New Delhi: Minister of State (MoS) for Road Transport and Highways Gen (Retd) VK Singh will visit Uttarakhand for three days beginning today. He will be accompanied by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. Singh will review the progress of the Char Dham project with project engineers and officials. VK Singh will also conduct aerial surveys of Narendra Nagar, Chamba, Chinyalisaur, Dharasu, Barkot, Jankichatti, and Uttarkashi areas.
The Char Dham National Highway (NH) connectivity programme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December 2016 comprises projects of improvement and development of 889 km of national highways leading to Yamunotri Dham, Gangotri Dham, Kedarnath Dham, Badrinath Dham, and part of the route leading to Kailash Mansarovar yatra.
Projects under the Char Dham Programme include widening of existing roads along with adequate slope protection by way of erection of retaining walls and breast walls and by deploying drapery systems, nettings, anchoring, reinforced walls etc.
The projects include mitigation measures and stabilisation of chronic landslide & sinking spots as standalone project or part of road widening projects to avoid land slide and safety of road users. Bio-engineering methods like hydro seeding are being used for vegetative growth on fragile slopes for their stability.
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