Union Roads, Transport and Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari has announced INR 1,000 crore for new national highways in Uttarakhand, and an additional INR 300 crore for the Central Road Infrastructure Fund, while assuring that every requirement of Uttarakhand in terms of roads will be fulfilled and the Centre will be at the forefront to help for ropeway and cable cars in the state.
The minister said that 42 works costing INR 615.48 crores were sanctioned at the request of the Uttarakhand Government under the Central Road Infrastructure Fund. In addition to this, the Centre also allocated INR 300 crores more for the project.
While meeting with the Union Minister, Uttarakhand Chief Minister also requested him for the approval of construction of a two-lane tunnel for Tehri Lake in Dehradun.
He said, “A total distance of 105 km has to be covered by the Mussoorie-Chamba Koti Colony motor road to reach the Tehri Lake from Dehradun, due to which the entire route is in the mountainous area.”
The tunnel is proposed near Rajpur in Dehradun, which will terminate at Koti Colony near Tehri Lake. The total length of the tunnel will be about 35 km. The estimated cost of the construction of the tunnel amounts to INR 8,750 crore.