Gohana: The Union government is contemplating the construction of expressway worth Rs 8,000 crore between Delhi and Chandigarh. Union Road Transport and Highways Minister CP Joshi on Sunday said the government is reviewing the ambitious projects and efforts are underway to approve the construction of the expressway along the River Yamuna.

Joshi also stated that the Union Government was also considering the conversion of eight state roads into national highways. The Union Minister’s declaration came after the requests made in this regard by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Hooda and Joshi laid the foundation stone of the project worth Rs 800 crore for four lanes of Rohtak-Panipat section of national highway-71 at Gohana.

The 81-km long project is likely to be completed by October 2013. The project would have three railway over bridge, three major and five minor bridges, 15 underpasses and six bypasses in this project.

Joshi said the government is considering the converting of eight state roads into national highways. He said apart from these plans, projects worth Rs 3,500 crore are under consideration and the Centre will soon give its approval.

On the occasion, Hooda said a state cannot progress without the support of Union Government. Meanwhile, Haryana Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala demanded a special package from the Union Ministry for roads in NCR.

JPN/Bureau