Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone in Dehradun on December 4 for a number of projects totaling over Rs 18,000 crore, including the Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor.
According to the PMO, a key focus of the visit will be on improving road infrastructure, which will make travel easier and safer while also boosting tourism in the region.
According to the newspaper, this is in line with Modi’s goal of expanding connectivity in previously underserved areas.
PM Modi will lay the groundwork for a number of infrastructure initiatives, including:
The prime minister will lay the foundation stone for the Rs 8,300 crore Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor (from the Eastern Peripheral Expressway Junction to Dehradun).
The greenfield alignment project for the Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor, which will connect Halgoa, Saharanpur, and Bhadrabad, Haridwar, will cost over 2,000 crore. It will provide a continuous connectivity between Delhi and Haridwar while also cutting travel time. According to the article, the Haridwar Ring Road Project, which would run from Manoharpur to Kangri and cost over 1600 crore, will alleviate traffic congestion in Haridwar city, particularly during peak tourist season, and will also improve connection with the Kumaon zone.
The 1,700-crore Dehradun-Paonta Sahib (Himachal Pradesh) road project will reduce travel times and improve connectivity between the two towns. It will also aid in the growth of interstate tourism.
Between Nazimabad and Kotdwar, a road widening project will reduce travel time and improve access to Lansdowne.
A bridge across the Ganga will be erected in conjunction with the Laksham Jhula. The world-famous Lakshman Jhula was constructed in 1929 but has since been closed because to a decrease in weight carrying capacity. The bridge will include a glass deck for pedestrians and will allow light-weight cars to travel over, according to the announcement.
The prime minister will also lay the foundation for Dehradun’s Child Friendly City Project, which aims to make the city more child-friendly by making the roads safer to travel on.
In Dehradun, a foundation stone will be laid for projects totaling over 700 crores that would improve water supplies, roadways, and drainage systems.
In keeping with Modi’s vision to construct smart spiritual towns and modernise tourism-related infrastructure, the foundation stone for infrastructure development works at Shri Badrinath Dham and Gangotri-Yamunotri Dham will be placed. A new medical college would be erected in Haridwar at a cost of over 500 crore, according to the report.
He will also devote seven initiatives, including those focused at making travel safer in the region by tackling the region’s recurring landslide problem.
These initiatives include landslide mitigation in Lambagad (on the way to Badrinath Dham) and chronic landslide treatment in Sakanidhar, Srinagar, and Devprayag on NH-58. The Lambagad landslide mitigation project includes the installation of reinforced earth walls and rockfall barriers in the chronic landslide zone. The strategic relevance of the project is enhanced by its location.
According to the PMO, road widening projects on NH-58 from Devprayag to Srikot and from Brahmpuri to Kodiyala are also being started as part of the Chardham road connectivity project.
A Himalayan Culture Center in Dehradun and the 120 MW Vyasi Hydroelectric Project, which was built over the Yamuna at a cost of over 1700 crore, will also be inaugurated. A state museum, an 800-seat art theatre, a library, and a conference hall, among other things, would be included in the Himalayan Culture Centre to help people keep track of cultural activities and appreciate the state’s cultural legacy.
Modi will also inaugurate the state-of-the-art Perfumery and Aroma Laboratory (Centre for Aromatic Plants) in Dehradun. The research done here will be useful in the development of a wide range of products, including scents, soaps, sanitizers, air fresheners, incense sticks, and other similar items, as well as the founding of related businesses in the region. It will also focus on the development of enhanced aromatic plant varieties with large yields.