On December 4, 2021, Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi inaugurated 7 projects worth Rs 2,573 crore and laid the foundation stone of 11 projects worth Rs 15,728 crore in Dehradun, Uttarakhand (Cumulatively the projects worth around Rs 18,000 crore).
- Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami also participated in the project’s inauguration.
- More than Rs 1 lakh crore has been approved by the Centre in the last five years for the development of Uttarakhand.
About some of the Key Projects:
a.Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor:
i.PM laid the foundation stone for the Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor project, which will be built at a cost of around Rs 8,300 crore.
ii.The corridor will have 7 major interchanges for connectivity to Haridwar, Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Yamunagar, Baghpat, Meerut and Baraut. It will also have arrangements for rainwater harvesting at intervals of 500 metres and over 400 water recharge points.
iii.It will have Asia’s largest wildlife elevated corridor (12 kilometres) for unrestricted wildlife movement. It also includes the 340 metres long tunnel near Dat Kaali temple, Dehradun to reduce the impact on wildlife.
- Multiple animal passes are included in the Ganeshpur-Dehradun section for avoiding animal-vehicle collisions.
b. Dehradun – Paonta Sahib, Himachal Pradesh road project: PM Modi laid the foundation stone for the Dehradun – Paonta Sahib (Himachal Pradesh) road project, being constructed at a cost of around Rs 1700 crore.
i.The road-widening project between Najibabad (Uttar Pradesh)-Kotdwar (Uttarkhand) will reduce travel time and also improve connectivity to Lansdowne, Uttarkhand.
ii.A new Medical College in Haridwar, Uttarakhand to be constructed at a cost of over Rs 500 crore.
iii.The Haridwar Ring Road Project from Manoharpur to Kangri, to be built at a cost of over Rs 1600 crore.
iv.Construction of a bridge across River Ganga next to the Laksham Jhula. (The Lakshman Jhula was constructed in 1929 and is now closed).
v.Landslide mitigation project at Lambagad, Uttarkhand, and chronic landslide treatment at Sakanidhar, Srinagar and Devprayag on NH-58.
vi.The 120 MW Vyasi Hydroelectric Project, built over River Yamuna at a cost of over Rs 1700 crore was inaugurated along with a Himalayan Culture Center.
Note – PM mentioned India’s current intention of investing more than Rs.100 lakh crores on modern infrastructure.
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