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New Delhi : The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister  Narendra Modi has given its approval to the construction of 4.531 km long 2-Lane Bi-Directional Silkyara Bend – Barkot Tunnel with escape passage including approaches on Dharasu -Yamunotri section between chainage 25.400 km and chainage 51.000 km in Uttarakhand.

The project will be falling along NH-134 (old NH-94) in the State of Uttarakhand.  The project will be built under Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) mode. This is funded under NH (O) Scheme of Ministry of RT&H and forms part of ambitious Chardham Plan.

The construction period of the project is 4 years. The civil construction cost of the project is estimated at Rs 1,119.69 crore while the total project cost is Rs 1,383.78 crore, which is inclusive of the cost towards Land Acquisition & Rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities as well as Maintenance and Operation cost of tunnel for 4 years.

The construction of this tunnel will provide all weather connectivity to Yamunotri, one of the dham on Chardham Yatra, encouraging regional socio-economic development, trade and tourism within the country. It will reduce the travel distance from Dharasu to Yamunotri by about 20 km and travel time by about an hour. The proposed tunnel will save number of trees that would have been required to be removed in the road improvement of 25.600 km had the original alignment been followed, according to a PIB release.

The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) through National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. (NHIDCL), a wholly state owned company, formed in 2014 for development of highways in states on the international borders.

The project aims at construction of 4.531 km long two lane Bi-Directional tunnel (along with 328m approach road) with escape passage on Dharasu –Yamunotri in the State of Uttarakhand.

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