Mussoorie is a popular destination in Uttarakhand that remains packed with tourists at most times of the year. This results in heavy traffic jams that disrupt daily activity. To ease things up, Union Road Transport and Highways minister Nitin Gadkari announced a 700 crore two-lane tunnel project. The prime objective of the project is to reduce the traffic congestion on the mountain road.

The Union Minister took to Twitter to announce that the project will be taken care of by the Project Management Consultancy (PMC). Elaborating more on this, he said that the tunnel will be 2.74 km long and would provide easier and congestion-free connectivity to Mussoorie town, Mall Road, and LBSNAA (IAS Academy).

Calling it a positive step, Chairman of Mussoorie Municipal Council (MMC) Anuj Gupta said that it is a long-term solution to traffic problems in the town. He also thanked the Union Minister for this decision .

Everyone in the town is quite happy with the decision. Commenting on the announcement, Uttarakhand Hotel Association president said that it is a welcoming step. “We witness terrible traffic jams at Gandhi Chowk during summers. Once constructed, this tunnel should help ease traffic congestion as the vehicles passing through the tunnel and going towards Gangotri-Yamunotri, Uttarkashi and Kempty falls can be diverted,” he mentioned further.

Mussoorie, the Queen of Hill Stations, has always struggled with traffic issues, mostly on weekends and public holidays. Given its proximity to destinations like Delhi NCR, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, the hill town experiences a heavy crowd that results in long hours of traffic congestion. Hopefully, the tunnel will be a long-term and permanent solution to the problem.

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