A sum of Rs 250 crore, under the Central Road Infrastructure Fund (CRIF), has been approved for Uttarakhand. Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India Nitin Gadkari gave a go-ahead for the amount when Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami met him in Delhi on Monday to discuss road conditions and upcoming ropeway projects in the Himalayan state.
“Some extremely important issues related to Uttarakhand were discussed. In some matters, the union minister has given his consent and in others, he has assured to approve them at the earliest,” CM Dhami said. A key point raised by the CM was to broaden the Damta-Barkot route leading to Yamunotri Dham. Once approved, the road would be an alternate way to reach Yamunotri, the highway to which often gets blocked in landslides.
A DPR worth Rs 367 crore has been prepared and Gadkari assured to take a call soon in the matter. The union minister also assured to soon allow the broadening of the 305-km Gwaldam-Simli-Jaublibi road connecting Garhwal with Kumaon. Dhami said that steps are being taken to finalize the alignment for the Dehradun Ring Road construction work by NHAI.