Under the Chardham Development Project, a 902 meter long tunnel will be built at Rudraprayag to link Badrinath and Gaurikund National Highways. For this tunnel to be built from 200 crores, the Union Ministry of Forest and Environment has given permission for transfer of land. Construction of the tunnel is expected to begin within a year. Besides, Command Officer, BRO-66 RCC Gauchar Nagendra Kumar said that the BRO has prepared its DPR. This tunnel will be built on the mountain adjacent to the Jawadi bypass ahead of the PWD Provincial Division office. At the other end of it, on the Rudraprayag-Chopta-Pokhari motorway, it will emerge from the population area in Bellani. Here a 190 meter long bridge over the Alaknanda River will be built to link the tunnel to the Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway.
This would be advantage
With the construction of the tunnel, Kedarnath tiraha at district headquarters, Bellani bridge and main market will get rid of the day-long jam. At the same time, the people of the villages on both sides of the river will also have easy access to the highway. South Korea's Yogma Engineering and India's Feedback Intra Company jointly conducted the tunnel hole borehole survey two years ago.
The proposal was sent in 2008-09
BRO-66 RCC Gauchar had sent a proposal for construction of tunnel in 2008-09 to link Badrinath and Gaurikund National Highways outside the population area in Rudraprayag. After the study and the opinion of experts, the center approved the survey of tunnel in 2011-12. After this, the survey was completed in three phases in the year 2015-16.