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Chardham all-weather highway undertaking: Tanakpur-Pithoragarh stretch to be delayed as a result of COVID-19 lockdown

The scarcity of labourers, in addition to technical workers, has affected chopping, crushing, scorching mixing and quarrying work of the highway undertaking.

Chardham all-weather highway undertaking: Due to the scarcity of labourers amid the continued countrywide lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic, the completion of the Tanakpur-Pithoragarh stretch of the Chardham all-weather highway undertaking, a 150 km lengthy part, shall be delayed by round six months. The Char Dham undertaking will join Gangotri, Kedarnath Dham, Yamunotri, Badrinath Dham and a part of the route resulting in Kailash Mansarovar yatra. Recently, NHAI (National Highways Authority of India) Executive Engineer L D Mathela who’s answerable for the Chardham all-weather highway undertaking was quoted in a PTI report saying that the actual part was scheduled for completion in June this 12 months. But now as migrant labourers engaged on the highway undertaking have left due to the lockdown, it’s not more likely to be prepared earlier than the month of November, he additional stated.

According to the NHAI official, the scarcity of labourers, in addition to technical workers, has affected chopping, crushing, scorching mixing and quarrying work of the highway undertaking. Even if the undertaking’s building work resumes after May 3, 2020, it’s more likely to get affected by the onset of monsoon season within the months of June-July, Mathela stated.

During monsoon, frequent rain and landslides typically result in suspension of the Chardham undertaking’s building work, slowing its progress, he added. According to the report, the Chardham all-weather highway is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet undertaking and the progress of this undertaking is personally monitored by the minister.

Recently, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari stated that his Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is planning to set an formidable goal for freeway building at 60 km per day. This is to make sure the economic system’s speedy restoration from the shocks of novel Coronavirus pandemic. According to Gadkari, the event of infrastructure helps to generate employment, which provides a lift to the per capita earnings of the nation and likewise accelerates the economic system.

Recently, NHAI stated that 3,979 kms of nationwide highways had been constructed throughout the nation within the monetary 12 months 2019-20, which is the best building of nationwide highways ever recorded by the corporate in a monetary 12 months.

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