Talking to reporters on February 9 after releasing the BJP’s manifesto ahead of the upcoming assembly polls, Gadkari said the network of roads in Uttarakhand will become as good as those in the US in the next five years. “Besides making the pilgrimage to the Himalayan temples safe during all seasons, it will be the lifeline of the people of Uttarakhand,” he said.
The Tanakpur-Pithoragarh highway and its stretch up to Lipulekh will also be completed before December this year. These roads will make the journey to Kailash-Mansarovar via Uttarakhand very smooth, he said. He also said the Centre has decided not to allow any cutting of trees for the construction of Chardham all-weather road.
Gadkari said his ministry is introducing a new highway between Dehradun and Delhi which will reduce the travel time between the two cities to two hours. This road will be so convenient for people that they will stop traveling between the two cities by air. Prefer to take the road route, he said. Quoting US President John F Kennedy who once said “American roads are not good because America is rich but America is rich because American roads are good,” Gadkari said. Adding that over the next five years, roads in Uttarakhand will become as good as the roads in the US.
The Union minister also spoke of the sewage treatment plants set up. Sewage lines laid in the Ganga and its tributaries when he was in charge of Namami Gange to make the river clean. He said ropeway projects are going to come up at seven places in Uttarakhand which will give a boost to tourism.
While work on ropeway projects in Kedarnath and Hemkund Sahib has started, work on the DPRs of five others is underway, he said. He said the credit for all these goes not to political leaders but to the people of Uttarakhand who allowed the BJP to serve them. He expressed confidence that the people will vote for the BJP once again in the upcoming elections for the state’s continued development.
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