Agreeing to the need for resolving the traffic bottleneck at Jogiwala on the Haridwar-Dehradun national highway, the Union minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari has asked the Uttarakhand government to submit a proposal soon regarding this. On the request of chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, who met Gadkari on Tuesday, the union minister also agreed to Rs 48 crore approval for the Dehradun ISBT road project.
Rawat thanked Gadkari for his important assistance in development of road connectivity in Uttarakhand. The union minister said that about Rs 225 crore has been approved for Rudraprayag tunnel construction and that necessary work has been started on this. Additionally, Rs 69 crore has been approved for strengthening of the old roads bypassed for new national highways in Uttarakhand. The CM informed him that Rishikesh-Bhaniyawala motor road is a short link route for the Char Dham Yatra. The Dehradun airport is also located between Rishikesh and Bhaniyawala.
However, currently this road is only a double-lane road. Considering the importance of this road, the CM requested Gadkari to declare it a national highway. Rawat also requested that proposals worth Rs 219 crore under the central road and infrastructure fund for 2020-21 be granted approval soon. Stating that approval in principle has been granted to announce six highways as national highways, Rawat sought that notification to this effect be made soon. These six highways with a total length of 524 kilometres include the Lakshmanjhula-Dugadda-Nainidanda-Mohan-Ranikhet highway, Pandukhal-Nagchulakhal-Ufrainkhal-Baijro highway, Khairna-Ranikhet highway, Buakhal-Devprayag highway, Devprayag-Gaja-Khadi highway and Biharigarh-Roshnabad highway.
Wednesday, 24 February 2021 | PNS | Dehradun