DEHRADUN: Union minister for road transport & highways, shipping and water resources, river development & Ganga rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari on Monday expressed satisfaction over the pace of work for the ongoing Char Dham all-weather highway project. “The land acquisition work is being done on a rapid pace and the concerned officials have made sincere efforts,” said Gadkari
The minister along with chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat reviewed progress of the construction work carried out till date under the project on the Char Dham route.
Gadkari said that the BJP is committed to developing a new Uttarakhand by 2019 and said that efforts are going on to develop a network of roads for better connectivity across the state. However, it is essential that trees have to be felled for construction work, but provisions are also being made to plant 10 saplings for each tree being felled, he added.
The minister was also of the view that ropeways and funicular (also known as an inclined plane or cliff railway, is a type of cable railway) would help improve transportation scenario in the hills. “Besides reducing travel time it will also help to bring down pollution levels and congestion on the roads. A journey which presently takes three to four hours can be covered in 12 minutes in ropeways,” Gadkari added. He further stated that efforts are on to have bio-CNG vehicles in Haridwar.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone for the Rs 11,700 crore all-weather road project for the Char Dham route for which the state government has been working on a top priority mode. Around Rs 11,700 crore would be spent for construction of 889 km of roads. For the two-lane project, a tunnel would be constructed in the Chamba area of Tehri district and Radi Top of Uttarkashi district. On the entire stretch, 15 big bridges and 101 small bridges would be built. Besides, there would be 3,596 culverts, 12 by-pass and slide zone protect at 29 locations. Crash barriers would be set up on the entire route and there would be 33 public convenience centres at a distance of 30 to 50-km.
The entire project involves the construction of seven roads. The first being 140-km Rishikesh-Rudraprayag road worth Rs 2,166 crore, 160-km Rudraprayag-Mana road worth Rs 1,542 crore, 144-km Rishikesh-Dharsu road worth Rs 1,627 crore, 124-km Dharsu-Gangotri road worth Rs 2079 crore, 95-km Dharsu-Yamunotri road worth Rs 1920 crore, 76 km-Rudraprayag-Gaurikund worth Rs 806 crore and 150-km Tanakpur-Pithoragarh route worth Rs 1,557 crore. A total of 534 hectares of land is to be acquired for the road project.