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Is Haryana well connected?

Is Haryana well connected?, naya haryana, नया हरियाणा

19th June 2014

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Despite Haryana showing signs of industrialization, it is way far from being a truly progressive state. There are major areas where the state has not been able to get its act together and one of them is its transport connectivity.

Railways is one area that has left a lot to be desired in terms of connectivity with areas such as Rewari, Jhajjar, Jind, Sonepat, Hansi and Meham needing something to be done on an urgent basis. The connectivity between the southern and northern parts of the state is an area that needs to be given immense importance as well. It is also important to make sure that there are more trains that connect different parts of the state with Delhi, which is where a sizeable portion of the state's population works.

Connectivity with Delhi by rail should not be only limited to the western cities such as Sirsa, Hansi, Hisar and Meham. With greater rail connectivity more people will be able to move to and from Haryana to different parts of the country   such connectivity is extremely important for business purposes especially for the smaller farmers who will then be able to take their products to more areas instead of having to persist with only a few options.

At the present moment only cities like Ambala, Karnal, Panipat, and Ferozpur have their own stations but this should not be the case for a state that is looking to project itself as an ideally developed one for anyone willing to see. The state capital Chandigarh also has a railway station but then that is hardly anything to be excited about.

As far as air connectivity is concerned once again the buck stops with Chandigarh. Delhi also receives a fair share of people traveling to Haryana. In proper Haryana, there is only one airport, which can be used for civilian flights and it is located at Hisar. It is a little bit strange that a city like Gurgaon or Rohtak does not have any airport of its own. Once again there could be serious logistical issues that are blocking the construction of airports in Haryana but perhaps the government needs to exhaust every possible option and see if there is any chance that an airport can be erected in the north Indian state.

Haryana roadways across the state despite being extensive do not match up to the standards across some developed states of India. There is an opinion in certain circles that the condition of most roads is far from ideal and serious work needs to be done so that they may be repaired at the earliest. The bus operations also come to a standstill during the night, which is when most people need them, and which   truth to be told   is common to most other parts of India. The contractors too have been taking the state for a ride with road layering peeling off at most places, thus making these difficult to commute on. Why aren't contractors made accountable for the roads?

It is important that the focus is on all-round progress that touches all the corners of the state rather than a few superficially progressive decisions that benefit only selected areas time and again.

References: Media reports

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