Work has started on the stuck Char Dham Yatra project in Uttarakhand.
Under this project, a two-way route will be available for the pilgrims traveling to Char Dham. Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said that the ministry has started work for early completion of the Char Dham project.
According to the ministry, the work was stuck due to technical constraints and is being carried out under the supervision of the monitoring committee of the Supreme Court. Under the plan, work on about 825 km long scheme is to be completed under 53 projects for Char Dham. According to the information received from the ministry, there has been a delay of about three years in this project and now all its technical problems have been removed, it is expected that the project will be completed with the help of the monitoring committee.
The technical work has been started by the Ministry on the route between Dharasu to Yamunotri and Rudra Prayag to Kedar Nath. Under the plan, the one-way route is to be converted into a two-way route. In the first phase of the scheme, the possibility of completion of this part is being expressed. According to the ministry, the target of this work has been set till March 2024. This will ease the way to Rishikesh, Badrinath, Rudra Prayag and Kedarnath Dham.
The ministry has also started work on the Rishikesh-Gangotri road from the China border. This initiative has been taken after the approval of the Supreme Court. Most of the problems in the Char Dham project were related to land acquisition. This matter had even reached the court. Only after this, the court has formed a special monitoring committee to complete the scheme.
The work of the committee is to remove the minor problems coming in the project. With the completion of this project, the maximum benefit will be given to the pilgrims visiting Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri Dham. At present, the passengers going by road have to get stuck in heavy jam for hours on this route.
The ministry’s report till May states that the project has so far been completed up to 72 per cent, which is in pieces along the entire route. A total amount of about Rs 12595 crore is estimated to be spent on this complete project.
Rishikesh bypass will be built, preparations have started
A new bypass will be ready to facilitate the journey of Char Dham and save Rishikesh from jam. The bypass route will save the main Rishikesh area from hour-long traffic jams every day. The central government has given approval for the route. Now the Ministry is preparing the detailed action plan of this project. This route will be about 17 to 18 km long. It will be started from Nepali Park and it will pass through Dakral Chowk via Rampur Gate.