Highway for Uttarakhand to enable year-round road connectivity. The Rs 12,000 crore project, being executed by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) and Border Roads Organisation (BRO).
The route will stretch from Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri shrines as well as Tanakpur. It includes seven stretches of national highways 58, 108, 109 and 125, adding up to some 900 kilometres.
Claims have been put to the Union ministries for environment and forests and road transport, Uttarakhand government, NHIDCL and BRO .
The petition claims that the project violated the Bhagirathi Eco-Sensitive Zone notification.
In response, the BRO submitted an affidavit that the proposed highway would be of strategic importance.
It is because of proximity to the China border and that it was imperative to improve the roads.
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