BRO Carrying Out Widening Of Amarnath Tracks

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has undertaken the widening of tracks along the Baltal route to provide smooth passage to Amarnath Yatra pilgrims.

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By: Shabeer Ahmad | SRINAGAR
Updated: 25 October, 2022 9:24 pm IST
BRO was also given the responsibility of the maintenance and management of the Amarnath route

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has undertaken the widening of tracks along the Baltal route to provide smooth passage to Amarnath Yatra pilgrims.

The Jammu & Kashmir Government transferred tracks leading to Amarnathji Holy Cave to BRO for development, maintenance, and management in September this year.

“Within a month of the track being handed over to BRO, a significant change can be observed in the initial stretch of the track. As part of Project Beacon’s restoration and widening of the 13.2 km Amarnathji Yatra track, narrow stretches and critical slide points are being repaired and widened on a war footing,” BRO said in a statement.

It also stated that Project Beacon has deployed men and machinery to the Baltal-Holy cave route in order to make significant progress before the arrival of winter.

The work on the track commenced on September 29 after a joint survey was carried out by all the concerned departments with BRO.

“Amidst various challenges posed by the terrain and weather, the pace of activities for restoration and improvement of the track remains uninterrupted and target milestones are being achieved and monitored on a daily basis,” BRO said.

“The primary focus of personnel on Project Beacon is to initially increase the track width at slide points and critical/risky stretches. By improving the gradient, stabilizing slide points and continuing permanent works on the track in future courses of action, the track will be revamped to minimize travel time and minimize hazardous incidents,” BRO stated.

In terms of progress, as of date, formation cutting on an initial stretch of 3.8 km is in progress. Dozers, excavators, rock breakers, and tractors are deployed all along the stretch for improvement activities.

“Chief Engineer of Beacon visited the site to review progress and to take stock of improvement activities happening on the ground. He motivated the team to work with full enthusiasm and give their best to improve the present status of the track with high-quality standards,” it further stated.

“Never before has this kind of heavy equipment and machinery been inducted ahead of Domail. Project Beacon is continuously working to improve the road infrastructure in the Kashmir Valley,” the statement added.

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