Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of the four lane Rampur-Rudrapur-Kathgodam National Highway 87.
Speaking at the Ramlila Maidan, Rudrapur, Gadkari said that the new highway would facilitate trade and transport, thereby ushering in better facilities for the people.
He announced that Uttarakhand would be linked with the plan for promoting transport through rivers. He said 2,000km of national highways would be added to Uttarakhand at an expenditure of Rs 25,000 crore, said Gadkari. He said the government would spend Rs 11,000 crore on adding 900km of roads for the Chardham yatra.
Gadkari said that the government was in the process of developing lithium oil batteries through the ISRO after which battery operated vehicles would become popular.
Union minister of state for minority affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, chief minister Harish Rawat, Lok Sabha MP Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Rajya Sabha MP Tarun Vijay were also present on the occasion.
This 93km highway has been made into four lanes in two parts. The government has acquired land from 54 villages for making this highway. The journey from Kathgodam to Rampur or vice versa would likely be completed in one-and-a-half hour with average speed.
The NHAI has to complete the work on this highway within the next two years. This highway would promote trade between UP and Uttarakhand. The transport of goods from the state industrial and infrastructure development corporation of Uttarakhand limited (SIIDCUL) industrial estates to Rampur and Moradabad would become faster.