New Delhi: The foundation stone of the proposed Delhi-Dehradun expressway will be laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. Built at the cost of around Rs 8,300 crore, the Delhi-Dehradun Economic corridor will cut the travel time between the two cities by a whopping 4 hours. “The Delhi-Saharanpur-Dehradun Economic corridor, work on which is underway, will reduce the distance between the two cities from 235 kilometres to 210 kilometres, and travel time from 6.5 hours as of now, to just 2.5 hours, once it is completed. This will be the country’s first highway where there will be a 12-kilometre-long elevated corridor for the protection of wildlife,” the government said in a statement.Also Read - Best Time to Invest in India, Says PM Modi at World Economic Forum's Davos Agenda Summit | 10 Points

Besides, PM Modi will also lay the foundation stone of multiple projects worth around Rs 18,000 crore in the poll-bound state. In a statement, the Prime Minister’s Office said, “A significant focus of the visit will be on projects to improve the road infrastructure, which will make travel smooth and safer, and also increase tourism in the region. This is in line with the vision of the Prime Minister to boost connectivity in the areas which were once considered far-flung.” Also Read - PM Modi Declares January 16 as National Startup Day, Calls Startups As Backbone of New India

All you need to know about Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor:

  • On this expressway, vehicle will be allowed to move at a speed of 100 kmph.
  • The expressway will cut the travel distance between Delhi and the Uttarakhand capital by 25 kilometres.
  • It will provide seamless connectivity and reduce travel time from Delhi to Haridwar as well.
  • The Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor will have Asia’s largest wildlife elevated corridor (12 km) for unrestricted wildlife movement.
  • The Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor will have arrangements for rainwater harvesting at intervals of 500 m and over 400 water recharge points.
  • The 340 m long tunnel near Dat Kaali temple, Dehradun will help reduce the impact on wildlife.
  • The expressway will have 7 interchanges connecting Haridwar, Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Yamunanagar, Baghpat, Meerut, and Baraut.
  • For the convenience of commuters, the expressway will function on closed toll mechanism, which means commuters will be asked to pay a toll for only the distance they travel on the highway.

Hydroelectricity Project to be Inaugurated in Dehradun

Bringing a respite to residents from traffic congestion across the holy city, the Haridwar Ring Road Project from Manoharpur to Kangri will also be inaugurated. It will also improve connectivity with the Kumaon zone. Also Read - Have to Stay Alert, But Avoid Panic: PM Modi at Meeting With CMs to Review COVID Situation in States

Other major projects to be inaugurated by PM Modi include the 120-MW Vyasi hydroelectricity project and a 38-km long stretch of all-weather Chardham road project between Devprayag and Shrikot on NH-58.

PM Modi will also launch the widened 33-km stretch between Brahmapuri and Kaudiyala on the Rishikesh-Badrinath national highway which is also part of the all-weather road project. PM Modi will also lay foundation stones for other infrastructural projects worth Rs 220 crore for Badrinath.

The Dehradun – Paonta Sahib (Himachal Pradesh) road project, to be constructed at a cost of around Rs 1700 crore, will reduce travel time and provide seamless connectivity between the two places. It will also boost inter-state tourism. The Najibabad-Kotdwar road widening project will reduce travel time and also improve connectivity to Lansdowne.

Developmental Projects in Dehradun to Tackle Landslide Issues

PM Modi will also lay the foundation stone for the Child-Friendly City Project, Dehradun, to make the city child-friendly by making the roads safer for their travel. Foundation stone for projects related to the development of water supply, road and drainage system in Dehradun at a cost of over Rs 700 crore will also be laid.

PM Modi will also inaugurate seven projects, including those which focus on making travel safer by tackling the problem of chronic landslides in the region. Amongst these projects are the landslide mitigation project at Lambagad (which is en-route the Badrinath Dham), and chronic landslide treatment at Sakanidhar, Srinagar, and Devprayag on NH-58. The Lambagad landslide mitigation project in the chronic landslide zone includes the construction of reinforced earth walls and rockfall barriers. The location of the project further adds on to its strategic significance.

As per the official release, a bridge across River Ganga next to the Laksham 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 bridge to be constructed will have the provision of a glass deck for people walking, and will also allow lightweight vehicles to move across.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said the infrastructural projects to be inaugurated by PM Modi will “prove to be a milestone” in the development of the state.

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During his visit, PM Modi will address a rally in Dehradun to kickstart a poll campaign for the upcoming Uttarakhand assembly elections. He is scheduled to reach the rally venue at 12.30 pm. The rally is expected to show a turnout of more than one lakh people. Sources said BJP has thrown all its might into making PM Modi’s rally in Dehradun a grand success.