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Construction begins for 150km road that will make it easy for armed forces to reach China border

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    • The 150-km Tanakpur-Pithoragarh road will make it easier for the armed forces to mobilise troops and armaments to the India-China border
    • The 12-meter wide road would be constructed by 2019
    • The cost of the road, will be approximately Rs 1,065 crore, which excludes the cost of three bypasses
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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 India-China border, officials said on Monday.

    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 India-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 LD 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.
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    "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.
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    "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 India-China border which is 200km 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 PM Modi during the state elections earlier this year.

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com...o-reach-china-border/articleshow/61728471.cms
     
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    Construction begins on a 150 KM road which will make it easier for Indian army to reach China border

    The construction of an all weather 150 KM stretch from Tanakpur to Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand has begun, which as per reports would make it easier for the Indian armed forces to reach the Chinese border.

    This road is being constructed under the ambitious Char Dham all weather highway development project. Under this project launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December 2016, the damaged 1100 KM long highways in the state would be turned into all weather roads.

    This Rs 12,000 crore project would result in the connecting the Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrnath Dhams. It is distributed into 7 packages which also involves the aforementioned Tanakpur to Pithoragarh stretch.

    As per LD Mathela, an executive engineer of NH 125, the deadline for completing this stretch is set at 2019 and the target can be easily met considering, the road has no tunnels or over-bridges.

    One of the reasons why neither tunnels nor over bridges are being constructed on the route is that a non-rocky hill portion isn’t available and the nature of soil and costs involved too don’t permit their construction. The total stretch is expected to cost about Rs 1065 crores.

    After the completion of this 12 metre wide road, it would be able to bear the weight and width of all the defence equipment needed during times of emergency, along the India-China border.

    Apart from improving the national security, this all weather highway development project would also increase road safety and reduce the travel time by 30% to 40%.

    This road stretch isn’t the only one in this country which will aid the troop movement towards the border areas.

    We had reported how two 475 metres and 1790 metres long proposed tunnels through the Sela pass in Arunachal would help in reducing the travel time to the Chinese border by an hour. The tunnels, which would be part of a new 12.37-km alignment, would cut down the 320-km distance from Tezpur, the Army’s 4 Corps headquarters, to Arunachal’s Tawang by about 10 km.

    Such developments are significant in light of the recent Doklam standoff between the two countries, which signalled the fact that India needs to be prepared for any kind of scenario which China might throw its way.

    http://www.opindia.com/2017/11/cons...easier-for-indian-army-to-reach-china-border/
     
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