Haridwar: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has started surveying for the 70-km metro line between Haridwar and Dehradun on Tuesday. A team of engineers visited Haridwar and started work for geotechnical investigation and surveyed different sites in the city for the first phase of the project from Haridwar to Rishikesh (30 km).
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was inked between the state Urban Housing Development Authority (UUHDA) and the DMRC during the previous Harish Rawat-led Congress government. UUHDA’s secretary Meenakshi Sundram and director (business production), DMRC, S D Sharma had signed the pact for the project in 2016.
The project is slated to be completed by 2021 and will cover around 70 km. The project will also connect Rishikesh and the state government is trying to complete the project before the ‘Mahakumbh’ mela in 2021.
According to the district administration a metro station will be established in Jatwara bridge in Jawalapur. There is large scale encroachment in the area and the administration is trying to evacuate the people.
The metro line will be constructed in phases and the first phase will connect Dehradun and Rishikesh. Sundram said that in the second phase, the metro lines will be laid on Dehradun-Haridwar route.