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NHAI clears key section on Delhi-Nainital route

Driving up to Nainital from Delhi will become a lot easier, with the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) on Thursday clearing the Rampur-Rudrapur-Kathgodam section of NH-87 that connects Uttar Pradesh to Uttarakhand.

The section will be built on BOT Hybrid-Annuity mode in two packages, which have been awarded to Sadbhav Infrastructure Project at a bid price of Rs 1,336 crore.

The 93-km-long section, which is critical for connecting to Nainital, will have three bypasses at Rampur, Bilaspur and Haldwani towns. The project would be completed in two and half years.

The section is part of NH-87 starting from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh and terminating at Karnaprayag in Uttarakhand. The 4-laning of Rampur-Rudrapur-Kathgodam section would strengthen the road infrastructure and serve as an important link to tourist places like Nainital, Kausani, Ranikhet, Mukteswar and Almora.

On completion, it would save travel time for traffic from Delhi to Nainital and beyond in Uttarakhand, apart from reducing cost of travel by lowering maintenance and wear and tear cost of vehicles, says the NHAI.