This fact came to light in a written reply by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in the assembly on Thursday.

Virbhadra Singh said that the compensation for acquisition of land for the highway would be paid as per the National Highway Act of 1956. Official sources said that the four-laning of the 88-km stretch would cost Rs 2,730 crore and would shorten the distance by 17 km.
The construction work to be executed by the National Highways Authority of India is likely to get completed within three years.

The chief minister had informed the house last year that 16 bridges, including five over the Kalka-Shimla rail track, would be constructed with its four-laning. He said the project required acquisition of 105 hectares of forest land and 101 hectares of private land.

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