On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch and lay the foundation stone for a number of projects worth Rs 18,000 crore in Dehradun, ahead of the Uttarakhand Assembly election next year.
PM Modi is expected to arrive at the Parade Ground in Dehradun around 12:30 p.m. today
PM Modi will dedicate the 120-MW Vyasi hydropower project, as well as a 38-kilometer stretch of all-weather Chardham road on NH-58 between Devprayag and Shrikot and a widened 33-kilometer stretch of the Rishikesh-Badrinath national highway between Brahmapuri and Kaudiyala.
PM Modi will also lay the foundation for 11 infrastructure projects, including the Delhi-Dehradun Expressway, which would reduce the distance between the two cities from 248 to 180 kilometres. In addition, it will cut travel time in half, from six to 2.5 hours. If driving from Delhi to Dehradun presently takes six hours, it will just take 2.5 hours once the corridor is done.
The Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor will include seven key interchanges for access to Haridwar, Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Yamunanagar, Baghpat, Meerut, and Baraut.
PM Modi will also lay the foundation stones for other infrastructural projects worth Rs 220 crore at Badrinath, including a landslide mitigation project in Lambagad, which is on the road to Badrinath Dham.