Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be arriving in the hill state of Uttarakhand on December 27, an official said on Friday. Following the confirmation of the visit from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), security arrangements are being beefed up.
Soon after his arrival at Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport, Modi will head to an event where he will lay the foundation stone for the “all-weather road” for the ‘Chaar Dhaam Yatra’ – an annual pilgrimage to the shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
The road once constructed will ensure round-the-year, hassle free travel to these shrines and the famous Sikh shrine Hemkund Saheb also, state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Ajay Bhatt informed.
The ambitious project aims to ensure uninterrupted all weather safe journey for pilgrims to the four shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Describing the project as “close to BJP’s heart”, Bhatt said the Centre had directly sanctioned Rs 11,500 crore for it.
Seven 889km stretches will be constructed under the project. To enhance road safety, landslide hazard zones will be identified and bypasses, bridges, tunnels and elevated corridiors built. Bhatt added that BJP national president Amit Shah will also visit Dehradun to inaugurate a private hospital on December 23. He is likely to chair a poll-related meeting during his visit.