Roads links Char Dham to be repaired by Sept 30: Oscar Fernandes
The highways that connect the four religious pilgrimages (Char Dham) of Uttarakhand and were destroyed in the flash floods of June will be restored by September 30, said Oscar Fernandes, Union minister for road transport and highways, on Wednesday.
However, some restoration work might have to be extended to the first quarter of 2014, he said.
"The rebuilding of roads and highways (connecting Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamnotri) is taking time because the damaged stretches, restored after last month's massive flash floods, are again getting washed away by incessant rain," he said while addressing a joint conference with chief minister Vijay Bahuguna after reviewing restoration work in Dehradun.
Fernandes said the restoration process would also include a widening of roads and highways.
Fernandes said the restoration of infrastructure was being carried out under the direct guidance of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Hemkund - the famous religious centre of the Sikhs - would also be repaired by that time, he said.
"The Prime Minister is concerned about the situation in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand and wants that the rebuilding process is expedited and normalcy is restored at the earliest," Fernandes said
Admitting that rebuilding roads and highways in geologically sensitive Uttarakhand was difficult because of 200 slip zones dotting the region, he suggested their (slip zones) treatment would be carried out on priority.