Plans to build a Rs 2,000 crore (approximately $409m) express highway in Punjab, India, have been dropped after state’s farmers opposed government plans to acquire land.

The 104km highway was to connect the cities of Mohali and Phagwara in the state.

The plan to build the highway was announced in February this year and nearly 136 acres of land had already been approved for the project.

The state now plans to develop the existing Ropar-Balachaur-Nawanshahr-Phagwara road into an express highway.