150-km Road for Troops to Reach China Border Faster Being Built
An official said that 7,000 trees would be uprooted for the construction of this road.
Work on the all-weather road in Uttarakhand has begun, with the construction of the 150-km Tanakpur-Pithoragarh stretch that will make it easier for the armed forces to mobilise troops and armaments to the Indo-China border.
The road is a part of the 'All-Weather Roads Project' launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the state assembly polls earlier in 2017. It is expected to be completed by 2019.
Mobilisation of forces and their armaments to the last posts on the Indo-China border in times of emergency will be much easier from the Tanakpur rail-head after the 150-km stretch is completed, officials associated with the project said.
Construction of the 150-km long Tanakpur to Pithoragarh road is being carried out on war footing to meet the 2019 deadline. The deadline is likely to be easily met as the route has no over-bridges or tunnels.LD Mathela, Executive Engineer of NH 125
The cost of the road will be approximately Rs 1,065 crore, which excludes the cost of three bypasses.
Unlike Garhwal, the nature of soil in the Kumaon region as well as the costs involved are not suitable for building tunnels and over-bridges, the official said.
Four companies have been assigned the task of constructing the road. These companies have been enlisted after their experience in constructing all-weather roads was scrutinised.LD Mathela, Executive Engineer of NH 125
The 12-metre-wide road would be constructed by 2019, for which time and cost has been fixed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), sources said.
According to the design submitted by the construction companies, the protection of sliding portions on the road will be given equal significance to make it weather resistant.LD Mathela, Executive Engineer of NH 125
The official said that 7,000 trees would be uprooted for the construction of the road.
"Once built, it will be able to bear the weight and width of all defence armaments required at the time of an emergency at border posts along the Indo-China border, which is 200 km from the tail of the all-weather road in Pithoragarh town," he said.
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