JAMNAGAR : With an aim to streamline road travel, the Union government is building several expressways, and one such project that is under construction is the Amritsar-Jamnagar Expressway. This 1,316 km expressway is being constructed to connect Amritsar in Punjab to Jamnagar in Gujarat. Crossing through the desert and sandy areas of Haryana, this expressway is expected to bring substantial benefits to the general public and facilitate the transportation of goods and businesses.
The current distance between Amritsar and Jamnagar is 1,516 kilometers, and it is anticipated to be reduced by 216 kilometers upon the completion of the expressway. The current journey duration of approximately 26 hours is predicted to halve to 13 hours with the completion of the expressway. The high-speed corridor is designed to accommodate vehicles at a speed of 100 km per hour.
A substantial portion of the Amritsar-Jamnagar Expressway, covering approximately 500 kilometers in Rajasthan, is now operational. Stretching from Jhakhrawali village in Hanumangarh district to Khetlawas in Jalore, the construction cost of this section amounted to Rs 11,125 crore. The opening of this green corridor is expected to streamline travel between major cities in Rajasthan and Haryana-Punjab.
The Amritsar-Jamnagar Expressway is set to benefit Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, and Gujarat. It will also be connected to the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway, facilitating easier travel to Delhi and Kashmir. This connectivity is expected to streamline road travel from Gujarat to Kashmir.
Moreover, the Amritsar-Jamnagar Expressway is anticipated to bring significant benefits to various cities, including Amritsar, Bathinda, Moga, Hanumangarh, Suratgarh, Bikaner, Nagaur, Jodhpur, Barmer, and Jamnagar. The infrastructure development of the expressway includes the creation of 5 railway overbridges, 20 river overbridges, 26 interchanges, 55 underpasses, and 311 small underpasses. Additionally, the installation of car charging stations at intervals of 20 to 30 kilometers along the route aims to enhance both convenience and sustainability.