Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh reviews progress of All weather road

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eNewsDesk Bureau

DEHRADUN, April  12

Uttarakhand Chief Secretary reviewed the progress of the  Union Government’s ambitious project- All Weather Road at a meeting held at Secretariat in Dehradun on Thursday.

He reviewed progress work on ‘Char Dham’ road being constructed a cost of worth Rs 11,700 crore, through video conferencing on seven packages of the road. He discussed the various packages with the concerned District Magistrates of the road like 140 km Rishikesh-Rudraprayag, 160 km Rudraprayag-Mana,  144 km Rishikesh-Dharasu, 124 km Dharasu-Gangotri, 95 km Dharasu-Yamunotri, 76 km Rudraprayag-Gaurikund, and 150km Tanakpur-Pithoragarh.

He instructed the District Magistrates to properly dispose off debris coming out while constructing road and instructed construction agencies not to dump debris into the rivers.  He told them to dump debris in identified dumping zones mentioned in tender and instructed district magistrate to keep an eye on it. He instructed nodal agencies which include NH, PWD, BRO, and NHIDCL and instructed them to work on war footing to construct remaining 22 roads out of sanctioned 37 road by national authority. He instructed to finalize date for sanctioning remaining work under all-weather road.

Additional Chief Secretary Om Prakash has said that 80 percent work on land acquisition and 81 percent on forest land acquisition has been completed.  It is worth mentioning that works for 632 km road has been sanctioned out of total  889 km long all weather road in the state. An instruction was given to forest department officials to take appropriate work on 94 km long road coming under Bhagirathi sensitive zone. He held a discussion on problems being faced by nodal agencies on utility shifting and instruction was given to power corporation, potable water department to work towards it in order to avoid inconvenience to pilgrims.

He said that union government has sanctioned 13 more packages and work is on for tendering process. He said monitoring committee has been formed for eco sensitize zone. He instructed construction agencies to table disputed matters to monitoring committee.

While reviewing work on shifting electricity lines, Chief Secretary has instructed officials to shift identified electricity lines and poles till April, 20.  The power department officials said that identified electricity poles have been shifted on NH-125, and remaining identified 19 poles would be shifted on NH-94, out of identified 1146 poles, 814 poles have been shifted on NH 58, and remaining poles would be shifted soon.

While reviewing progress of Peyjal department, General Manager Engineer S.K. Sharma has said temporary potable water pipelines have been laid against damaged 24 potable water pipelines.

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