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Char Dham pilgrimage

Topics Covered:

Indian culture – salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

 

Char Dham pilgrimage

 

What to study?

For prelims: bout Char Dham project and its geographical location.

For mains: Significance of the project, environmental concerns, NGT and Supreme Court’s views.

 

Context: Chardham Yatra: Kedarnath portals open for public.

 

About Chardham project:

  • The project involves developing and widening 900-km of national highways connecting the holy Hindu pilgrimage sites of; Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri at an estimated cost of Rs.12,000 crores.
  • The highway will be called Char Dham Mahamarg(Char Dham Highway) and the highway construction project will be called as Char Dham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojana (Char Dham Highway Development Project).
  • The roads will be widened from 12m to 24m and the project will involve construction of tunnels, bypasses, bridges, subways and viaducts.

Sources: the hindu.