Road from Gaurikund to Rudraprayag (10th July, 2016): The central government is about to spend Rs. 800 crore to repair and redesign the road between Rudraprayag to Gaurikund which is 76 km long. This road was badly damaged during the flash flood of 2013. Gaurikund is the base camp site for Kedarnath shrine trek. The detailed project report has already been prepared and an amount of Rs, 215 crore already sanctioned for the construction program.
As per the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), an amount of Rs. 112 crore has been sanctioned for the road portion between Rudraprayag to Vijaynagar, which is a stretch of about 18 km, while Rs. 103 crore has been allocated for an elevated corridor at Soneprayag. The length of the elevated corridor over the confluence of Soneprayag and Mandakini would be around 775 m. In addition to this a 2 km long approach road would also be constructed for the viaduct.
The road which connects Rudraprayag to Gaurikund is very narrow at many places and may require the engineering feat to smoothen the traffic during the peak seasons. This road is very busy during the summer when Kedarnath kapat opens. The condition of road remains good during the summers as the road gets blocked during rainy season only. It has been witnessed that the road gets frequently blocked during monsoon season. There have been many instances when the people get stuck at a particular place for many days due the road blocks on this route. Due to the bad road conditions during rainy seaon in Uttarakhand, the pilgrimage tourism drops down very drastically. The places which are very vulnerable to the landslidings are Gabri, Chandrapuri, Baswara Kund etc.
The step in the direction to improve the roads is definitely a very positive move by the central government. Hope one day we shall see a road free of any blocks or land sliding, which is good for the tourists as well as the local people residing in the surrounding areas.