The National Highway Authority of India has decided to construct six underpasses at the Haridwar-Kashipur four-lane NH74 at ₹110 crore to facilitate the movement of wildlife without human interference.
The Najibabad and Rajaji Forest reserve divisions have a significant population of elephants and thus, the underpasses will be immensely helpful in preventing casualties due to man-animal conflict. Besides, the underpasses will also address the issue of pachyderms blocking roads, causing inconvenience to commuters.
The agency will first complete the construction of the highway and then start working on the underpasses. They have already completed about 61% of the four-lane highway. However, the pace of the work has slowed down due to a limited supply of raw materials.