1. Chardham highway project: PM Modi lays foundation stone in Dehradun; here’s why it’s special

Chardham highway project: PM Modi lays foundation stone in Dehradun; here’s why it’s special

The Chardham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojna, or the Chardham highway project, is an ambitious initiative to improve connectivity to the Char Dham pilgrimage centres in the Himalayas.

By: | Updated: December 27, 2016 3:41 PM
Chardham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojna, Chardham highway project, Chardham project These highways will be built in Uttarakhand at an approximate cost of Rs 12,000 crore.

PM Narendra Modi today lay the foundation stone for the Chardham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojna in Uttarakhand’s Dehradun. The Chardham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojna, or the Chardham highway development project, is an ambitious initiative to improve connectivity to the Char Dham pilgrimage centres in the Himalayas. The project’s main objective is to develop around 900 km of national highways. These highways will be built in Uttarakhand at an approximate cost of Rs 12,000 crore.

Ahead of his visit, PM Modi tweeted, “Will visit Devbhoomi Uttarakhand today for the inauguration of a key infrastructure project, the Char Dham highway development programme. Char Dham highway project will lead to creation of over 900 km of roads. Connectivity & tourism will get a strong boost through the project.” “Adding of bypasses, tunnels, bridges & flyovers will ease travel. Proper slope stabilisation will ensure protection against landslides,” he said.

Watch: Details of the Chardham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojna

As stated by PM Modi, the project will make travel to the Char Dham (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath) safer and more convenient. The project involves widening the existing, geometrically deficient highway that connects the four abodes. Apart from widening, the road transport and highways ministry plans to improve the stretches to two-lane carriageway with paved shoulders, protect landslide hazard zones, construct bypasses, long bridges, tunnels and elevated corridors to ensure safety for the users. A team of experts is already on the job to identify zones that are prone to landslides. Environment friendly techniques are being incorporated in the design to make these zones safer.

The details of stretches proposed to be developed under “Char Dham” programme:

Chardham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojna, Chardham highway project, Chardham project The details of stretches proposed to be developed under “Char Dham” programme:

The cost would include civil construction as well as land acquisition, forest clearance and utility shifting. Work on the project amounting to Rs 2,000 crore has already been started under the Char Dham programme, particularly on the stretches which are free from encumbrances. Road Transport and Highways minister expects the project to be completed by 2018.

The highway network along Char Dham got severely devastated following the cloudburst in 2013. Assuming charge, the Modi-led dispensation decided to upgrade the national highways network in the upper Himalayan region. The roads leading to Gangotri and Badrinath are also equally important from a strategic point of view as these roads are used for supply and deployment to the defence establishments along the Indo-China border areas in Uttarakhand.

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    SASTRY
    Jan 3, 2017 at 1:01 pm
    Will visit Char Dham in 2020, Thank you Modiji
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      Mrinal Shastry
      Jan 28, 2017 at 1:58 am
      Environmental concerns shd be considered as we have seen the devastating floods right back in 2013...so proper evaluation and safety measures shd not be overlooked
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        benoy
        Dec 27, 2016 at 8:50 am
        well planned, hope the project will be finished on time.
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          Sanchayan Sarkar
          Dec 27, 2016 at 2:45 pm
          This is good both from economic and strategic point of view.
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            SATISH MODHA
            Dec 27, 2016 at 2:10 pm
            Wonderful project to boost tourism cultural heritage
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              Thenraj
              Dec 27, 2016 at 11:43 am
              Good to see this development. Everything should happen the way it is planned. If this projects gets completed, that will be a great help for the people of this country to make CharDham yatra in a better way... Let's hope for the best to happen...
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