New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Dehradun today (December 4, 2021) to inaugurate and lay the groundwork for a number of projects totaling approximately Rs 18,000 crore.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office, the visit will be heavily focused on projects to improve road infrastructure and boost tourism in the region.
“This is consistent with the Prime Minister’s vision of increasing connectivity in areas that were previously considered remote,” the PMO said.
Prime Minister Modi will lay the groundwork for eleven development projects, including the ‘Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor’ (from Eastern Peripheral Expressway Junction to Dehradun). It will be built at a cost of approximately Rs 8,300 crore and will significantly reduce travel time from Delhi to Dehradun from six hours to approximately 2.5 hours.
The ‘Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor’ will connect Haridwar, Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Yamunanagar, Baghpat, Meerut, and Baraut via seven major interchanges, as well as Asia’s largest wildlife elevated corridor (12 km) for unrestricted wildlife movement.
The Prime Minister will also lay the groundwork for the ‘Child Friendly City Project’ in Dehradun, which will make the city more child-friendly by making the roads safer for children to travel on.
The foundation stone will also be laid for projects involving the development of Dehradun’s water supply, road, and drainage systems, which will cost more than Rs 700 crore.
PM Modi will also open the ‘State of the Art Perfumery and Aroma Laboratory’ (Centre for Aromatic Plants) in Dehradun. According to the Prime Minister’s Office, the research conducted here will be useful for the production of a variety of products such as perfumes, soaps, sanitizers, air fresheners, incense sticks, and so on, as well as the establishment of related industries in the region.