Simar Singh | 17 Jun 2022

These Are a Few Interesting Benefits of the Delhi Amritsar Katra Expressway

These Are a Few Interesting Benefits of the Delhi Amritsar Katra Expressway

PM of India, Shri Narendra Modi Ji, laid the Delhi Amritsar Katra Expressway foundation in Palli Village in the Samba district of Jammu on 24th April 2022. The foundation was said to be laid on 5th January 2022, but due to COVID, it could not take place. The Delhi Amritsar Katra Expressway is a part of Bharatmala Pariyojana, an initiative the Government of India took to develop and improve efficient transportation in that area. The purpose of this project will solve the issue of highway sectors of India.  National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) owner of the Delhi Amritsar Katra Expressway has submitted a report to National Board for Wildlife stating that no aquatic animal in Beas and Kali Bein Conservation Reserves will be harmed. 

Wish to know the best part? So, now the distance between Delhi and Amritsar will be covered in 4 hours. To know more about the Delhi Amritsar Katra Expressway route map, cost, etc., continue reading the blog!

What was the purpose of introducing the Delhi Amritsar Katra Expressway?

The purpose of this project is to provide better connectivity between the districts of Punjab (Patiala, Sangrur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Gurdaspur, Tarn Taran, and Amritsar) with Delhi. Currently, if someone is looking for connectivity between Delhi and Katra and Amritsar, the fastest route they take is NH-44 or via a combination of NH-352, 52 and 703, 703B, 54, and 44. But when the new expressway is introduced, the travel time between Delhi to Gurdaspur will be at least 2 hours w.r.t NH-44 and four-hour w.r.t NH-352. At the same time, the travel time between Delhi to Amritsar will be reduced by a distance of 60 km w.r.t NH 44. With the introduction of the Delhi Amritsar Katra Expressway, accessibility of goods and services will be controlled, and no effect will be driven on the quality. Thus, the Delhi Amritsar Katra Expressway project was introduced for better safety, reliable infrastructure, and cost-saving and efficient improvement. 

Project Details 

  • The 670 kms expressway is an amalgamation of greenfield and brownfield expressways that will pass through Delhi, Punjab, Jammu, Kashmir, and Haryana.

  • The 4-lane expressway is expected to be expanded to 8. 

  • The project was announced in the year 2016, and the report got finalised in 2019.  

  • Delhi Amritsar Katra Expressway will pass via Bahadurgarh in Delhi to Katra in J&K (National Expressway 5), passing via Nakodar and Gurdaspur. 

  • The first split greenfield section will pass via Sultanpur Lodhi, Goindwal Sahib, Khadoor Sahib, and Tarn Taran and will end near the Airport of Amritsar. 

  • The second section will consist of the brownfield and greenfield expressway and will go direct to Katra and will bypass Kathua and Jammu. 

  • Delhi Amritsar Katra Expressway will also connect religious places of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir. Like Dera Baba Nanak, Goindwal Sahib, Khadoor Sahib, Tarn Taran, Vaishno Devi, and Sultanpur Lodhi. Delhi to Vaishno Devi route will become hassle-free via Katra and the Golden Temple in Amritsar. 

  • Punjab will use about 14000 acres of land, and 5000 acres of land will be used from Haryana. 

Time Saving Advantage by the Delhi Amritsar Katra Expressway

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As we know, the distance between Delhi and Katra is 750 km, but once the expressway project gets completed, the distance will be reduced to 572km. Currently, the travel time between Katra and Delhi is about 14 hours, but once the project gets operational, the travel will be reduced to 4 hours. As of now, the time for reaching Amritsar from the National Capital takes 8 hours, but after the Delhi Amritsar Katra Expressway gets operational, the time will be reduced from 8 to 4 hours. The expressway is expected to be completed by Oct 2023. The project is expected to cost Rs 47000 crore, out of which one portion of the money will be used for acquiring land, and another part will be used for construction work. 


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