Dehradun, December 1:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be inaugurating and laying the foundation stone for several projects worth around Rs. 18,000 crore in Dehradun on December 4, including the Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor.
The PMO said in a statement that a significant focus of this visit will be on projects to improve road infrastructure, which will make travel smooth and safer, and increase tourism in the region. This is in line with the PM’s vision to boost connectivity in the areas which were once considered far-flung, it noted.Some of the projects to be inaugurated are:
The PM will lay foundation stone for Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor (from Eastern Peripheral Expressway Junction to Dehradun) which will be built at a cost of around Rs. 8,300 crore.
The greenfield alignment project from Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor, connecting Halgoa, Saharanpur to Bhadrabad, Haridwar will be constructed at a cost of over ₹2,000 crore. It will provide seamless connectivity and reduce travel time from Delhi to Haridwar as well. The Haridwar Ring Road Project from Manoharpur to Kangri, to be built at a cost of over ₹1600 crore, will give a respite to residents from traffic congestion in Haridwar city, especially during peak tourist season, and also improve connectivity with Kumaon zone, it added.
The Dehradun-Paonta Sahib, Himachal Pradesh road project, to be constructed at a cost of around Rs. 1,700 crore, will reduce the travel time and provide seamless connectivity between the 2 places. It will also boost inter-state tourism.
A bridge across the River Ganga next to Laksham Jhula will be constructed. The Lakshman Jhula was constructed in 1929, but has now been closed due to decreased load carrying capacity. The bridge to be constructed will have provision of a glass deck for people walking, and will also allow light weight vehicles to move across.