Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated seven projects and laid the foundation stone of 11 more projects worth around 18,000 crore rupees at a special function in Dehradun. This includes the Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor which will be built at a cost of around 8,300 crore rupees. It will significantly reduce the travel time from Delhi to Dehradun from six hours to around 2.5 hours. It will have Asia’s largest wildlife elevated corridor of 12 kilometres for unrestricted wildlife movement.
The Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor will also have arrangements for rainwater harvesting at intervals of 500 metres and over 400 water recharge points. 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 rupees. It will provide seamless connectivity and reduce travel time from Delhi to Haridwar as well. The Dehradun – Paonta Sahib (Himachal Pradesh) road project, to be constructed at a cost of around 1,700 crore rupees, will reduce travel time and provide seamless connectivity between the two places. It will also boost inter-state tourism.
A bridge across River Ganga next to the Lakshman Jhula will also be constructed. The world-renowned Lakshman Jhula was constructed in 1929, but has now been closed due to decreased load carrying capacity. The Prime Minister has also laid the foundation stone for the Child-Friendly City Project, Dehradun, to make the city child friendly by making the roads safer for their travel.
The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone for projects related to development of water supply, road and drainage systems in Dehradun at a cost of over 700 crore rupees. In line with the Prime Minister’s vision to develop smart spiritual towns and upgrade tourism-related infrastructure, the foundation stone for infrastructure development works at Shri Badrinath Dham and Gangotri-Yamunotri Dham has also been laid by the Prime Minister.
Mr. Modi inaugurated seven projects, including those which focus on making travel safer by tackling the problem of chronic landslides in the region. He also inaugurated the 120 MW Vyasi Hydroelectric Project, built over River Yamuna at a cost of over 1,700 crore rupees, along with a Himalayan Culture Centre in Dehradun.