By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Haridwar, 21 Feb: The Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Nitin Gadkari, inaugurated and laid the foundation stones for projects worth Rs 5,894 crores at Chandi Ghat, here, today.
The projects included six newly constructed sewage treatment plants (STPs) along with 18 pumping stations across the state of Uttarakhand under the National Mission for Clean Ganga. The venue for the inauguration was Chandi Ghat. This ghat in Uttarakhand is part of 36 others that have been completed.
The STPs and Ghats are part of 48 projects in the field of sewage management, Ghats and Crematoria works, River Front development works, Afforestation, Bio-remediation, Rural Sanitation and river surface cleaning works at the cost of Rs 1354.33 Crores, which are at different stages of implementation.
The Union Minister laid the foundation stone for seven NH projects worth Rs 5555 Crores. These included work for preparing Detailed Project Report for construction of ring road in Haridwar, balance work of Haridwar-Dehradun National Highway among others in the hill state.
Speaking on the occasion, Gadkari also announced river rejuvenation plans for Banganga and Sonali rivers. He inaugurated Iqbalpur Canal works which will serve 33,000 hectare of farmlands.
While releasing the books ‘The Making of Chandi Ghat’ and ‘Ghats in Uttarakhand’, he said that the 700 metre long Chandi Ghat could accommodate 10,000 people, simultaneously. He further said that the projects for constructing ring roads in Dehradun and Haldwani were under consideration.
He exhorted the state government to convert waste into wealth and use bio-fuels in transportation. The Minister said that, once completed, the Char Dham Highway Development Project will mean all weather connectivity from Rishikesh to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. This project covers a total route length of 900 kms covering the state of Uttarakhand at an estimated cost of about Rs 12,000 crores.
Chief Minister TS Rawat said that work was speedily in progress on Namami Gange and the National Highways. Ongoing projects would be completed well in time. Work would begin soon on the Mussoorie-Dehradun ropeway. Plans were being made for ropeways at Neelkanth, Kedarnath, Yamunotrie and Mukteshwar. Meetings would be held with WAPCOS officials at the Secretary level. A survey had been conducted to land seaplanes in the Tehri Dam Reservoir. People’s cooperation was needed to keep the Ganga pure and clean. He offered Rs 1 lakh from his salary for the Namami Gange Trust. MLA Suresh Rathore also promised Rs 51,000 for the Trust.
Present on the occasion were Union Minister of State Dr Satyapal Singh, Haridwar MP Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Cabinet Ministers Madan Kaushik, Satpal Maharaj and Dr Harak Singh Rawat, State BJP President Ajay Bhatt, MLAs Adesh Chauhan, Yateeshwaranand, Suresh Rathore, Sanjay Gupta, Pradeep Batra, Rishikesh Mayor Anita Mamgain, etc.
By OUR STAFF REPORTER