the tender for Kaithlighat- Dhalli section of the Parwanoo- Shimla four lane project to be constructed at a cost of Rs 3,914.77 crores has been awarded. The work would start in January 2023 and would be completed in three years. The new highway will bypass Shimla and reduce the distance between Kaithlighat and Dhalli from 40.1 km to 28.4 km.
The project has been divided into two stretches. The Kaithlighat- Shakral (17.46 km) stretch to be constructed at a cost of Rs 1844.77 crore has been awarded to SP Singla Const-Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (Consortium) while the Shakral- Dhalli (10.98 km) section costing Rs 2070 crore has been given to Gawar Construction, said A S Khural, project director, Shimla.
2 twin tube tunnels and 20 bridges will be built in the first stretch (Kaithlighat- Shakral) for which forest clearance is almost complete. The second stretch (Shakral- Dhalli) will have three tunnels and seven bridges, including the 580-metre extra dose cable bridge to be built 240 metres above the ground level at a cost of Rs 300 crore.