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No shortage of funds for construction of roads in U’khand: Union minister

Union minister for transport, roads and highways, Oscar Fernandes said here on Wednesday, ‘There would be no shortage of funds for reconstruction of roads which were damaged in the mid-June natural disaster in the hill state and the Centre will help in every possible way. The special attention will be focused on the construction of tunnels as per requirements and needs in the coming days. For the smooth flow of vehicular movement, another tunnel is on the pipeline near famous Daat Kali temple on the Delhi-Dehradun highway.’

On the query of tunnel construction in the fragile environment of the hill state, the union minister replied that this would cause less damage to the environment, travelers would save time and fewer accidents would take place. This will maintain balance between development and environment. Roads would remain open throughout the year.

Union minister Oscar Fernandes and chief minister Vijay Bahuguna, at a meeting held with the Border Roads Organisation( BRO), NDRF, PWD and disaster management officials reviewed the status of roads to be constructed in disaster-hit areas.  The organisations have been given the speedy task of repairing the damaged roads by 30 September so that halted Char Dham yatra could be resumed shortly thereafter.
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