New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of various projects worth around Rs 18,000 crore in Dehradun on Saturday. This includes the Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor (from Eastern Peripheral Expressway Junction to Dehradun), the greenfield alignment project from Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor, connecting Halgoa, Saharanpur to Bhadrabad, Haridwar, Haridwar Ring Road Project, Dehradun - Paonta Sahib (Himachal Pradesh) road project, Najibabad-Kotdwar road widening project and a bridge across River Ganga next to the Lakshman Jhula. He also laid the foundation stone for the Child-Friendly City Project, Dehradun, development of water supply, road and drainage system in Dehradun, infrastructure development works at Shri Badrinath Dham and Gangotri-Yamunotri Dham and a medical college in Haridwar.
He inaugurated seven projects which focus on making travel safer by tackling the problem of chronic landslides in the region, road widening project from Devprayag to Srikot, and from Brahmpuri to Kodiyala on NH-58, 120 MW Vyasi Hydroelectric Project, built over River Yamuna, Himalayan Culture Center at Dehradun and State of Art Perfumery and Aroma Laboratory (Centre for Aromatic Plants) in Dehradun.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said that Uttarakhand is not just the centre of faith but is the symbol of hard work and determination as well. That is why the development of the state is one of the foremost priorities of the ‘double engine government’ of the Centre and the state.
Dwelling on the benefits of connectivity, the Prime Minister said that before the Kedarnath tragedy in 2012, 5,70,000 people had darshan. It was a record at that time. Whereas before the start of the Corona period, in 2019, more than 10 lakh people had come to visit Kedarnath. “The reconstruction of Kedar Dham has not only increased the number of devotees coming for darshan, but has also provided many opportunities for employment and self-employment to the people there,” he added.
The Prime Minister expressed happiness about laying the foundation stone of the Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor. “When it is ready, then the time taken to travel from Delhi to Dehradun will be almost half,” he informed. “Our mountains are not only strongholds of faith and our culture, they are also the fortresses of our country's security. One of the top priorities of the country is to make life easier for the people living in the mountains. Unfortunately, for those who remained in the government for decades, this thought was nowhere in the policy-thought,” he said.
The Prime Minister concluded by assuring that “during the time of Amrit Kaal, the pace of progress that the country has picked up, will not stop nor get slackened, rather we will move forward with more faith and determination.”
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