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Chardham Pariyojana

  • 27 May 2020
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The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has completed construction of a 440 m long tunnel below the Chamba town on the Rishikesh-Dharasu road highway (National Highway - 94).

  • The construction of the tunnel is a part of the Chardham Pariyojana.

Key Points

  • It is a programme taken up by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways for connectivity improvement for Chardham (Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri) in Uttrakhand.
  • The cost of the project is around Rs. 12,000 Crore.
  • It envisages improvement as well as development of 889 km length of national highways.
  • Implementing Agencies: Uttarakhand State Public Works Department (PWD), BRO and the National Highway & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL).
  • Project Mode: The work under the programme is being implemented on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) mode.
    • Under the EPC mode, the project cost is completely borne by the government.
    • However, the contractor is directly responsible for ensuring quality of the work as well as rectification of defects and maintenance of the project stretch for a period of 4 years after completion of construction.

Border Roads Organisation

  • It was conceived and raised in 1960 by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru for coordinating the speedy development of a network of roads in the North and the North Eastern border regions of the country.
  • It works under the administrative control of the Ministry of Defence.
  • It has diversified into a large spectrum of construction and development works comprising airfields, building projects, defence works and tunneling and has endeared itself to the people.

Source: PIB

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