Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur met Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari at New Delhi today. He raised the issue of speeding up construction work of various pending road projects including Parwanoo-Solan NH, Ner Chowk-Pandoh, Kiratpur Sahab-Ner Chowk besides early awarding of projects including Pinjore-Baddi-Nalagarh, four laning of Mataur-Shimla NH-88 Pathankot-Mandi NH-20. He also took up the matter of general repair, maintenance and restoration of all national highways entrusted to NHAI.Chief Minister requested for allotment of funds to the tune of Rs. 500 crore for implementation of ropeway projects in the state. He also requested to expedite approval for construction of bus stands on PPP mode and added that reports have been submitted to Ministry after visiting locations at Manali, Hamirpur and Baddi. He further apprised the Minister that Institute of Driving and Research was nearing completion and urged for remaining funds so that project can be completed at the earliest.Chief Minister also urged for declaration of Tandi-Sansari Nala state road as new national highway and it's entrustment to state Public Works Department (PWD) from BRO and also requested for entrustment of Sumdo-Kaza-Gramphu road to state PWD from BRO. He also demanded funds for maintenance and other works for Kaithlighat-Shimla bypass. He also urged for providing funds from NHAI to improve stretches of Swarghat-Ner Chowk besides Rs. 7.50 crore for Kullu-Manali NH-21.Sh. Gadkari directed the officers to resolve the pending issues immediately and asked the officers to complete four laning of Parwanoo-Solan NH by coming March and to resolve issue of restarting work on Shimla-Dhalli bypass within a week. He asked the state government to deliberate upon four laning of Mataur-Shimla NH-88 at local level and convey the decision to Centre so that it can be resolved soon. He also accepted the request of opening of office of Regional Pay and Accounts Office of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways at Shimla and it will be opened soon. He also accepted the request for entrustment of Sumdo-Kaza-Gramphu road to state PWD. Principal Secretary PWD Jagdish Sharma, Principal Private Secretary to Chief Minister Vinay Singh, Deputy Resident Commissioner Vivek Mahajan and senior officers of Ministry were present in the meeting.