Rs 1461-cr Smart Road & Buses project to be implemented in Doon

The Dehradun Smart City Limited (DSCL) had submitted an initial proposal to the Department of Economic Affairs for development of best in class transport road public transport infrastructure in Dehradun and Mussoorie. This Rs 1461 crore project comprising 80 per cent (Rs 1168.87 crore) external grant has been included in the smart road and public transport project. According to official sources, the total cost of the road will be Rs 1,368 crore while 100 electric buses will be operated at a cost of Rs 123 crore under the Gross Cost Contract (GCC) mode.

The total length of the smart road will be 61.10 kilometres which will comprise of 11 stretches.  These 11 stretches of smart road will have lights, drainage, multiutility ducts and other facilities.  These roads include the stretch of Chakrata Road from Kishannagar Chowk to Premnagar, Shimla bypass stretch to Premnagar, Haridwar bypass from ISBT to Haridwar Road, the stretch of Haridwar Road from Araghar to Rispana, the stretch of the ring road from Jogiwala Chowk to Ladpur, stretch of Raipur Road from Survey Chowk to Ladpur, stretch of Sahastradhara Road from Kirsali Chowk to Sai Temple, the stretch of Mussoorie Road from Mussoorie Diversion to Kuthal Gate, the stretch of Rajpur Road from Dilaram Chowk to Rajpur, the stretch of Saharanpur Road from Saharanpur Chowk to ISBT and the Mall Road in Mussoorie. According to officials, after construction, there will be no need to dig these smart roads which will be provided with various facilities including multiutility ducts.

Additionally, the 100 electric buses to be operated on GCC mode will have a concession period of 10 years.

This project will be wholly environment friendly.

The DSCL chief executive officer Ashish Kumar Srivastava said that of all the 100 smart cities, Dehradun is the first to receive external grant.

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