Context: Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways inaugurated the breakthrough event of Chamba Tunnel under Chardham Pariyojana.
More on the news:
- Border Roads Organisation (BRO) achieved this major milestone by digging up a 440 m long Tunnel below the busy Chamba town on Rishikesh-Dharasu road Highway (NH 94).
- The breakthrough was completed amidst the threat of COVID-19 and nationwide lockdown.
- The Rishikesh-Dharasu-Gangotri road in Uttarakhand has a very significant role from socio economic and religious point of view.
- Opening of this tunnel will ease out congestion through the Chamba town and reduce the distance by one kilometer.
About Chardham Project: (Ministry of Road Transport and Highways)
- The project involves developing and widening 900-km of national highways connecting the holy Hindu pilgrimage sites of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri at an estimated cost of Rs 12,000 crores.
- The highway will be called Chardham Mahamarg(Chardham Highway) and the highway construction project will be called as Chardham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojana (Chardham Highway Development Project).
- The roads will be widened and the project will involve construction of tunnels, bypasses, bridges, subways and viaducts.
- Under the Project, BRO as a key stakeholder is constructing 250 Km of National Highways leading to holy shrine Gangotri and Badrinath.
Border Roads Organisation (BRO)
- BRO is engaged in road construction to provide connectivity to difficult and inaccessible regions in the border areas of the country.
- It has been working under the control of the Ministry of Defence since 2015 (earlier Ministry of Road Transport and Highways).
- It is staffed by officers and troops drawn from the Indian Army’s Corps of Engineers, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Army Service Corps, Military Police and army personnel on extra regimental employment.
- Engineering Service and personnel from the General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) form the parent cadre of the Border Roads Organisation.
- Currently, the organisation also maintains operations in neighbouring countries such as Afghanistan, Bhutan, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka.