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CABINET APPROVES SILKYARA BEND-BARKOT TUNNEL IN UTTARAKHAND

THE NEWS

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the construction of 4.531 km long 2-Lane Bi-Directional Silkyara Bend-Barkot Tunnel with escape passage including approaches on Dharasu-Yamunotri in Uttarakhand.

KEY-DETAILS OF THE PROJECT

  • The project will fall along NH-134 (old NH-94) in the state of Uttarakhand and built under Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Mode.
  • The project is funded under NH(O) Scheme of Ministry of RT&H under “Chardham Mahamarg Pariyojana” to connect the pilgrimage places-Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri.
  • The tunnel will provide all-weather connectivity to Yamunotri (one of the dham on Chardham Yatra) and encourage regional socio-economic development, trade and tourism within the country.
  • The project aims at the construction of 4.531 Km long two-lane Bi-Directional tunnel (along with 328m approach road) with escape passage on Dharasu –Yamunotri in the State of Uttarakhand.

Construction period

4 years

Estimated cost

Rs. 1119.69 crore

Funded under

National Highway (Original) scheme

Implemented by

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH)

ABOUT YAMUNOTRI

  • The holy place of Yamunotri lies on the western sides of Garhwal Himalayas, in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand.
  • Yamunotri (Uttarkashi), where the Yamuna originates is about 3,293 metres above the sea level.

BENEFITS OF THE PROJECT

  • Reduce distance: The tunnel will reduce the travel distance from Dharasu to Yamunotri by about 20 km and travel time by about an hour.The total distance between Dharasu and Yamunotri Temple is 76 kms or 47.2 miles or 41 nautical miles.
  • All weather connectivity: It will provide all-weather connectivity to Yamunotri (one of the dham on Chardham Yatra) and encourage regional socio-economic development, trade and tourism within the country.
  • Prevent traffic bottleneck: The project will construct bypasses, bridges, subways that will help in preventing traffic bottlenecks.

CONCLUSION

Once completed the tunnel will provide all-weather connectivity to the area and boost the regional socio-economic development, trade and tourism and as the project is determined to save the trees, it will set up good examples for other projects as well, to save the environment.

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