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Ministry seeks Rs. 5,000 crore to restore Uttarakhand roads, bridges

Moushumi Das Gupta , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 26, 2013
First Published: 01:58 IST(26/8/2013) | Last Updated: 02:00 IST(26/8/2013)

The Union road ministry has sought approximately Rs. 5,000 crore from the Centre to restore the highways and bridges damaged in the June 17 flash floods in Uttarakhand.

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Over 1,000-kilometre stretch of highways and nearly 190 bridges have been damaged in the flashfloods with many vital road links getting completely washed away.

The road ministry has prepared an action plan for reconstructing the damaged highways in the medium and long term which was presented to an inter-ministerial group set up for drawing up a time-bound plan for the state.

In its plan, the ministry has sought an investment to the tune of Rs. 1,000 crore for restoring the road network for medium term sustainability of the entire national highway network in the state. Vital road links would be restored in the medium term. Besides it has also sought approximately Rs. 4,000 crore investment for permanent development of the entire stretch including reconstruction of bridges, tunnels formation of embankments, etc.

As of now the ministry has released Rs. 50 crore to Border Roads Organisation and another Rs. 8.7 crore to the state Public Works Department (PWD).

"It will take three years to repair the damage," a road ministry official said.


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