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Large projects on to augmentation India's border infrastructure says gadkari

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Nitin gadkari

new Delhi. According to the government, work on a large number of highway projects including Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh is going on to improve the traffic infrastructure in the border areas. These works are being done by both BRO and NHIDCL. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that 17 strategic highway-cum-airstrips are also in the works, out of which three have been completed. Apart from this, work on the ambitious Chardham project of Rs 12 thousand crore is in full swing to keep Gangotri, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Badrinath all weather. The Border Roads Organization (BRO) has achieved a major milestone in the project by successfully digging a 440-meter-long tunnel under the busy Chamba city on the Rishikesh-Dharasu National Highway. "We have completed three of the 17 strategic projects where the highway can also be used as an airstrip. Work is progressing rapidly in the border areas," the Minister for Road Transport and Highways told PTI. He said that these projects, along with the Ministry of Defense, can be used as an airstrip if needed in border areas where there are no airports in the vicinity of 300-400 km. The Minister said that such sections of roads which are in remote areas and where the movement of vehicles is less, traffic will be controlled through electronic gates at the time of landing or flight of airplanes.

He added, "Apart from this, we have started a large number of projects to develop infrastructure in the border areas under Bharatmala. These include Rajasthan border, Jammu and Kashmir border, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh in the northeast. "Our aim is to make all-round development of such areas, promote industries there and create jobs." Approximately 34,800 km is being considered in the first phase of the Bharatmala Yojana at an estimated cost of Rs 5.35 lakh crore.

Gadkari said, "Better infrastructure brings industry and employment. Along with this, it will boost the value of agriculture and other produce in the border areas." A lot of work has been done on the Rs 12,000 crore Chardham project to ensure full year connectivity to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. . He said the tunnel would be opened for traffic by October 2020, which is three months before its scheduled date of completion in January 2021. He said that BRO is working in some of the most difficult areas and is ensuring the implementation of important projects. He said that recently the BRO has completed a strategically important road from Dharchula to Lipulekh, which is known as the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Marg. The completion of this project will make the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra more accessible. Dharchula – Lipulekh road is an extension of the Pithoragarh-Tawaghat-Ghatibagh route. It originates from Ghatibagh and ends at Lipulekh Pass, the gateway to Kailash Mansarovar. The height in this 80 km road varies from 6,000 feet to 17,060 feet. The BRO lost many lives in the construction of this road and 25 appliances were also badly damaged after falling into the Kali River. The minister also said that the government is constructing 22 green expressways to enhance the overall infrastructure of the country.

This post was published on July 5, 2020 5:12 pm

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