Rehabilitation of road network in Uttarakhand and Himachal in full swing
New Delhi: The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is continuing with the daunting task of rehabilitation of road network in natural calamity-hit Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. As per the latest figures, the BRO has pressed into service more than 120 excavators and bulldozers in the rehabilitation works. The damages are so massive that about 30 km of road has to be made afresh.
Around 4000 BRO personnel and laborers are working to complete the task on war footing.The main focus at present is to keep all the main axes open and connect the places which are still cutoff by road. Due to heavy rains in the entire region road clearance work was again hampered at many places and roads blocked due to fresh landslides and breaches. However these are being cleared quickly. Despite all odds BRO has kept open both the main axis i.e. Rishikesh - Uttarkashi and Rishikesh Joshimath - Govindghat. A readymade foot bridge has been launched at Pandukeshwar across river Alaknanda near Govidgaht on Joshimath - Badrinath axis.
This has enabled the faster evacuation of stranded passengers from Badrinath. The road wise status is as under: Road Rishikesh-Dharasu-Uttarkashi-Gangotri: - Road up to Uttarkashi is opened. However there are two trouble points near Dharashu. Machinery have been deployed at these locations. Beyond Uttarkashi there are road breach at as many as 30 locations. The work is going on these points by dividing the sector in four sections. Road clearance work has been started from Gangotri side also, and road has been opened up to Harshil. A part of the road between Harshil and Urratkashi has also been cleared.
The road between Uttarkashi and Harshil has suffered major damages. BRO has made several foot tracks to help stranded passengers and also provided shelters food and transportation to pilgrims. Road Rishikesh-Joshimath-Badrinath- Mana: - The axis has been kept open despite heavy rains and fresh damages at many places up to km 496 (Govindghat). There are 2- 3 trouble points in between, one at Srinagar and another at Sirobhgarh.