Expedite nod to infrastructure projects, Char Dham: Gadkari

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Aug 2017 09:26:54



There should not be any delay in the Rs 12,000-cr project for developing 900 km of NHs in U’khand for improving connectivity to Char Dham pilgrimage centres, Gadkari said

UNION Minister Nitin Gadkari has sought to fast-track key infrastructure projects, including the Char Dham scheme, and reached out to all the stakeholders for quicker clearances. He minced no words saying there will be zero tolerance to any delay.

Chairing a meeting of a group of Ministers on infrastructure on Thursday night, Gadkari said 18 proposals relating to the ambitious Char Dham project were scuttled in absence of various clearances, pointing out that the decision to build new project was taken after U’khand catastrophe.

“There should not be any delay in the Rs 12,000-crore project for developing 900 km of National Highways in Uttarakhand for improving connectivity to Char Dham pilgrimage centres,” officials present at the meeting quoted Gadkari as saying. The meeting was attended by Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal, Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan, officials of various Ministries, including rlys and defence, as well as the U’khand Govt.

PM Modi had laid the foundation stone of the project last year with an aim to improve connectivity to Char Dham pilgrimage centres -- Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri in the Himalayas. During the meeting, the state officials flagged the notification issued by the environment Ministry declaring 40 square km near river Bhagirathi as an eco-sensitive zone.

Gadkari urged his forest counterpart to look into the matter as this is not just holding up the project, but causing delays in Namami Gange and border road programmes as well, the officials said.