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Have you travelled via the Delhi Amritsar Katra expressway? Even if you are planning to travel via this line, here are the details you need to be familiar with.

This line is in the construction phase and if everything goes smoothly, it is likely to be operational very soon. There are several details associated with this expressway that you need to know.

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The Delhi Amritsar Katra Project Details

  • As the name implies, this train runs from Delhi to Katra and crosses Amritsar on the way.
  • The project was announced back in 2016 and the report was finalized in 2019
  • It covers a net span of 670 km.
  • It is constructed under the Bharatmala Pariyojana
  • It is one of the ten expressways that has been constructed under this project
  • It is a mix of greenfield and brownfield expressway
  • The first greenfield section will pass through the following points: Sultanpur Lodhi, Goindwal Sahib, Khadoor Sahib, TarnTarn
  • It will end near the Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport near Amritsar
  • Right now, it has a four-lane wide controlled access expressway
  • There are plans in place to expand it to an eight-lane expressway
  • As many as 14000 acres of land will be acquired from Punjab and 5000 acres from Haryana
  • You can reach from Delhi to Amritsar in a period of 4 hours
  • You can reach Katra from Delhi in a period of 6 hours
  • The train passes through Delhi, Punjab, Jammu, Kashmir, and Haryana

The Reduced Time For Delhi Katra Expressway

Back in September 2021, Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways announced that the Delhi Katra Expressway will finish in 2 years that is by 2023. The project cost is estimated to be Rs. 47,000 crores. A major portion of this money is going to be spent on acquiring the land and the other part will be spent on construction.

Right now, the distance between Delhi and Katra is 750 km. When this line gets operational, the distance will be cut down to 572 km. This is also going to significantly reduce the travel time. Right now, the time is 14 hours, it will be cut down to 6 hours.

Similarly, the distance between Delhi and Amritsar will be reduced to 405 km and the travelling time will see a reduction from 8 to 4 hours.

The Proposed Facilities

Here are some of the facilities that are proposed for the Delhi Amritsar Katra expressway.

  • Truck stops
  • Fire brigades
  • Bus depots
  • Ambulance
  • Food courts
  • Trauma centres
  • Traffic police stations
  • Recreational centres

The Timeline Of Construction

  • The project for the construction of the Delhi Amritsar Katra expressway was formulated back in November 2019
  • The land acquisition started in January 2020
  • The route map was finalized in June 2020
  • The land acquisition started in Punjab from the Kang Sahib Rai Village area
  • A new greenfield expressway was added to Amritsar in June 2020
  • The NHAI divided the construction work into two distinct phases
  • PM Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the expressway in April 2022


When will the Delhi Amritsar Katra expressway become operational?

As per the union minister of road transport and highways, the estimated time for the expressway to become operational is 2 years. So, it should start by 2023

What is the estimated budget for this expressway?

The estimated budget for this expressway is close to 47,000 crores

How much land is likely to be acquired for the expressway?

It is believed that 14,000 acres of land will be acquired from Punjab and 5,000 acres from Haryana

Will this train cut the travel time?

Yes, once the train is operational, there will be a significant reduction in travel time from Delhi to Amritsar and consequently Katra.