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Char Dham Highway Project For Pilgrimage

Char Dham Highway Project For Pilgrimage
Char Dham Highway Project For Pilgrimage


Char Dham Highway Project For Pilgrimage

The Char Dham pilgrimage is the heart of every Indian. They visit the Devbhumi (Uttarakhand) once in lifetime least. In, recent times the Char Dham pilgrimage has become an ordeal for pilgrims because of the landslides and floods. It led to colossal human and material loss. The uncertain weather and terrain drove pilgrims from Uttarakhand.

An all-weather road network is an urgent need for pilgrims and the population. The central government seeing the plight of roads and infrastructure along the Char Dham geography inaugurated the ambitious Char Dham Highway Development Project in Uttarakhand. The all weather road under the project will connect the four major centers of Pilgrimage the state. They are Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. A of 882 Kilometers road will connect the four centers with Rishikesh. 12,000 crore dream project divided in seven packages and includes the Tanakpur and Pithoraghar stretch too. The Rudraprayag to Mana (Badrinath) is the longest section of 160 Kilometers. Rishikesh is the starting point while the Dharasu and Rudraprayag are pivots in the project. Ecologists have accused government and the executing agencies of violating the environment norms. But, the authorities have assured the NGT bench to adhere to the norms, in specific to sensitive Bhagirathi Basin.

It includes the four lanes of the road with tunneling at places. Road will have modern amenities and signboards for the safe journey for people and vehicles. It will offer a safe and swift journey to pilgrims. The tunnels, two-lane road and bridges will reduce the travel time by 40{e7dc6fb6a411593559bed1d9924d8030d60fc3f24c9293f7c98c249df74a0c2f}. With no other means of travel, roads are lifelines of Uttarakhand. Damaged roads and primitive amenities forced people to migrate to planes. In winter the pilgrim centres shut because of heavy snowfall. The villages up north migrate to warmer places in south. This is going on since ages. The all weather connectivity will give well sought respite from the mountainous difficulties. Other pilgrim center of Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib will have easy accessibility because of all weather road. The tourist attractions of Auli and valley of Flowers are falling on same road.

All weather road has strategic importance too. Road will help the quick mobilizing the army units along the china border. It was a long pending need of Army and Paramilitary Forces. Observers see the all weather road as the deterrent to any future enemy misadventures.

Pay off of this project is for the state, migration to other state will reduce by attracting more tourist. The economy with positive growth will help to enhance the low per capita income. A boost is to indigenous industry and diversify the tourism-based activities of the state. The all weather road will transform seasonal tourism of Uttarakhand to full-time profession.

With, environmental concerns taken care of, the all weather road is a God sent a gift to the people of Uttarakhand. It will bring the cheer and peace to the trouble-torn region. Well done Modi Government.

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