Union minister of road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari has announced the new economic corridor between Delhi and Dehradun in Uttarakhand that will reduce the travel time from 6.5 hours to just 2.5 hours once it is completed.
"Announced the new Economic Corridor of Delhi-Dehradun for Uttarakhand today. The total cost of this 6-lane project of 210 km total length is 12,300 crores. The project will be awarded by August 2021 and will be completed by 2023," Gadkari said in a tweet.
The 210 km six-lane express highway is scheduled to be completed by 2023 and will offer new connectivity to the holy site of Haridwar in Uttarakhand.
"This will be the country’s first highway where there will be a 12-kilometre long elevated corridor for protection of wildlife. It has been decided to execute the project under EPC mode," a ministry of road transport and highways had earlier said.
The corridor is designed for driving with a minimum 100 kmph speed. "Wayside amenities every 25km-30 km have been provisioned for enhancing the road user experience. Closed toll mechanism would be adopted to enable pay toll only to the extent of highway used," it added.
"The development of this corridor is expected to boost the economy of the region being served by the highway, especially boosting the tourism in Uttarakhand," the statement added.
Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced in her budget speech that the construction of the 210 km corridor will be initiated in the current fiscal year.
For implementation purposes, its entire length of the corridor has been divided into four sections.
Section 1 starts from Akshardham Temple near DME and passes through Geeta colony, Khajurikhas and Mandola. It aims to decongest the North East Delhi and also enhance the development potential of Tronica city, Mandola Vihar Yojana of the Uttar Pradesh Government.
Passing through districts of Baghpat, Shamli, Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur, the tendering process of section 2 has been initiated in four packages. Land acquisition process is going on and forest/environment clearance proposal has been applied.
Section 3 starts from Saharanpur bypass and ends at Ganeshpur. Section 4 primarily passes through reserve forest in UP and Uttarakhand. Out of 20 km, 5 km is brownfield expansion, and 15 km is realignment comprising of elevated wildlife corridor(12 km) and approaches to the tunnel(structure 340m).
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