Uttarakhand News

Delhi to Dehradun in 2.5 hrs!

Dehradun: In a bid to cut short the travel time and distance between Delhi and Dehradun the Centre has given in-principle affirmation to the construction of an elevated expressway which will lessen the distance between the two cities to 180 kms, informed Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. The proposed expressway will reduce the travel time to 2.5 hrs!

SS Sandhu, chairman of National Highway Authority of India, had communicated the development of the project to the Chief Minister at his residence here on Monday, an official release said.

The chief minister congratulated the people of the state by asserting, “the construction of the highway will enhance tourism and boost its economic development.”

“It will reduce the distance between Dehradun and the national capital to 180 kms and the state government will extend all support to the NHAI for the construction of the elevated highway”, Rawat added.

In a presentation given by NHAI officials to chief secretary Utpal Kumar Singh about the expressway venture, informed that the execution will be done in three phases.

Fixing the estimated cost to Rs 3,250 crore, the first phase, will be 31.2 km long, connecting Akshardham in Delhi and eastern peripheral expressway, which will include an 18 km stretch of elevated road.

The second phase of 118-km-stretch will be constructed at a cost of Rs 4,830 crore which is the biggest among all the phases and will connect eastern peripheral expressway and Saharanpur.

The last phase will connect Ganeshpur to Dehradun by 20.7 km and will include construction of a 1.8-km-long tunnel, an additional tunnel of 400 meters near Dehradun’s Daat Kali temple and an elevated road of 6.8km.

Sandhu said that the expressway would be passing through the route adjacent to newly constructed tunnel near Mohand on the outskirts of Dehradun and through forest areas that come under the jurisdiction of Uttar Pradesh government.

At present, the distance between Dehradun and Delhi is around 250 kms.

With the construction of new highway travel time will be reduced between the two cities to two and a half hours.

Source: Times of India