The Centre has sanctioned Rs 300 crore for the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) to repair Uttarakhands roads. The BRO is supposed to maintain and repair the 800 km of national highway that covers the Char Dham route and had not received adequate money last year. The Centres decision was revealed by the state government in an all-party meet held on Sunday.
The Centre has also decided to shift the Ministry of Environment and Forest nodal officer from Lucknow to Dehradun. The state will not need a green nod to acquire land up to five hectares to rebuild roads. The nodal officer would be empowered by the Centre to give the forest clearance if more land is required.
The government had said that it plans to restore the Yatra season in the first week of October and set September 30 as the deadline for the BRO. The government wants to make these roads fit for the movement of small vehicles like cars and jeeps before September 30, a state government source said. The Army is now trying to open an alternative route to Kedarnath temple. By September,the temple would be accessible on foot, a source said.
The government will provide helicopter services to pilgrims from Pithoragrh to Gunju on the way to Kailash Mansarovar. The state would put up a proposal to the Centre.