Every practising Hindu, once in their lifetime, wish to visit the Chaar Dhaam (4 holy places), which are considered to be among the holiest places in Hinduism. The Chaar Dhaams are Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, situated amidst the lap of Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand. More than 800,000 pilgrims undertake this extremely holy pilgrimage of Chaar Dhaam , which is open only between the months of April to November. The journey is extremely difficult and at times, dangerous due to lack of proper world class roads. Frequent landslides and cloud bursts make the journey even more difficult and perilous.

In what can be considered as the best gift to the entire Hindu community, PM Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the Chardham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojna in Dehradun. The Chardham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojna, or the Chardham highway development project, is an ambitious initiative to improve connectivity to the Char Dham pilgrimage centres in the Himalayas. The project aims to construct 900 km of national highways connecting the 4 pilgrimage sites. These highways will be built at an approximate cost of Rs 12,000 crore.

The project will make travel to the Char Dham (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath) more convenient and extremely safe. The project involves widening the existing highway that connects the four abodes and construction of new highways where required. Apart from widening, the road transport and highways ministry plans to improve the stretches to two-lane carriageway with paved shoulders, protect landslide hazard zones, construct bypasses, long bridges, tunnels and elevated corridors to ensure safety for the users.

Watch this video to know the details of this mega Char Dham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojana, and how it will help lakhs of pilgrims and tourists to undertake the journey of Chaar Dhaams in a more convenient and safe way. Currently, the journey is extremely tiring, inconvenient and hazardous. The existing road network along Chaar Dhaam got severely devastated following the cloudburst in 2013. After Narendra Modi assumed office in 2014, he decided to upgrade the roadways network in the upper Himalayan region and make it world-class. The roads leading to Gangotri and Badrinath are not only important from pilgrimage, but extremely important from a strategic point of view as these roads are used for supply and deployment to the defence establishments along the Indo-China border areas in Uttarakhand.


Kshitij Mohan