmer, and RIL Jamnagar refineries|
|Expected Travel Time||12 hours (previously 23 hours)|