A corpus fund of Rs 10 crore each will be given to the district magistrates of Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Uttarkashi, which bore the brunt of last year's calamity to ensure that road reconstruction work by the BRO goes on uninterrupted on Char Dham pilgrimage route.
An announcement to this effect was made by Chief Minister Harish Rawat while reviewing the preparations for the Char Dham and Mansarovar pilgrimages via video conferencing late last night, an official release here said. The DMs of these districts have been asked to use the corpus fund of Rs 10 crore each at their disposal to help BRO carry out its road reconstruction work in affected areas so that the badly damaged route is fully restored by April 30.
The Char Dham yatra begins this year in early May and the deadline set by the government for repairing the roads leading to the four Himalayan shrines of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath is April 30. The Chief Minister instructed the DMs of the three districts where the famed Himalayan shrines are located to set up a control room at the district headquarters to monitor the progress of road restoration work on a regular basis.
The Chief Minister also sanctioned Rs 1 crore for preparations for the Mansarovar yatra and said more funds will be given, if needed, for the smooth conduct of the pilgrimage which passes through the border district of Pithoragarh