Punjab Farmer to ‘move’ his two storey house 500ft for highway construction

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi took two years and ₹1.5 crore to build this house.
  • He moves the house 500 feet for the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra highway.
  • It has already been moved 250 feet from the current location.

A farmer in Punjab didn’t think he would ever have to move his whole house while he was building it. However, the unexpected construction of a highway left the farmer with no other choice. Today, the man is in the process of moving his dream house to make way for the national highway project.

Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi’s house was built on his field in Roshanwala village in Sangrur. With the house obstructing the path of the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra highway, Sukhi is now forced to move his two-storey house about 500 feet from the current location.

Although the farmer was offered compensation by the Punjab government to remove the structure, he changed his mind. Instead of demolishing the house, Sukhi decided to change the location of the house. Therefore, Sukhi has already managed to move the house 250 feet.

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Speaking about his decision, the farmer said, “It took me two years and ₹1.5 crore to build this house. It’s my dream project, I didn’t want to build another house.”

The highway is being constructed as part of the central Bharatmala project. The project to reduce travel time will pass through Haryana, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir. “The Delhi-Amritsar-Katra National Highway is an ambitious project which when completed will save time, money and energy for commuters traveling from Delhi to Jammu and Kashmir via Punjab “Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said in July.

Although you don’t often hear about moving structures, it is done in different parts of the world to preserve structures without disturbing an existing ecosystem.

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