During the meeting the Health Minister Shri J P Nadda pointed out that the section Kirtpur to Nerchowk on the Chandigarh Mandi Manali road, NH-205 is in dire need of repairs. This is the road which sees very heavy traffic due to the tourist traffic. It is the main life line of four districts of Himachal Pradesh namely Bilaspur, Mandi, Kullu and Lahaul & Spiti. It connects these districts with adjoining state of Punjab, Haryana as well as Chandigarh & Delhi etc. The Minister informed that the heavy movement of commercial traffic has also lead to its damage requiring urgent repair. At present, the road is in no condition of use for the local people, he stated. Shri Nadda also highlighted the fact that so no major repair/rehabilitation of this portion has been done for the last 7-8 years resulting into deterioration of this highway due to which a large number of accidents, many fatal, have taken place in the recent past.
Shri Nadda also discussed strengthening of Nauni-Brahampukhar road, which is major link connecting NH-21 and NH-88 as well as the Distt. Headquarter Bilaspur and Shimla. As many cement plants and hydro power projects are situated in the area, the resultant heavy volume of commercial traffic has led to deterioration of the crust and therefore immediate strengthening. In addition, the Health Minister pointed out that the Kandrour Bamta road also needs strengthening. Shri Nadda stated that it the repair work should meet high standards of quality, to which Shri Gadkari directed the Ministry officials accordingly.
The Transport Minister assured all help in ensuring that the work on the repair and maintenance is expedited. He has directed the Ministry officials to do the needful immediately and report the progress to him. He has also requested Shri J P Nadda to chair a meeting at Shimla of the concerned officials of the Union Ministry of Transport and Highways and the concerned officials of the state government to streamline coordination, and resolve the inter-departmental issues such as land acquisition, if any. The Health Minister Shri J P Nadda has agreed to chair the meeting which will he held very soon.