Dhumal seeks special package for road project

Shimla: To connect an upcoming rural agri-produce market, the government is looking to set up a dedicated transport corridor for which the planning commission has been approached to fund the project.

Chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal stated here on Thursday that a special package from the planning commission had been sought for construction of the road corridor from Parala. The road would pass through Neripul, Sanaura, Rajgarh, Banethi, Brog, Kanshiwala (Nahan bye-pass), Kala Amb and Shahbad and lead to Delhi.

The dedicated road for transporting of horticulture produce, mainly apples, from the Parala marketing complex was estimated to cost Rs 121 Cr. To set up Parala marketing yard, the state was investing about Rs 100 crore, he said.

Dhumal said that the road project had been discussed with the planning commission on 1st March, 2011 and an in principal permission was obtained. Farmers and orchard owners from Shimla, Solan and Sirmaur district would tremendously benefit for this transport corridor.

The new road would reduce traffic congestion along Shimla-Kalka highway and help farmers get remunerative prices in terminal markets, said the chief minister.

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