Char Dham All Weather Highway Development Project

Between the clamour and furore for the preparation of 2017 Assembly elections in Uttarahand, prime minister Narendra Modi launches central government’s ambitious ‘Char Dham Highway Development Project’ or ‘Chardham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojna’  while addressing to the folks of Dehradun during his rally at Parade Ground on 27th Dec 2016. Modi says “this project is a tribute to those who who lost their life during 2013 Kedarnath disaster”.

What is Char Dham Highway Development Project of Uttarakhand?

Chardham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojna is a project of central govt. to improve the existing condition of Highways in Uttarakhand. In this project, the govt. will upgrade and develop the road which connects all four ‘Dhams’ i.e Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. The 12,000-crore dream project will turns 1100 km damaged highways of Uttarakhand into all seasons road. The project is divided into 7 packages which involves Tanakpur to Pithoragarh highway too.

Why this project was the die-hard need of Uttarakhand?

  • Known as Devbhumi, Uttarakhand is famous for its noted temples and heavenly destinations. Chardham and Hemkund Sahib Yatra is the backbone for Uttarakhand tourism and its economy.
  • Every year lakhs of pilgrims, adventure enthusiasts and other travelers visit Chota Char Dham, Hemkunt Sahib, Auli, Valley of flowers etc. because of damaged roads, landslides and accidents, many people lost their life every year in Uttarakhand.
  • This project will play the vital role in travel safety and the development of the state.

Benefits of Char Dham Highway Development Project:

  • It will boost the economy and travel industry in Uttarakhand.
  • Decrements in the numbers of road accidents.
  • Two lane road, bridges and tunnels will decrease the overall time (30% to 40%) of travel and fuel cost.
  • New signboards and security measures help drivers to drive more safely.
  • It will develop the trust and security between pilgrims and travelers for a safe journey.
  • New jobs helps local folks to make them financially strong which will decrease the migration.
  • It helps army in the security of Indian border along with China.

Highlight of Char Dham Highway Project:

A team of ‘Ministry of Road Transport and Highways’ under the supervision of cabinet minister ‘Nitin Gadkari’ has designed this project. It was first announced by him in Jan 2015. The highlight of Char Dham Development Project are:

The cost of the total project is about 12,000-crore which is divided into 7 Packages.

Char Dham Project in Uttarakhand

The 7 Packages of Char Dham Highway Project are divided between 9 destinations that are:

Char Dham Project UttarakhandLine Diagram of Seven Project Roads of Uttarakhand:

Char Dham Project Uttarakhand

A Survey team of central Government has submit their reports keeping in mind below works:

Char Dham Project Uttarakhand

900 km roads will be upgraded under this project, which connects all four Char Dham:

Char Dham Project Uttarakhand

  • Around Rs 3,000-crore project of this Char Dham Highway Development has already been sanctioned and tenders awarded.
  • Project includes widening of current geometrically deficient highways of Char Dham circuit, stretching and improvement of  900 km highway into two-lane carriageway with paved shoulders.
  • The project involves a series of 132 bridges, which includes 25 high flood level bridges.

Char Dham Project Uttarakhand

  • 13 bypass and elevated corridors of this project helps cities to make them jam free.

Char Dham Project Uttarakhand

  • Monsoon season is the most harsh season to travel in Uttarakhand, small and big river stream are responsible for damaging of most of the road in hills. River protection walls in possible zones, 3889 water vert will play a vital role in the safety of these highways.

Char Dham Project Uttarakhand

  • Apart from this, this project also involves protection of landslide hazards and shrinking zones with the help of steel nets, soil kneeling, gabion walls, square mess vegetation and advance technology  like geosynthetic treatment.

Char Dham Project Uttarakhand

The project also include the construction of 4 viaduct in which 775 meters long mountain via viaduct on Songanga river will uplift the highway to 25 meters!

Char Dham Project Uttarakhand

Two tunnels are also the part of Char Dham highway project which will decrease the 25.5 kilometres distance of these highways which will make roads eco-friendly and reduce the wastage of fuel and time.

Char Dham Project Uttarakhand

  • Apart from these, construction of emergency lay bays, 18 road side amenities and 145 bus bays are also the part of this project which turns the tired and hectic journey into a comfortable one. Along this, 9 truck bays will play an important role in the business development of the region.

Char Dham Project Uttarakhand

The seven packages of this project will start from Rishikesh, details of these projects are:

i) Rishikesh to Rudraprayag | NH-58 | Distance 140 km | Cost – 2166 cr

Char Dham Project Uttarakhand

ii) Rudraprayag to Mana Badrinath | NH-58 | Distance 160 km | Cost – 1542 cr

Char Dham Project Uttarakhand

iii) Rudraprayag to Gaurikund | NH-109 | Distance 76 km | Cost – 1106 cr

Char Dham Project Uttarakhand

iv) Rishikesh to Dharasu | NH-94 | Distance 144 km | Cost – 1627 cr

Char Dham Project Uttarakhand

v) Dharasu to Yamunotri | NH-94 | Distance 95 km | Cost – 1920 cr

Char Dham Project Uttarakhand

vi) Dharasu to Gangotri | NH-108 | Distance 124 km | Cost – 2079 cr

Char Dham Project Uttarakhand

vii) Tanakpur to Pithoragarh | NH-125 | Distance 148 km | Cost – 1557 cr ( Kumaon Region )

Char Dham Project Uttarakhand

Apart from development of highways this project also includes:

  • Land acquisition and
  • Rehabilitation of affected population.

Possible cons of ‘Char Dham Highway Development Project’ :

Uttarakhand is always a hot discussion between environmentalists as it is the part of the Himalayas, the region is highly sensitive zone with fragile ecosystem, which faced several natural catastrophe in recent years. We can say that it is a straight destruction of Himalaya. The discerning of environment are blamed to the newly constructed dams, roads, hotels etc directly. However, without drilling the mountains, progress of this project is impossible. The possible cons of this project are:

  • Hills of Uttarakhand are not as stable as in Jammu & Kashmir or Himachal. Widening of roads can increase the rate of landslides, specially in monsoon season.
  • Good road and infrastructure will boost the tourism sector which increase the number of travelers in untouched and virgin areas of Uttarakhand vice versa it can spoil the real beauty of Himalayas and fill it with plastic bags and bottles.
  • More number of vehicles and tourists in the area will increase the temperature of the region, which simultaneously increase the rate of melting of glaciers.
  • This project attracts the investors from around the world to do business in local region, which increase the numbers of hotels, shops, local businesses etc in the far flung areas. People will sell their farming land to them for business and instead of using traditional method like using their home grown food and resources. People will have to directly depend on markets.
  • This also increase the waste and garbage in the region which directly pollute the rivers like Ganga and Yamuna.
  • It also increase the population of peoples in the local region but basic facilities like hospitals, schools, connectivity, gas agencies are not available there. It can unbalance the ratio of forest resources v/s people which will directly effect the Eco-system.

 

Src: Nitin Gadkari Youtube channel

Char Dham Project Uttarakhand

12 Responses

  1. Utkarsh Mishra

    The will surely give a thrust to Uttarakhand Economy and probably would arrest the Migration.
    The Char Dham National Highways look pretty good for Uttarakhand’s fortune.

  2. Pranshu

    Very Nice article but with a lot of grammatical and general mistakes.
    It is not Bus Base or Truck Base, it is Bus Bays or Truck Bays i.e an extra lane for buses or trucks to stop by.
    This project will definitely boost the tourism and economy of Uttarakhand.
    And regarding concerns over waste management.
    Nepal has way more tourists than Uttarakhand and they still are way cleaner than any other Indian state. The citizen’s do not allow tourists to throw garbage here and there.
    Same can be applied to Uttarakhand.
    North eastern states do not use plastic that much to avoid these scenarios.

  3. Gaurav Chauhan

    Dear sir
    I want to ask a question can you tell me hows construction company make this road

  4. susheela rawat

    It is with respect to the land acquiring rules(Chardham all weather road project) that are to be followed in the construction of NH 58 from Rudrapragay to Mana .

    Dear sir ,
    the committee formed by the state /central government to acquire land that are coming under the area of NH 58 , has not properly followed the rules.
    In Pipalkoti, Gadora ,the committee have made a report without consulting the common people, Instead of this the committee has taken a report from the survey of Commdt 75 RCC BRTF Pipalkoti.
    In this connection , i have a land KHATA KHATONI NO 001 KHARASA NO 86 , AREA 0.053 hequter situated in gadora , pipalkoti attached to proposed NH 58 . ON our complains the dist. magistrate 3 sept 2016 formed a committee resolve the problems of landholders . But no committee members contacted the landowners of the area and submitted a one sided false report.
    Please looking into the matter and do the survey again

  5. Ashwin Jalavadia

    dear sir, May i know the name and contact for this char dham road project construction company who are going to build this road infrastructure,with latest
    technology using Geo textiles and quality of material for long life of roads.

  6. kailash rana

    any vacancy or junior or site engineer please contact me:9837818132
    i have done diploma in civil engineering in 2016 and worked with architect
    from 2012 to till date in software name autocad.

  7. Ganga Prasad

    No doubt roads in some areas will be feasible. However I am aware of one Central Government road currently under construction which has been very badly researched where the land is extremely steep and fragile, and also in a high rainfall area during monsoon. Already the monsoon destroyed the road section built in the previous spring. And it will be destroyed by monsoon EVERY year. Also the forest above and below will be destroyed by landslides from steep slopes and fragile conglomerate base. What tourist will want to come where all the forests are destroyed and animals scared away? What pilgrim will want to come when roads will be blocked every monsoon? This is bad politics, bad surveying, bad engineering, bad concept. Roads are needed but only where the environment is not destroyed. The concept should not be progress at all costs, but progress with intelligence and understanding of the outcomes.

Leave a Reply