Pithoragarh, March 20
The construction work on the 150-km strategic Tanakpur-Jauljibi road, along the border with Nepal in Pithoragarh and Champawat districts, may start in near future as a private construction company has been given the work to compile a detailed project report of the road, PWD officials said here today.
The Union Home Ministry had proposed the construction of the road to ensure proper guarding of the Nepal border, said the sources.
“The company concerned has been asked to prepare a detailed project report and do paperwork to obtain forest clearance for the 138-km stretch of the road from the Union Ministry of Forest and Environment. The clearance is still to be obtained,” said Gokarn Singh Pangti, Superintendent, PWD, Pithoragarh division.
The PWD officials said as environment clearance for a 12-km stretch of the road from Tanakpur to Thuligar had been obtained from the ministry concerned, the work to make it double lane was in progress.
“We have warned the company of a penalty if it fails to prepare the DPR of the road in the stipulated time. The construction of the road has already been delayed by 18 years as it was proposed by the Uttar Pradesh government headed by Mulayam Singh Yadav in 1994,” said Pangti. He was addressing engineers at a meeting held in this connection in the district headquarters today.
A PWD engineer said once complete the road would connect more than 150 border villages in Pithoragarh and Champawat districts to main roads. It would also enable the Seema Suraksha Bal and paramilitary forces guarding the Nepal border to patrol remote areas.
“As the Union Home Ministry had sanctioned the road, its officials call meetings every second month to take stock of the progress on the project. We hope that after a detailed project report is prepared, forest clearance for the 138-km stretch of the road will be obtained by next six months,” said the PWD engineer.
The sources said the Centre had sanctioned Rs 500 crore for the construction of the road.