Union road, transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday announced a six-lane express highway economic corridor between Delhi and Dehradun via Haridwar that will reduce the travel time. He said once the work on this economic corridor is completed in 2024, the travel time between Delhi and Dehradun would be reduced to around two hours from around 5 hours at present.
The Dehradun-Delhi expressway will be 210 km long, and the estimated cost of the project is around Rs 13,000 crore. Gadkari also dedicated four major highway projects to the public ahead of the Kumbh Mela and virtually laid the foundation stone of three other mega highway projects in the state at the VIP ghat in Haridwar.
NH projects that have been dedicated to the public are Muzaffarnagar-Haridwar four lane highway, Roorkee-Chutmalpur four lane, Haridwar-Dehradun four lane and Muzaffarnagar-Haridwar bridge across the escape canal in Haridwar.
NH also laid the foundation of three NH projects in the state, including a one-km long tunnel and a bridge in Rudraprayag, and launched the works on NH-309 in Almora and NH-119 in Pauri GarhWAL. The total cost of all these projects is estimated to be Rs 5,400 crore. PTI