Villagers affected due to All Weather Road Char Dham project demand early resolution from the inspection team from MORTH.
GG News Bureau
New Tehri/Dehradun,11th June . Officials from the Union Ministry of Road and Transport and Highways (MORTH) along with Border Road organisation (BRO) inspected the works under the all-weather road Char Dham project on the Rishikesh-Chamba highway. Meanwhile, villagers of Guldi and Mathiyan villages affected by the project in Chamba demanded an early resolution to their pending demands.
The officials assured that the problems would be resolved soon. Union road and transport minister Nitin Gadkari’s private secretary Sanket Bhondwe inspected the highway and the tunnel just below Chamba town under the project. The people of Mathiyan village affected by the tunnel expressed their anger over the lack of action on the demands even after several years.
Villagers Akhilesh Kothiyal and Jagdish Prasad Kothiyal said the tunnel boring had caused cracks in their houses and fields that have posed risks to the lives of the villagers. District. Panchayat members Yalma Sajwan, Ankit Sajwan and Sohanvir Sajwan said that the damaged footpaths of Guldi village are yet to be repaired due to the All-Weather project construction work.
The villagers said that have not received compensation for the dumping zone. The debris of the dumping zone is reaching the fields of the villagers during heavy rains. They said that if their demands are not met they will oppose the inauguration of the temple which is nearing completion. The private secretary of the Union Minister Nitin Gadkari assured the villagers of immediate action.
Border Road Organisation ( BRO) had succeeded in constructing the first tunnel beneath Chamba city on Rishikesh-Gangotri Highway. The 440-metre construction done with the help of Australian technology has reached the final stage and it will be opened for traffic as soon as the decoration work completes here. The central government had given the green signal to build a tunnel under the market to protect the building and shops from breaking down. BRO started tunnel work in January 2019 using the latest Australian technology. The construction agency faced immense challenges due to continuous water drainage problem towards the side of Mathiyana village during tunnel excavation which led to the appearance of cracks in several buildings but despite all such challenges BRO has succeeded in completing the tunnel construction work successfully.
The painting works along with illuminating the tunnel with LED lights for safe traffic and pedestrian movement at the footpath being constructed here has been completed along with the installation of the railings on both sides of the road inside the tunnel so that the free flow of traffic is maintained. Once the tunnel is opened for traffic the vehicles that crossed through the Chamba Bazaar will be diverted on Uttarkashi-Gangotri thus helping to avoid any traffic congestion and pilgrim’s vehicles on their way to Gangotri will be able to cross without any hindrance. The pavement quality concrete is being used in the construction of the road inside the tunnel to reduce the trembling due to traffic movement. Separate drains are being made for the drainage of water from the tunnel to avoid any water logging added officials.