Uttarakhand government launches several development projects

Eight areas falling in different flood-hit districts have been identified as special zones and the stretch from Rambara to Kedarnath a very special zone for rehabilitation and reconstruction work in affected areas, he told reporters in Dehradun. Road reconstruction work between Rambara and Kedarnath has been slowed down owing to bad weather but it is hoped it will begin soon and will be completed by May 5 so that everything is in place before the start of Char Dham yatra season this year. An official of the SDM rank with adequate financial and administrative powers will be deployed in each of these special zones to speed up rehabilitation and reconstruction exercise, Rawat said. A blueprint for reconstruction of a road between Rambara and Gaurikund has been drawn up already and work on it will start soon. Rambara, a bustling township and a major stopover destination on way to famed Himalayan shrine Kedarnath was totally inundated in the tragedy that befell the state in June last year with all its tourist infrastructure demolished. A large number of bodies were recovered from the area months after the calamity. The Chief Minister said development projects worth Rs 1,803 crore were launched by his Cabinet colleagues in various parts of the state. February 9 is being observed as ‘Vikas Diwas’ (Development Day) in the state.

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