DEHRADUN: In a first of its kind in India, Uttarakhand will develop abandoned bridges at Char Dham Yatra route in the hill state into ‘Food Stations’.
The identification of such bridges has started which will be converted into ‘Restaurants On Rivers’ equipped with modern facilities including water and electricity.
Satpal Maharaj, state tourism minister told The New Indian, “These bridges are old single-lane bridges. Now they are lying unused as we have built new, broader bridges. We have started a process to identify such bridges and soon the work will start. The project will be unique and first in India.”
The state public works department has identified a total of 19 such bridges to date on five National Highways on the Char Dham Routes.
On NH-58 Dehradun-Badrinath-Mana total of seven such bridges have been identified followed by one on NH-94 which covers Rishikesh-Dharasu-Barkot-Phoolchatti in Yamunotri Dham, one at NH-94 Rudraprayag-Gaurikund and 10 on NH-119.
Officials from the state tourism department told that the concept originates from the ‘Bridge Restaurant’ popular in the United States of America and European countries.