Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for multiple development projects worth around ₹18,000 crores in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
He also laid the foundation stone of eleven development projects including the Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor (from Eastern Peripheral Expressway Junction to Dehradun) which will be built at a cost of around ₹8300 crore.
The corridor will significantly reduce the travel time from Delhi to Dehradun from six hours to around 2.5 hours. It will have seven major interchanges for connectivity to Haridwar, Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Yamunanagar, Baghpat, Meerut and Baraut.
With Asia’s largest wildlife elevated corridor (12 kilometres) for unrestricted wildlife movement, the 340 metres long tunnel near Dat Kaali temple, Dehradun will help reduce the impact on wildlife.
Speaking at the launch event, the Prime Minister said, “Today, India is moving ahead with the intention of investing more than Rs.100 lakh crores on modern infrastructure.”
He noted, “In the last 5 years, the Centre has approved more than ₹1 lakh crores for the development of Uttarakhand. More than ₹18,000 crores have been invested in today's developmental projects.”
Modi praised the construction of the Delhi-Dehradun economic corridor and said, “Today, I am very happy that the foundation stone of the corridor has been laid. When it is ready, the time taken to travel from Delhi to Dehradun will be almost halved."
Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami was also present at the event along with other senior officials.
Modi also laid the foundation stone for the Dehradun - Paonta Sahib (Himachal Pradesh) road project, being constructed at a cost of around ₹1700 crore.