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Rs 14.57 crore drained on Dehradun-Mussoorie road project still the road is unsafe for driving

For widening the Dehradun-Mussoorie road to run Volvo buses, the Public Work Department drained more than 14.57 crore INR but soon after the project was completed it was found that even after spending crore of rupees the dream of running Volvo buses on the route was left unfulfilled. CAG has raised questions on spending crore of rupees on the project. According to the report, after witnessing several possibilities of tourism in Mussoorie, the Tourism Department decided to run Volvo buses on the Dehradun-Mussoorie route. The State Government then proposed a plan for widening the Mussoorie road and also approved a budget of Rs 10.81 crore in the year 2013.

Rs 14.57 crore drained on Dehradun-Mussoorie road project still the road is unsafe for driving

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The highly ambitious Dehradun-Mussoorie road project failed to meet the road standards

The Chief Engineer of PWD gave a green flag to the plan on the condition that before starting the project the geometry of the road will be checked. On May 2013, a deal of Rs 10.32 crore was fixed with the contractor. A proposal of adding nine hairpin band and a plan to widen few narrow bends was also proposed in the project. The Department decided to fix the width of the bends to 4 metres. Thus, only 8 stages were cleared from the 17 stages of the project. A payment of Rs 10.78 was made to the contractor. For the leftover work Rs. 4.85 crore was assigned for the project which was completed by four contractors. In the presence of Uttarakhand Transportation Corporation officials, a Volvo Bus trial was done in the year 2015, in which the Dehradun-Mussoore road failed to meet the road standards and was proved unsafe for driving Volvo buses.

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