Uttarakhand News

Centre sanctions 13 projects in Uttarakhand, 3000 cr for Char Dham road

Just few days after BJP won astounding majority in 2017 assembly elections in Uttarakhand, BJP government at Centre was quick to shift their focus on Uttarakhand. The central government sanctioned 13 water projects in Uttarakhand worth 1900 crore under the flagship Namami Gange project which aims to clean holy Ganges and its tributaries. Apart from that, the Centre also cleared a preliminary budget of 3,000 crore for the Char Dham all-weather road which is expected to complete by 2020.

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PM Narendra Modi visiting an exhibition during the launch of the Char Dham Rajmarg Vikas Pariyojna. (Image Source)

PM Modi used the term ‘Devbhoomi’ interchangeably for Uttarakhand in his rigorous election campaign implying the importance of Uttarakhand as spiritual, religious and cultural abode. In his speeches, the Prime Minister assured the Uttarakhand public of development and employment in the state.  That seems to be the case as BJP is taking its time to announce the ideal candidate for the Uttarakhand CM post who will deliver best in terms of governance.

Sewage Treatment Plant upgrade, installation at Haridwar, Rishikesh

The Union Water Resource Ministry have sanctioned around 400 crore budget for upgrading the existing sewage treatment plants (STPs) as well as installing the new ones. Being a revered pilgrimage destination, Haridwar is visited my million of devotees every year. A proper sewage network will be laid out in Haridwar to treat the sewage water generated by not only its 1.5 lakh dwellers but also the tourists and pilgrims visiting Haridwar.

In addition to that, the Centre has also cleared budget for diverting sewage water away from Alaknanda river which is a major tributary of Ganges. These pollution abatement projects will be installed at Joshimath, Rudraprayag, Karanprayag and Kirti Nagar to ensure a cleaner flow of the river downstream. Similar sewage treatment plants will also be installed at Rishikesh to remove the pollutants that get mixed in the river. The project will focus on tapping the drain water before it gets into the river by installing STPs in the region.

3000 crore budget sanctioned for Char Dham All-Weather Road

Seeing the importance of Char Dham from tourism and religious point of view, PM Modi inaugurated all-weather Char Dham road before the elections which will make the journey to the four revered shrines in Uttarakhand easier for tourists. Keeping to his promise, the Centre has sanctioned more than 3000 crore of the estimated 12,000 crore for the development of the all-weather road which is expected to complete by 2020.  The Char Dham road is expected to be 900 kms in length with 13 bypass, 2 tunnels, 25 large bridges and 3 flyovers.