Baijnath-Bharmour road project okayed

Ravinder Sood

Palampur, August 11

The government has cleared the 114-km Baijnath-Bharmour-Holi road project. The road will be constructed through the Dhauladhars, connecting Baijnath with Bharmour via the Jalsu Pass. This project had been hanging fire for the past 30 years.

Trilok Kapoor, Chairman, HP State Wool Federation, today told mediapersons that after the completion of the road project, the distance between Baijnath and Bharmour would be reduced by 200 km. The project would be funded by NABARD and it had released Rs 13 crore for the construction of 15-km road in the first phase. He thanked Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur for taking interest in getting the project cleared from the Centre.

Kapoor said last year, he had also called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and requested him to declare the Baijnath-Bharmour road project as a national project. He said the Centre had approved the project report of the state government and also released Rs 13 crore for the first phase.

"The road will benefit the tribal people of Chamba and Kangra districts, who live in the snowbound areas of Dhauladhars for nine months in a year and also migrate to lower areas during the winter," Kapoor added.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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