Dehradun, April 27 (IANS) The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is set to construct an elevated corridor at the cost of Rs.100 crore in Uttarakhand that will offer a big relief to pilgrims undertaking Char Dham Yatra.
The one-km long corridor, set to come up in the state's Sonprayag area, is expected to facilitate lakhs of pilgrims heading towards Kedarnath.
A private Ukrainian company has been contracted to build the corridor.
During Char Dham Yatra, Sonprayag usually experiences huge traffic snarls and the elevated corridor will prove helpful to pilgrims as well as administrative authorities.
NHAI's senior official P.K. Mourya said the one-km, two-lane elevated corridor will enable the visitors to even skip Sonprayag during their pilgrimage. It will not just be the state's longest but highest corridor as well.
The Char Dham Yatra or, pilgrimage to four religious sites in Uttarakhand, comprises visits to Yamnotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath.
Yamnotri and Gangotri are the points of origin of the Yamuna and the Ganga rivers, considered holy by the Hindus, and Kedarnath and Badrinath are the famed shrines devoted to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu respectively in the lap of the Himalayan foothills.