Every year, millions of people travel to Katra from Delhi to begin their pilgrimage to the iconic Vaishno Devi shrine. In fact, not just pilgrims, the Delhi-Katra road serves as an important route for many traders and everyday commuters. Now, everyone will be able to reach Jammu to Delhi in six hours flat by 2023.
Now, Reach Jammu To Delhi In 6 Hours; Katra To Delhi In 6.5 Hours
Union Minister Jitendra Singh on August 12 announced that the Katra-Delhi Express Road is already under construction. If everything goes as planned, the corridor will be ready by 2023. Also, people will be able to cover the distance between Katra and Delhi in about six and a half hours. And, the distance between Jammu to Delhi will be covered in flat 6 hours. Union Minister Jitendra Singh took to Twitter to announce that work on the project has begun. Speaking of road journeys, here are 10 Precautions To Take While Planning A Road Trip Right Now.
Work started on historic Katra-Delhi Express Road corridor,to be completed by 2023. Will reduce travel time from Jammu to Delhi to only 5 to 6 hrs. Also simultaneous widening of 4 lane to 6 lane of National Highway between Pathankot and Jammu. #JammuAndKashmir pic.twitter.com/JodthltzhB
— Dr Jitendra Singh (@DrJitendraSingh) August 12, 2020
Katra-Delhi Express Road To Cover Major Holy Cities
The Katra-Delhi Express Road will cover some major holy cities and towns. Two such important cities are Katra, serves as the base for pilgrimage to Vaishno Devi, and Amritsar, home to the Golden Temple. Other important cities that fall along the route include Jammu, Kathua, Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Ludhiana. The estimated cost of completing the project is pegged at ₹35,000 crore.
Additionally, the highway connecting Pathankot and Jammu will also be widened, and the number of lanes will increase from four to six. Speaking of Jammu, here’s a virtual tour of the gorgeous town:
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Travelling By Road During Lockdown
Currently, travelling by road is selectively viable, and depends from state to state. It is advisable to avoid travelling for unnecessary reasons. If there’s a compelling reason though, we urge everyone to take umpteen precautions and follow the guideline set by the government. Till then, check out this journey of a 60-year-old Sadarji who drove all the way from Delhi to London: