Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday urged Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari to notify 25 roads as National Highways and sanction developmental works for their up-gradation.

During a meeting with Gadkari in New Delhi on Tuesday, he said alignments of 25 stretches have been finalised and works on remaining 33 stretches shall be completed within fixed time frame.

“Himachal is a hill state with unique geographical and topographical conditions and roads were the lifelines and solution to ensure equitable development,” he said.

Thakur demanded for intervention in resuming work on national highway from Kiratpur to Ner Chowk as it was the main road that leads to Kullu-Manali.

He requested for taking up Pathankot-Mandi and Shimla-Mataour roads as four lanes keeping in view the heavy traffic on these roads.

Gadkari assured to look into the issues and directed the officers of the Ministry to do the needful and apprise him about the progress and feasible solutions.