Apart from the five highways, the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has sanctioned two by-passes and one major tunnel near Swarghat in Bilaspur district, Dhumal told reporters here.
The five approved national highways are Hamirpur-Sujanpur-Palampur (59 km), Brahmpukhar-Bilaspur-Ghumarwin-Baijnath (11 km), Bharmour-Chamba-Dalhousie-Pathankot (133 km), Taradevi-Jubbarhatti-Kunihar-Ramshehar-Nalagarh-Ghanauli (106 km) and Chandigarh-Baddi-Nalagarh-Arki-Shalaghat (83 km).
Dhumal said the ministry has also agreed to sanction two more proposed national highways -- Slappar-Pandoh-Karsog-Tattapani-Dhalli (296 km) and Sainj-Luhari-Banjar-Aut-Bagidhar (97 kms) in the next phase shortly.
Himachal Pradesh currently has 11 national highways with a road length of 1,471 km.
Shimla: The Central government has sanctioned five more national highways to strengthen road connectivity in Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said here Tuesday.
First Published: Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 18:44