For Amit Shah visit, Doon turns Dubai

Doonites are happier than ever before. Reason: the state capital’s makeover carried out by various government agencies ahead of the two-day visit of BJP president Amit Shah

dehradun Updated: Sep 18, 2017 20:56 IST
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Potholes being filled in Dehradun on Monday.(HT Photo)

Doonites are happier than ever before. Reason: the state capital’s makeover carried out by various government agencies ahead of the two-day visit of BJP president Amit Shah.

The social media sarcastically thanked Shah, who will arrive in the state on Tuesday, and went on requesting him to come every now and then.

“Mota Bhai (referred to big brother in Guajarati), please come every month to Dehradun. At least government will gear up and take a note of the civic problems,” commented Akhilsh Dimri on his Facebook page.

Another user Mukesh Rawat added: “Someone ask Mota Bhai to come over to my colony, no one is concerned for the roads of my locality.”

In the last few days, various government departments, including the public works and forest, have been doing every bit to fill the potholes and beautify city.

On Monday, several employees from the forest department were busy planting more than 400 trees of date palm and golden bottle brush that were specially delivered from Uttar Pradesh on Sunday night.

Harish Chandra Bhatt, a forest employee supervising the plantation of trees in an empty field next to the state secretariat building, told HT that these tree species could be directly planted in the holes done by the earth moving machine. A date palm tree cost around ₹10,000 and 50 of them were ordered.

“Doesn’t it look like as we are in Dubai? Dehradun is changing sir,” a smiling Bhatt told this correspondent while pointing towards the trees.

The empty plot which is a disputed property was decorated with the date palm and other specie trees as the road passes through chief minister’s residence where Shah will be visiting and hold meetings.

Besides, the PWD tirelessly painted patches of the major roads from where Shah will be crossing. The potholes have been filled. The road that heads to BJP office has also been repaired so that Shah doesn’t feel ‘bumpy roads’.

The Haridwar-Dehradun national highway which had taken several human lives over the past few months due to abysmally poor condition has also got new lease of life.

Shah will land at Dehradun airport on Tuesday morning and will visit party office via national highway. It takes nearly 40-50 minutes to reach BJP office from the airport.

First Published: Sep 18, 2017 20:56 IST