Addressing the people at foundation stone laying ceremony of Delhi-Meerut Expressway, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said, “We are also working on a highway project which will reduce travel time between Delhi and Dehradun to about 3 hours.”

Addressing inauguration ceremony, Prime Minister Modi said,"Meerut is especially remembered for its key role in the 1857 first war of Independence.” He also recalled the dream of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for developed infrastructure.

Special guests on the occasion will include Union Minister of state General VK Singh, Sanjiv Baliyan, P Radhakrishnan, Mahesh Giri, Rajinder Aggarwal, Satpal Singh and MLA Vimla Batham, sources said.

District Magistrate NP Singh, SSP Kiran S and senior police and administration officials and BJP leaders scrutinised the rally sites and issued directions to make public aware about parking sites and diversion of traffic during the PM's visit.
Interestingly Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will not be attending the programme, owing to the so-called 'Noida jinx'.
Noida jinx, as per political circles, has in the past caught up with several Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh, including Veer Bahadur Singh, Narayan Dutt Tiwari, Kalyan Singh and Mayawati, who lost their chairs soon after visiting Noida.

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