The Pathankot Ajmer expressway is a proposed eight - lane expressway to be built across the states of Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan. The Punjab government lead by Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal had proposed the project in 2008. Reliance Energy limited have proposed to construct the expressway at a cost of Rs 8000 crore.
The 600 kilometer long expressway would connect Pathankot to Ajmer via Jalandhar. At present the 1526 kilometer long national highway no 15 which passes through Gandhinagar in Gujarat is the main highway in western and north western India. It connects Pathankot with Kandla port in Gujarat.
The Pathankot Ajmer expressway would begin at Pathankot and go via Jalandhar up to Mansa on the Punjab border with Rajasthan. About 325 kilometers of the expressway would fall in Punjab and the rest would go through Haryana and Rajasthan.
Pathankot is located at the meeting point of three north Indian states- Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Because of its geographical location, it is the travel hub for these states with a huge interstate bus terminus and four railway stations in the city itself. Jalandhar is an industrial city, one of the biggest manufacturers of sports goods in the world. Ajmer, in Rajasthan is midway between Mumbai and Delhi and lies on the route of the NH 8 connecting Mumbai to Delhi. Ajmer is close to the port town of Kandla in Gujarat.
With the development of a shorter and faster access on the expressway from Pathankot to the south of India via Ajmer, the trade and commerce between the northern and central states will get a boost.
Last Updated on : 06 April 2013