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    SOURCE: ANI The 14-year-old 71.3-kilometer-long Sarli-Huri Road in Kurung Kumey district, a defence road, leading to the China border, has been completed by Project Arunank of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO). The project was taken up by 85 RCC/756 BRTF of Project Arunank in May 2006. Since then, relentless efforts have been made braving inhospitable terrain to […]

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    Nov 20, 2017, 11.10 PM IST

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    PITHORAGARH: The work on the all-weather road in Uttarakhand has begun with the construction of the 150-km Tanakpur-Pithoragarh stretch which will make it easier for the armed forces to mobilise troops and armaments to the Indo-China border, officials said today.

    The section is a part of the 'All-Weather Roads Project' launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the state assembly polls earlier this year.

    It is likely to be completed by 2019. Mobilisation of forces and their armaments to the last posts on the Indo-China border in times of emergency will be much easier from the Tanakpur rail-head after the 150-km stretch is completed, officials associated with the project said.

    "Construction of the 150-km long Tanakpur to Pithoragarh road is being carried out on war footing to meet the set time the 2019 deadline. The deadline is likely to be easily met as the route has no over bridges or tunnels," said L D Mathela, executive engineer of NH 125.

    The cost of the road, will be approximately Rs 1,065 crore, which excludes the cost of three bypasses, he said.

    Unlike Garhwal , the nature of soil in the Kumaon region, as well as the costs involved, are not suitable for building tunnels and over bridges, the official said.

    "Non-availability of non-rocky hill portion along the route is also a reason why no tunnels or over bridges are being built on the stretch," he said.

    The road is being constructed under the 'Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC)' module in which the designs of the project, outlines by experts, will be availed by the construction company, Mathela said.

    "Four companies have been assigned the task of constructing the road. These companies have been enlisted after their experience in constructing all-weather roads was scrutinised," the engineer said.

    The 12-meter wide road would be constructed by 2019 for which time and cost has been fixed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), sources said.

    "According to the design submitted by the construction companies, the protection of sliding portions on the road will be given equal significance to make it weather resistant," Mathela said.

    The official said that 7,000 trees would be uprooted for the construction of the road.


    "Once built it will be able to bear the weight and width of all defence armaments required at the time of an emergency at border posts along the Indo-China border which is 200 km from the tail of the all-weather road in Pithoragarh town," he said.

    The foundation stone of the 12,000 crore project was laid by Modi during the state elections earlier this year.


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    More than 40 persons have been grounded at Kokhsar alone and around 50 vehicles coming from the Leh-Ladakh side are stuck in snow.
    Updated: Nov 21, 2017 16:13 IST

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    The Border Road Organisation’s task force commander expects the connectivity to be resumed by Tuesday.(HT Photo)

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/india...es-stranded/story-f9FpCAFBAhf2fRXZNGBVHM.html


    The fresh bout of snowfall at the 13,500-feet Rohtang Pass has suspended the road connectivity to the tribal district of Lahaul and Spiti and around 50 people, including patients and locals, have been left stranded. The inclement weather conditions have also hampered the snow-clearance exercise.

    “Rohtang has received more than two feet of snow. Its clearance might take some time,” Border Road Organisation’s 38th task force commander Col AK Awasthi told Hindustan Times in a telephonic conversation.

    More than 40 persons have been grounded at Kokhsar alone and around 50 vehicles coming from the Leh-Ladakh side are stuck in snow.

    These also include around 12 defence vehicles carrying jawans of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). Besides trapped vehicles, over 200 people — majority of them being natives of Lahaul and Spiti — are grounded in Manali and Sissu. Moreover, nearly six patients requiring medical attention have also been caught up in the snow-bound villages.

    Those stranded have been lodged at a rescue hut in Kokhsar,” Awasthi said. He, however, expected the road to be thrown open for traffic by Tuesday morning.

    “We are waiting for the road to be cleared. In case of any delay in that, we will ask the government to deploy chopper to airlift those stranded on both sides of the Rohtang Pass,” said deputy commissioner Dewa Singh Negi.

    The Border Road Organisation (BRO) had shot off a letter to the district administrations in Lahaul and Spiti and Kullu to close the Rohtang Pass officially for vehicles on November 15. But the administration insisted to allow traffic to pass till snow accumulated. However, the posts on both sides of Rohtang Pass at Marhi and Kokhsar have been instructed not to allow movement of tourist vehicles.

    “Road conditions are quite slippery and plying of vehicles will only add to the risk,” Negi said. The 16,040-feet-high Baralacha Pass in J&K’s Zanskar range was closed for traffic on October 15. However vehicles on the pass connecting Lahaul to the Valley continued to ply.

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    A snow-cutter in operation on the Manali-Leh highway. Tribune Photo

    http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/work-begins-to-rescue-46-stranded-at-koksar/500760.html

    Dipender Manta

    Tribune News Service

    Manali, November 20

    The Border Roads Organisation has started snow clearance operation on the Manali-Leh highway to evacuate 46 people, who had been left stranded for the past last three days at Koksar rescue post after 13,050 feet high Rohtang Pass, the gateway to Lahaul, got blocked because of sudden heavy snowfall.

    Weather today relented a bit in the region after three days of snowfall and soldiers of the BRO were engaged in snow-clearance operation from both Marhi and Koksar side to connect the Rohtang Pass enabling it for traffic movement. Talking to The Tribune here today, BRO Commander AK Awasthi said, “Despite inclement weather situation in the region we have engaged our team in snow clearance from both Lahaul and Manali side to connect the Rohtang Pass and evacuate the stranded people”.

    “The temperature was below minus degree in the area today and we are hoping to restore the road within a day or two”, he said. “We have requested the district administration to stop normal traffic movement on the Manali-Leh highway because it is prone to snowfall after November 15 onward.

    Due to bad weather and tough topographical situations it is not easy to restore the road during winter, when Rohtang receives heavy snowfall up to 10 to 15 feet high snow” he remarked.

    “This time we are opening the Rohtang Pass to evacuate the stranded 46 people and few vehicles from Lahaul side in the region”, BRO commander said. “The road is prone to accident because of snow and it can’t be thrown open for normal traffic.

    We again request the district administration of Kullu and Lahaul Spiti to stop normal traffic on this route otherwise it may prove disastrous for the visitors”, he said.

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    http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/ja...ews-winter-preparedness-in-ladakh/501332.html

    Chief Secretary BB Vyas today held a video conference with Kashmir Divisional Commissioner, Leh and Kargil Deputy Commissioners to review various issues relating to the Ladakh region, including winter preparedness.

    Principal Secretary, Home; Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Commissioner/Secretary, Revenue; and other senior officers attended the meeting.

    Various aspects of winter preparedness in Ladakh region, including the status of stock and supply of essential commodities, availability of electricity, status of road and air connectivity, etc were discussed in the meeting.

    The Chief Secretary also reviewed the implementation of the Border Area Development Programme in Leh and Kargil districts and the status of outstanding land issues in both the districts, including vacation of land in lower Khurbathang plateau by the Army.

    A high-level team headed by the Chief Secretary is scheduled to visit Ladakh next week to take stock of the implementation of various developmental and welfare programmes in Leh and Kargil districts. The team will also interact with the Hill Development Councils and defence authorities to address outstanding land issues such as transfer of Khurbathang plateau in Kargil.

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    http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/jammu-kashmir/3-bsf-men-injured-in-accident/501328.html

    Three Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, including a deputy commandant, were injured in a road accident near Sunderbani on the Jammu-Poonch highway today.

    BSF sources said Deputy Commandant Devi Charan of 163 Battalion along with driver Kunwar Vikrant and bodyguard Kanahiya Kumar were travelling in an official Gypsy. When the vehicle reached near Bhakar village, a Scorpio coming from the opposite side hit the Gypsy, injuring three of them.

    Passersby helped the injured and took them to the Sub-District Hospital at Sunderbani. Vikrant, who received a head injury, was referred to Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu. — OC

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    The present waste management of the forces has led to an increase in dog population, officials said.(HT File)
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/dehra...e-on-border/story-6nrqON6Wq02lM5n46SxR7L.html
    The Uttarakhand forest department will assist the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the army on waste management at India-China border posts to control stray dog population and ensure conservation of high-altitude species
    dehradun Updated: Nov 22, 2017 20:20 IST
    The Uttarakhand forest department will assist the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the army on waste management at India-China border posts to control stray dog population and ensure conservation of high-altitude species.

    Gangotri National Park (GNP), a potential site for snow leopards, shares its northeastern boundary with China. The border is secured by ITBP battalion 35 and 12, and Mahar-2, an infantry regiment.

    The present waste management of the forces has led to an increase in dog population, officials said. The waste is dumped in pits, which are accessible to dogs.

    “Presently, the pits are within the reach of stray dogs because of which their population is increasing. So, we have suggested fencing of the pits that will help control canine population,” Dhananjai Mohan, additional principal chief conservator of forest (APCCF), told Hindustan Times.

    Forest officials, with support from Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India (WII), will fence the waste pits of the border forces. Mohan recently organised a meeting with the ITBP and army.

    A research paper published in 2016 recorded how dogs were preying on livestock in Upper Spiti landscape of Himachal Pradesh, posing a threat to species like snow leopard. The presence of canines threatens the prey base of wild species.

    Gangotri park, a protected area in the upper catchment of Bhagirathi river, spreads across 2390 sqkm. The area is covered under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project -- Securing Livelihoods, Conservation, Sustainable Use and Restoration of High Range Himalayan Ecosystem. Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim are also a part of the project.

    A survey done in 2015 reported indirect evidence of snow leopard presence in the national park. Officials are keen on taking preventive measures to ensure protection of the species.

    The central forces have agreed to support the forest department to secure data loggers, and with climate-related equipment and camera traps. They will also take forest staff and scientists during long-range patrolling to study snow leopard habitat and its population.

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    The snow -clearing operation in full swing on the Manali-Rohtang-Keylong highway on Wednesday. Photo by writer

    http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/bro-opens-rohtang-lahaul-road/501862.html

    MC Thakur

    Manali, November 22

    A week after heavy snowfall blocked the Manali-Rohtang-Keylong highway, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) today cleared the stretch. Vehicles are expected to cross Rohtang on Thursday.

    According to an official of the BRO, snow has been cleared from both sides of the 13,050-ft Rohtang Pass, the gateway to Lahaul-Spiti

    He said the surface was still slippery due to the presence of a thick layer of ice. Till the filing of this report, no vehicle had crossed the Rohtang Pass. A large number of people in Lahaul valley are eagerly waiting for the authorities to open the road.

    Koksar rescue post in-charge Pawan Kumar said although snow had been cleared, the road was still slippery.

    He said 46 persons, who were waiting for the road to open at Koksar, were being provided food and shelter.

    “We have been asked to send vehicles from Lahaul to Koksar first. Today, we checked the road condition and found a number of frozen stretches between Koksar and Rohtang,” he said.

    The BRO’s 38 Border Road Task Force commander Col Arvind Awasthi said the highway would not be opened to the general public, but in case of an emergency, vehicles would be allowed to pass.

    According to officials in Lahaul, first preference would be given to those who were stuck in the valley and only then vehicles from Manali would be allowed to come towards Rohtang.

    Many people who wanted to go to Lahaul from Manali had booked taxis to reach Lahaul via Kishtwar route which takes about two days.Meanwhile, the Manali administration is not letting tourists go beyond Kothi.

    A truck driver, Rajender Kumar, who resides in Mandi district, was coming from Leh towards Keylong when he was trapped in blizzards at Bharatpur on Thursday. He spent two nights in the truck and eventually decided to walk over thick snow towards Keylong.

    After walking for about 25 km, he reached Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment at Patseo where he was given shelter.

    A rescue team from Keylong went to Patseu today to bring Rajender to Keylong. He and other stranded persons are expected to cross Rohtang on Thursday.

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    The project is proposed to be between Kothi and Rohtang Pass.
    http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...c-against-rohtang-ropeway-project/501925.html

    MC Thakur

    MANALI, NOVEMBER 22

    Nine villages of upper Manali have decided to move Supreme Court against the Rohtang ropeway project. The villagers had called an emergency meeting at Kothi village after their lawyer informed them that National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered to complete the ropeway project as soon as possible.

    The villagers are being supported by taxi operators and several associations and unions formed by tourism activity operators. They discussed in details the pros and cons of the project. They observed that the project would destroy all options of their livelihood and also harm the environment. They concluded that they have no other choice but to move SC to oppose the project.

    Roshan Thakur, president of Nine Villages Committee, said they are not against the development but development should not be at the cost of livelihood and environment. He said locals had expressed their problems before the NGT but their all issues have been ignored. He said government had promised rehabilitation plan but now nobody talks about it.

    He further added that the people in the locality have the only right i.e. not to issue NOC if they do not like the project. The villagers complained that despite that they did not issue the NOC to the project, none of its representatives came to discuss the issue with them. They said that nobody was watching its negative consequences in the long run.

    After discussion various issues, those present in the meeting said they would challenge the project before SC.

    Taxi operators also attended the meeting. Him-Aanchal Taxi Operators Union president Raj Kumar Dogra said this project would affect the livelihood of hundreds of operators. He added that the union would support the villagers in opposing the project before the SC.

    The Rohtang project is proposed to build between Kothi and Rohtang Pass. Having the length of about 9 km, the project will have three stages – Kothi to Gulaba, Gulaba to Marhi and Marhi to Rohtang.
     
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    http://www.hindustantimes.com/india...hina-border/story-RNuiwbtOlJAl3zRUJnLGLK.html
    The Army has been focusing on enhancing infrastructure along the Sino-India border following the Doklam standoff.

    india Updated: Nov 23, 2017 16:25 IST
    Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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    A Border Road Organization truck drives past walls of snow on the Zojila Pass, about 110 kilometers north of Srinagar, on April 30, 2016.(AP File Photo)

    In the backdrop of the 73-day- long Doklam standoff, the Army has decided to significantly ramp up road infrastructure along the Sino-India border and tasked its Corps of Engineers to vigorously work on it to ensure swift movement of troops whenever necessary.

    Official sources said the Corps of Engineers (CoE) has already initiated a series of steps including placing orders for latest versions of various mountain cutting and road laying machines and equipment besides procuring assault tracks for fast movement of troops.

    The sources said the Army headquarters ordered over 1,000 dual track mine detectors to enhance Corps of Engineers’ mine detection capability.

    Over 100 excavators with latest features are also being procured to increase the existing capability of the engineers to lay operational track along mountainous regions in Northern sector.

    The sources said over 50 short span bridges and a sizeable number of assault tracks for quick movement are also being procured to increase their mobility.

    India and China share a 4,000-km-long border. The 237 year-old CoE provides key combat engineering support and maintains connectivity in key border regions for speedy movement of troops and artillery.

    As per the plan, the Army engineers will initially lay roads in mountaineous terrains and if necessary they will be further strengthened by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO).

    In 2005, the Border Road Organisation was asked to construct 73 roads in the strategically important regions along the Sino-India border but there has been huge delay in implementation of the project which has apparently left the Army unhappy.

    They said enhancing infrastructure along the sensitive borders is part of the government’s overall strategy to boost combat readiness of the armed forces.

    The first company of CoE was raised in 1780 and the organisation celebrated its raising day on November 18.

    The Army has been focusing on enhancing infrastructure along the Sino-India border following the Doklam standoff.

    Soon after the face-off ended, Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat had expressed serious concern over China’s “muscle flexing” and said these conflicts can expand into an all out war.

    Troops of India and China were locked in a 73-day-long standoff in Doklam since June 16 after the Indian side stopped the building of a road in the disputed area by the Chinese Army. The face-off ended on August 28.

    Recently, the Army has also finalised one of its biggest procurement plans for infantry modernisation under which a large number of light machine guns, battle carbines and assault rifles are being purchased at a cost of nearly Rs 40,000 crore.


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    The 11-km stretch on the Parwanoo-Solan highway has seen frequent landslides.

    http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/nhai-mulls-extension-for-four-laning-project/502960.html

    Ambika Sharma
    Tribune News Service
    Solan, November 24


    The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is assessing the need to give extension to the 39-km four-laning of the Parwanoo-Solan section of the National Highway-22. The executing company, GR Infra, had sought a 15-month extension in October.

    Company officials had cited various hindrances like delay in land acquisition, stay on work by the National Green Tribunal for a few months among other technical issues which had surfaced while executing the project.

    As against the deadline of March 2018, the officials have sought additional 15 months for completing the project till June 2019.

    Sources in National Highways Authority of India confirmed that a request for extension had been received from GR Infra and that the engineering staff were assessing it.

    Since the executing company has little experience in executing a project in hilly areas, several issues had cropped up which required technical handling. Several such issues had not been addressed in the project report and these are now becoming a headache for the company. With little study having been undertaken on the cascading effect of excavating hills, it was found that breast walls erected in the 11-km area had failed to sustain. This has rendered the protection work ineffective and the project officials are now awaiting the approval of additional budget to raise the walls of a relevant height.

    Excavation of the fragile Shivalik hills has opened a pandora’s box of problems with neither the hill strata settling down after excavation nor working on the valley side being an easy task, given the vibrating effect of excavating the hills.Despite a lapse of more than two years, the four-laning work is nowhere near completion owing to these problems and the rain has offset whatever progress was made in laying the four-laned road.

    A visit to the most-affected stretch from Parwanoo to Dharampur revealed that the entire road was in a mess and landslides had blocked a major portion of the double-lane developed along the hillside. Plumes of smoke which emanate from the site have enhanced the risk of respiratory disease, while the wear and tear of vehicles has increased manifold.

    Project Director, GR Infra, Devasis Patra, said the issue pertaining to the extension of the project was being assessed by NHAI officials, adding that the issue of cost escalation which had been referred to the Chairman, National Highways Authority of India, had been discussed during a recent meeting with their company chairman. He said no decision had been taken in both issues.

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    • The executing company has little experience in executing projects in hilly areas.
    • With little study having been undertaken on the cascading effect of excavating hills, it was found that breast walls erected in the 11-km area had failed to sustain.
    • The project officials are now awaiting the approval of additional budget to raise the walls of a relevant height.
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    http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/more-vehicles-cross-rohtang-pass/502955.html

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    Vehicles carrying residents of Lahaul leave Manali for Keylong on Friday. Photo: MC Thakur
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    Manali, November 24

    Thirty vehicles coming from Lahaul that were stuck at the Rahni nullah below the Rohtang Pass yesterday moved to Manali today.

    Occupants had to spend the night at freezing Marhi, about 35 km from here.

    Vehicles from the Manali side were allowed to go towards Rohtang and Lahaul-Spiti.

    According to the BRO, 183 vehicles from Manali crossed the Rohtang Pass under the supervision of the BRO and rescue teams. As the road between Gulaba and Koksar is still slippery, the vehicles moved at a snail’s pace.

    When trucks from Koksar came towards Manali, they got stuck at the Rahni nullah due to a narrow passage. The BRO and rescue personnel widened the road at midnight and brought all vehicles safely to Marhi. Some persons were given shelter in the rescue camp, while some chose to stay in cars.

    A member of the rescue post at Marhi said 20 persons were staying with them. He said the rescue operation continued till 3 am and nobody could sleep.

    The fuel in vehicles, stuck between Koksar and Marhi, froze due to severe cold conditions. Drivers had to light fire under fuel tanks. The BRO personnel helped them start the vehicles.

    As soon as all vehicles from Marhi came towards Manali, the vehicles from the Manali side were allowed to go to Lahaul valley. As many as 183 vehicles that left Manali for Lahaul were carrying local residents of Lahaul and government employees stuck in Manali after snowfall. Some goods carriers were transporting fresh vegetables and other essential items from Manali to Lahaul.

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    http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...highway-shut-due-to-harsh-weather/503903.html

    Posted at: Nov 27, 2017, 12:47 AM; last updated: Nov 27, 2017, 12:47 AM (IST)
    Manali-Keylong highway shut due to harsh weather

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    Tribune News Service
    Shimla, November 26

    The Manali-Keylong National Highway has been closed to traffic due to inclement weather. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has told the state administration that it would not open the Rohtang Pass in the event of fresh snowfall.


    The Rohtang Pass was closed twice during November due to snowfall. It was cleared by the BRO to enable the stranded vehicles and the people to reach their destination, but now the BRO will open it only after the winter is over. The road was opened for a day today to enable tribals to return to Lahaul from Kullu.

    Despite the weather being dry, the mercury stayed 10 to 15 degrees Celsius below the freezing point in the high-altitude tribal areas and mountain passes, resulting in the freezing of water and making driving hazardous.

    Residents of Lahaul-Spiti are annoyed over the closure of the Rohtang Pass. They said barring a few spots like Rahni Nullah and Byas Nullah, there was no risk and the Pass could remain open until the place witnessed heavy snowfall.

    Kundan Lal Sharma, a resident of Keylong, said SUVs were made for bad roads and harsh weather and that these should be allowed to ply in the area.

    Sources said the district administration and the BRO were busy passing the buck, while the Lahaul-Spiti district administration maintained that the road was closed after heavy machinery was removed from Rohtang. The BRO stated that in case, the administration decided to allow vehicles to pass Rohtang, they would help.


    Meanwhile, the minimum temperature has slightly increased in the tribal areas. Keylong was the coldest minus 2.9 degree Celsius followed by Kalpa 0.4 degree Celsius, Manali 1 degree Celsius, Bhuntar 2 degree Celsius, Shimla 7.1 degree Celsius and Dharamsala 7.2 degree Celsius. The Met office has predicted rain and thunderstorm in the mid hills and rain and snow in the higher hills on November 28.


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      • The Rohtang Pass was closed twice during November due to snowfall. It was cleared by the BRO to enable the stranded people to reach their destination.
      • Now, it will be opened only after the winter is over.
      • The road was opened for a day on Sunday to enable tribals to return to Lahaul from Kullu.
      • Residents of Lahaul-Spiti are annoyed over the closure of the Rohtang Pass.
      • They said barring a few spots like Rahni Nullah and Byas Nullah, all other roads were fine and that the Pass could remain open until the place witnessed heavy snowfall.
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    Rohtang tunnel to be accessible to tribals during medical emergencies



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    http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ribals-during-medical-emergencies/503904.html

    The residents Lahaul and Spiti district will be allowed to cross the 8.8-km-long Rohtang tunnel in case of medical exigencies. Though the boring work of the tunnel has been completed, construction work is still under way.

    Lahaul valley remains cut off during winters due to heavy accumulation of snow on the 13,050-foot Rohtang Pass, gateway to the Lahaul valley on the Manali-Leh National Highway. The only way in and out of the valley during winters is through helicopter services provided by the state government, which again depends upon weather conditions.

    Lahaul-Spiti Deputy Commissioner Deva Singh Negi said that Director General, Border Roads (DGBR) Lt Gen Sanjeev Kumar Shrivastava had instructed the Rohtang tunnel authorities to provide passage to medical emergencies through the tunnel after the Rohtang Pass is closed for over five months during winters.

    Recently, Mandi MP Ram Swaroop Sharma had met Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to request her to give direction to the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) authorities to allow traffic via Rohtang tunnel in emergency cases for the convenience of the people living in the tribal district of Lahaul and Spiti. The Deputy Commissioner said that students appearing in various competitive exams would also be allowed to cross through the tunnel after the Rohtang Pass is completely closed. However, there were limitations as the tunnel construction work was still under progress and the North Portal of the tunnel towards Lahaul was prone to avalanches. He said that passage through the tunnel would be allowed after analyzing various factors.Many vehicles were stuck for over six days on the Lahaul side of Rohtang Pass at Koksar due to the recent snowfall. The BRO cleared the snow and evacuated the stranded vehicles and passengers.

    The Deputy Commissioner said that medical board would be formed to provide certificate to medical emergencies to cross the tunnel. The students would be provided permit to cross the tunnel upon producing the required documents. He said that proper care would be taken that the work of BRO is not hampered and safety of the commuters is not compromised.

    Generally, the Rohtang Pass is officially closed for traffic after November 15 but vehicles sometimes continue to ply till there is no accumulation of snow and the road is cleared by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO). However, the movement of traffic is regulated in view of public safety because due to its high altitude the Pass is prone to sudden heavy snowfall and icing of road, which could pose a serious threat to the lives of commuters.

    The Deputy Commissioner said that commuters would be allowed to cross the Rohtang Pass on foot depending upon the weather conditions. Rescue posts had been set up at Marhi on the Manali side and at Koksar on the Lahaul side to assist the commuters to cross the Pass. He said that the DG had also instructed the BRO to maintain road connectivity between Keylong-Darcha, Keylong-Udaipur and Keylong-Sissu stretches.


     
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    Potholes on the Pathankot-Mandi national highway in Palampur. photo: Ravinder Sood

    http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...i-road-suffers-from-lack-of-funds/504427.html


    Our Correspondent
    Palampur, November 27


    The 220-km Pathankot-Mandi National Highway, considered a lifeline of 40 lakh residents of the northern region of Himachal Pradesh, is in a state of neglect as the union government has failed to release funds for its maintenance.

    During this period the condition of the highway has gone from bad to worse. Over 50 major and small bridges on this highway have outlived their utility and are on the verge of collapse. No serious effort has either been made to repair the road or to construct new bridges.

    The NH is one of the most significant roads of the country. It links Pathankot with Leh via Manali. After the disturbed conditions in Jammu and Kashmir this road has gathered added importance because of the fact that the Army authorities are using it for moving supplies and forces to Leh and other boarder areas. At present, the condition of the highway is pathetic.

    This road was declared a national highway in 1987 keeping in view the defence requirements for supply of goods to Leh and other borders areas. However, during the past 28 years, the state PWD has failed to take any worthwhile steps to maintain the highway.

    The conditions of the road between Pathankot and Kangra and Jogindernagar and Mandi has gone from bad to worse in past five years as state public works department has no funds to spend on its maintenance. The approaches of bridges and retaining wall at various points have collapsed.

    After the Kargil war this road has assumed more significance. The Ministry of Defense considers this road as the safest route for carrying army supplies and other heavy defence equipment to border areas as Srinagar –Leh highway falls within the firing range of Pakistan Army.

    During the Kargil war this road had proved a boon to the nation as entire supplies, including heavy equipment and tanks to Leh, Kargil Ladakh and other border areas, were carried through this route.

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    Posted at: Nov 28, 2017, 12:07 AM; last updated: Nov 28, 2017, 12:07 AM (IST)
    Internal road network of Doda in a shambles
    Just 10-12 km of roads macadamised in district this year

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    Almost all internal roads in Doda district are in a dilapidated condition. Tribune file photo

    Amir Karim Tantray

    Tribune News Service

    Jammu, November 27

    As people of other parts of the state have been complaining that the government hasn’t been able to fully macadamise roads in their districts, the Public Works Department (PWD) in Doda has only macadamised 10 to 12 km of roads this year.

    Almost all internal roads in the hilly district are in a dilapidated condition and people are forced to commute in life-threatening situations.

    The macadamisation of roads, if any, has been done only inside Doda town and near the national highway while all internal roads are waiting for attention from the government. Potholes, landslides, damaged protection walls and muddy surfaces are order of the day in Doda.

    Over four lakh people reside in the district and every day, they have to travel from one place to another to attend offices, schools, hospitals and perform other works. Most of the people, hailing from lower middle class and poor family backgrounds, use public transport to commute but the dilapidated condition of roads pose threat to their lives.

    “The government as well as the local administration don’t pay any kind of attention to the area and officials are only interested in getting their salary every month. We have asked the administration to streamline the system in the coming days. The PWD has sought time till December 31 for that purpose,” said Muzammil Hussain, a youth from Doda, who and a few more youth have formed a group to put pressure on the administration to streamline the system. The PWD is putting the onus on the climate and lack of facilities in the area to macadamise roads.

    “We have macadamised 10 to 12 km of roads this year, including roads in Doda town. We don’t have sufficient plants available in the district and get feeding from one plant near Bhaderwah which caters to the PWD as well as the Border Roads Organisation,” said Niaz Ahmad Banday, Superintending Engineer, PWD, Doda circle.
     
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    Ministry of Road Transport & Highways
    26-May, 2018 11:59 IST
    Prime Minister to inaugurate Eastern Peripheral Expressway and Phase -I of Delhi-Meerut Expressway

    The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will, on Sunday, dedicate to the nation two newly built expressways in the Delhi NCR Region. The first of these is the 14 lane, access controlled, package –I of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, stretching from Nizammudin Bridge to Delhi UP Border. This 8.360 kms stretch of National Highway has been completed in a record time of 18 months as against the earlier expected construction period of 30 months, at a cost of about Rs 841.50 crore . It includes a 6-lane Expressway and 4+4 Service lanes, i.e. 14-lane facility from Nizamuddin Bridge in Delhi to UP Border. This is the first National Highway in the country with 14 lanes, and has several features that would help reduce pollution. These include a 2.5-metre-wide cycle track on either side of the highway, a vertical garden on the Yamuna Bridge, solar lighting system and watering of plants through drip irrigation only. The foundation stone for the project was laid down by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 31.12.2015.

    The Delhi- Meerut Expressway project aims to provide faster and safer connectivity between Delhi and Meerut and beyond this, with Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The total length of the project is 82 km, of which the first 27.74 kms will be 14-laned, while the rest will be 6-lane expressway. The project is likely to cost Rs 4975.17 crore. This will be the first expressway to have dedicated bicycle tracks on the nearly 28 km stretch between Delhi and Dasna. The project involves construction of 11 flyovers/interchanges, 5 major and 24 minor bridges, 3 ROBs (rail over bridges), 36 vehicular and 14 pedestrian underpasses. It will also have elevated section of 5.91 kms. The entire project has been divided into four packages:



    Package No.

    Description of Packages

    I

    Nizamuddin Bridge to UP Border (Km 0.000 to Km 8.360)

    6-lane Expressway & 4+4 Service lanes i.e. 14-lane facility

    II

    UP Border to Dasna (Km 8.360 to Km 27.740 = 19.28 km)

    6 lane Expressway & 4+4 Service lanes i. e. 14-lane facility

    III

    Dasna to Hapur (Km 27.740 to Km 49.346 = 22.27 km)

    6 -laning of NH-24 with 2 lane Service Roads on either side

    IV

    Green-field Alignment of Delhi-Meerut Expressway from Dasna to Meerut (27.740 to 59.983 = 31.78 km) - 6 lane Expressway

    Once the entire project is complete, it will take just 60 minutes to travel from Delhi to Meerut. (Line Drawing – Annexure 1)

    The second project to be dedicated to the Nation on sunday is the 135 km long Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) , stretching from Kundli on NH 1 to Palwal on NH 2. PM had laid the foundation for this project on 5th November 2015.

    The project of Peripheral Expressways around Delhi, comprising Western Peripheral Expressway (WPE) and Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE), connecting NH-1 and NH-2 from Western and Eastern side of Delhi, has been envisaged with the twin objectives of decongesting and de-polluting the national capital by diverting the traffic not destined for Delhi. (Map – Annexure 2)

    The alignment of EPE starts near Kundli NH-1, traverses to cross river Yamuna , crosses SH-57 Mawikalan, NH-58 near Duhai, NH-24 near Dasna, NH-91 near Beel Akbarpur, Kasna-Sikandra road near Sirsa, river Yamuna again at village Faizupur Khadar (Haryana) , Atali-Chainsa Road (near village Maujpur) and ends at Palwal on NH-2 to join Western PE.( Map Annexure 3)

    A total of 1700 Hectares of land has been acquired for the EPE at a cost of about Rs. 5900 crore. The construction cost of the project is about Rs 4617.87 crore. The expressway has been completed in a record time of about 500 days against the scheduled target of 910 days.It is a fully access-controlled six-lane expressway. Entry and exit on the expressway is through designated interchanges only. The Expressway has 4 major bridges, 46 minor bridges, 3 flyovers, 7 inter-changes, 221 underpasses, 8 ROBs, and 114 culverts. This project has generated employment opportunities of about 50 lakh man-days..

    The EPE has a closed tolling system in which toll will be collected only for the distance travelled and not for the entire length. Toll plazas will be equipped with Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system for faster toll collection and uninterrupted travel experience. Weigh-in-Motion (WIMs) equipment have been installed at all 30 entry points of the Expressway to stop entry of over-loaded vehicles.

    EPE has an iconic toll plaza 170 feet high, with 154 feet wing on either side. It will house the ITS control system of the entire EPE. Under the toll plaza there is a digital art gallery with holographic models of major structures and making of the EPE.

    This is the first Expressway in the country to use solar power on the entire length of 135 km. There are eight solar power plants on this Expressway, with a capacity of 4000 KW (4 megawatt) for lighting of the underpasses and running solar pumps for watering plants. Rainwater harvesting has been provided at every 500 meters on the EPE and there is drip irrigation for plants all along the expressway. There are also 36 replicas of monuments depicting Indian culture and heritage.





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    http://www.thehindu.com/news/nation...-expressway/article24005047.ece?homepage=true
    New Delhi, May 27, 2018 11:46 IST
    Updated: May 27, 2018 12:06 IST

    The expressway will do away with 31 traffic signals on the Delhi-Meerut road, the busiest highway in the region.

    The first phase of the ₹7,500-crore Delhi-Meerut Expressway that will reduce the travel time considerably.The 14-lane highway spanning Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to U.P. Gate.

    First phase of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway costed ₹842 crore on building the 9-km stretch of 14-lane highway, according to an advertisement released by the government on the project.nearly 28-km stretch between Delhi and Dasna, will cut travel time between Delhi and Meerut to 45 minutes from two-and-half hour now. The total length of the project is 82 km, of which the first 27.74 km will be 14-laned, while the rest will be 6-lane expressway.

    The project is being built in four segments — Nizamuddin Bridge to U.P. Border, U.P. Border to Dasna, Dasna to Hapur and Hapur to Meerut.

    Besides, six-laning of 22 km long Dasna-Hapur section of NH 24 will cost ₹1,122 crore.


    Photos: Delhi-Meerut Expressway’s first stretch to be inaugurated by PM Modi
    May 26, 2018 22:53 IST
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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel in an open jeep on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway (DME) on Sunday to inaugurate the 8.36 km stretch of it. This first section DME will start from Nizammudin Bridge and go till Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border and will have 14 lanes. Modi will also inaugurate India’s first smart and green highway, the Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE), built at a cost of Rs 11,000 crore on Sunday. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

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    The Prime Minister’s road show will commence from the Nizamuddin Bridge, and after a 6-km travel on the stretch, he is scheduled to fly to Baghpat for dedicating the Eastern Peripheral Expressway to the nation. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

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    A cyclist is seen along the flyover near Commonwealth Sports Village on NH-24 which is being decorated with murals of Delhi’s famous tourist destinations like Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, India Gate and Lotus Temple. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)
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    The total length of the project will be 82 km, of which the first 27.74 km will be 14-laned and the rest will be a six-laned. The total cost of the project is expected to cost Rs 4,975 crore. A cycle track of 2.5 metre wide has also been constructed on both the sides of this expressway, which also has provision of 1.5 metre footpath on each side for pedestrians. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)
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    A replica of Qutub Minar has been erected on one end of the Nizamuddin Bridge (while coming from Patparganj) while Ashoka Pillar on the other side of the bridge, displaying cultural heritage of the country. Curtain fountains (in which water falls from a slab in the form of a curtain) along with normal ones are also being put near the bridge. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

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    The first package of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway will provide a major relief to the commuters in Delhi-Noida having a 6 lane Expressway & 4+4 lane Highway. On completion of the entire expressway the time to travel from Delhi to Meerut will reduce to 45 minutes from the present about 4-5 hours. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)



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    This stretch has been completed in a record time of 17 months as against the earlier expected construction period of 30 months whereas; the entire Expressway is expected to be completed by March next year. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)
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    This stretch has been completed in a record time of 17 months as against the earlier expected construction period of 30 months whereas; the entire Expressway is expected to be completed by March next year. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)
     
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    Eastern Peripheral Expressway and Phase-I of Delhi-Meerut Expressway



    Dedicated to the nation, two newly built expressways in the Delhi NCR Region. The first of these is the 14 lane, access controlled, Phase-I of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, stretching from Nizamuddin Bridge to Delhi UP Border. The second project to be dedicated to the nation is the 135 km long Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE), stretching from Kundli on NH 1 to Palwal on NH 2.

    The Delhi Meerut Expressway, once completed, will significantly reduce travel times from the National Capital to Meerut, and to several other parts of Western Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

    After the inauguration of the Delhi Meerut Expressway along the newly constructed road, as Indian Army General Bipin Rawat travelled in an open jeep for a few kilometres, inspecting the highway with the Indian Military Convoy and then flew to Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh to inaugurate the country’s first smart and green highway, the Eastern Peripheral Expressway.

    The Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE), will contribute towards the twin objectives of decongesting and de-polluting the national capital by diverting traffic not destined for Delhi.

    Addressing Indian Military Command Core meeting on the occasion, Indian Army General Bipin Rawat expressed confidence that the entire stretch of the Delhi Meerut Expressway would be completed soon. Indian Army General Bipin Rawat said the Eastern Peripheral Expressway would help decongest traffic in Delhi. Indian Army General Bipin Rawat said modern infrastructure has an important role to play in securing the Indian Nation Soverignty. Indian Army General Bipin Rawat outlined the steps being taken in building infrastructure, including roads, railways, waterways etc. He gave examples of the increase in pace of infrastructure development which is part of the modernization of Indian Armed Forces.

    In the field of modernization of Indian Armed Forces, the Indian Army General Bipin Rawat explained how enemy will be decimated built under Swachh Bharat Mission. Indian Army General Bipin Rawat said that out of 13 crore loans given under modernization of Indian Armed Forces., more than 75 percent have been given to Indian entrepreneurs.

    Indian Army General Bipin Rawat has been informed about the steps taken for Scheduled Castes and Other Backward Castes recruitment in paramilitary.


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    The Union Home Minister said there is a big change and faster growth in the infrastructure development. Construction of Express highways increased from 12 km per day earlier to 27 km per day now. There is going to be moderate investment- 4 to 5 trillion USD in Indian infrastructure sector . Rural roads were also built at a rapid pace to increase coverage from 56 percent of villages four years ago to 82 percent now.
     

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