Work on alternative route to Kedarnath on fast track

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dehradun
  • Updated: Mar 20, 2015 20:27 IST

To prevent the recurrence of indefinite Kedarnath highway impasse that resulted after the 2013 flash floods, the administration is working feverishly to strengthen the alternative route to Kedarnath via Tehri Garhwal.

Tehri route was especially used to send relief and transport to pilgrims stuck in the disaster.

While holding a meeting with the officials recently, chief minister Harish Rawat laid emphasis on maintaining the route that goes to Kedarnath via Tehri. The road is broken and full of potholes.

The administration has been told to complete the Rishikesh-Kirtinagar road on priority.

The Chardham Yatra is expected to begin shortly and the government wants all the preparations complete before it -- particularly the roads that connect Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamnotri and Gangotri from Rishikesh.

“Work must also be carried out on the alternate route from Vittal Ashram near Rishikesh,” the CM told the officials.

The irrigation department will carry out the work of building retaining walls in the sliding zones areas that falls along the national highways. Earth moving machines would also be stationed near the zones where incidents of landslides are frequent, said the government sources.

According to officials, the CM has asked the Rudraprayag district magistrate to pay special attention to routes from Rudraprayag to Sonprayag.

The government has also given its nod for releasing Rs 4 crore to repair Herbertpur-Yamunotri route.

Besides, the Uttarkashi district magistrate has been asked to hold inspection of roads with the officers of PWD.

To provide help in times of emergency, the Uttarkashi district administration has been asked to identify areas near Harshil and Badkot, where the teams of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) will be deployed.

Since a large number of Sikh pilgrims visit the revered Hemkunt Sahib in the Chamoli district, the officials are busy getting the motor road till Gurudwara Sahib reconstructed. Also a rest house is under construction at Govindghat – the major halt where pilgrims going to Gurudwara stay.

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