New Delhi: The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on Thursday said that the proposed Delhi-Dehradun expressway will cut the travel time by as much as four hours and promote economic development in the region.
Once the expressway gets completed and is thrown open to the public, the travel time will be reduced from 6.5 hours to just 2.5 hours.
As per the statement, it will be the country's first highway where there will be a 12-kilometer long elevated corridor for the protection of wildlife. The project will be executed under the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) arrangement.
During her budget speech, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the construction of the 210 km corridor will begin in the current fiscal year.
“The Delhi-Saharanpur-Dehradun Economic corridor, work on which is underway, will reduce the distance between the two cities from 235 kilometres to 210 kilometres, and travel time from 6.5 hours as of now, to just 2.5 hours, once it is completed,” the government said in a statement.
“Wayside amenities every 25-30 km have been provisioned for enhancing the road user experience. Closed toll mechanism would be adopted to enable pay toll only to the extent of highway used,” it added.
According to reports, the expressway will be completed in approximately two years. The government said that the land acquisition and environmental clearance processes are in the final stages. For smooth implementation, the entire length of the corridor has been divided into four sections.