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No Link Between Uttarakhand Floods, Highway Construction: Centre

The Char Dham challenge is being carried out at a price of Rs 12,000 crore (File)

New Delhi:

Building and widening of roads for the Char Dham challenge didn’t contribute to the Uttarakhand floods catastrophe, parliament was knowledgeable on Monday.

The strategic 900-km Char Dham freeway challenge goals to supply all-weather connectivity to 4 holy cities — Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath — in Uttarakhand.

“As per experiences acquired from Authorities of Uttarakhand, Geological Survey of India (GSI) and Defence Geo-informatics Analysis Institution (DGRE), development and widening of roads for the Char Dham challenge didn’t contribute to the Uttarakhand floods catastrophe,” Street Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

As per scientific proof obtainable with the state authorities, this was purely a pure occasion with no indication of human footprint straight attributable to its trigger, he added.

The Char Dham challenge is being carried out at a price of Rs 12,000 crore.

On February 7, a glacier broke off in Joshimath in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district which brought about a large flood within the Dhauli Ganga river, killing no less than 70 folks.

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