The Rs 12,000 crore ‘Chardham’ highway project in Uttarakhand will be completed by the end of 2018 irrespective of which party comes to power in the state, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari has assured. Recently, Prime Minister, Narendra Modihad laid the foundation stone for all-weather highway project — Chardham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojna or the Chardham highway development project — aimed at improving connectivity between pilgrimage centres of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Mr. Gadkari said his ministry also plans to develop Auli, a skiing destination in Chamoli district in the state, as a world class tourist place on the lines of Davos in Switzerland as the place witnesses temperature dipping to minus 6 degrees Celsius. Noting that investment in tourism increases job opportunities, he said, the ministry was studying the Auli project. He promised that 10,000 youths of the hill areas of the state will get the jobs due to the initiative. He assured there is no dearth of money for the Auli project. Underlining that Uttarakhand has a huge potential of tourism, he said there are possibilities of other forms of tourism like adventure and water tourism in the hill state.
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