Ground Report | New Delhi: Kailash Mansarovar new route; The pilgrimage site for Hindus, Jains and Buddhists, Kailash Mansarovar, can be visited without being located in the Tibet Autonomous Region under China or Nepal, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari told parliament on Tuesday.
In Parliament on Tuesday, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said the pilgrimage site will be accessible from Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand by the end of next year. “I don’t want to travel to Kailash Mansarovar through Nepal or China. The Indians will be able to reach Mansarovar from Pithoragarh by the end of 2023. We have completed 85 per cent of the work.”
Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said that after the road is built by December 2023, pilgrims will be able to easily travel to Kailash Mansarovar. Devotees will not have to go to Kailash Mansarovar via Nepal or China. You can go to Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by road directly from Pithoragarh.
The Ghatbagad-Lipulekh strategic highway connecting the border with China will be paved in two years. Due to the widening and hot mix of this road, not only will local village people and security force personnel get better means of transportation but Kailash Mansarovar Yatra will also be easier.
Gadkari also told Parliament that his ministry was expanding road connectivity in Jammu and Kashmir, which would drastically cut travel time between Srinagar and Delhi or Mumbai. The projects cost 7 billion rupees, he said.
“Four tunnels are under construction: Ladakh to Kargil, Kargil to Z-Morh, Z-Morh to Srinagar and Srinagar to Jammu. The Z-Morh is preparing. Work is already underway on the Zojila tunnel. Some 1,000 workers are currently on the site. I have given him a deadline of 2024 to complete the project,” said the minister.
The new route to Kailash Mansarovar from Uttarakhand consists of three sections.
- The first section is a 107.6 km long road from Pithoragarh to Tawaghat.
- The second is from Tawaghat to Ghatiabgarh in a single lane of 19.5 km.
- The third section is 80 km long from Ghatiabgarh to Lipulekh Pass in the border with China which can only be explored on foot.
- The Ghatiabgarh to Lipulekh road is now under construction and is expected to be completed by 2023.
- This road was approved in 2005 at a cost of Rs 80.76 crore and revised in 2018 at a revised cost of Rs 439.40 crore.