Char Dham Highway Project – UPSC Prelims

Ministry/Department:  Ministry of Road, Transport and Highway
  • Char-Dham Road Project is a prestigious two-lane expressway project.
  • The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is executing this program in Uttarakhand.
  • Purpose: The project proposes widening roads up to 10 meters to improve the accessibility to Char-Dham (shrines); Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath, and Kedarnath.
  • Implementing Agencies: Uttarakhand State Public Works Department (PWD), Border Roads Organisation (BRO), and the National Highway & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL).
  • Project Mode: The work under the program is being implemented in Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) mode.
  • Under the EPC model, the project cost is completely borne by the government. But the contractor is legally responsible to complete the project under some fixed predetermined timeline. It may also involve scope for a penalty in case of time overrun.
  • Chamba Tunnel: It is a 440-meter-long tunnel built by BRO on the Rishikesh-Dharasu road Highway(NH94) in Uttarakhand. The construction of the tunnel is a part of the Chardham project.
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