May 05, 2022 Centre sanctions Rs 1,093 cr for Dehradun four-lane Following a three-year-long wait, the central government sanctioned Rs 1,093 crore to widen the two-lane Ballupur-Paonta Sahib highway in Dehradun and make it a four-lane stretch. The widening of the road, according to officials, will improve Uttarakhands connectivity with Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh. Earlier, in 2018, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had invited tenders for preparing a detailed project report (DPR) for the highway-widening project. Back then, the projects cost was estimated to be Rs 820 crore. Currently, the 41-km-long Ballupur-Paonta Sahib stretch of NH-72 is 10 metres wide. Following the upgrade, the road will be widened to 20 metres. Notably, the road was widened to a two-lane after it was made a national highway in 2007-08. The construction work is likely to begin in the next three months and would be completed in the next two years, according to NHAI.