SILKYARA TUNNEL (Syllabus: GS Paper 3 – Economy/Infrastructure)

News-CRUX-10     29th November 2023        
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Context: Recently, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways of India, expressed his complete relief and happiness as 41 trapped laborers in the Silkyara Tunnel Collapse have been successfully rescued.

Silkyara Tunnel 

  • Location: The 4.5-km tunnel is currently under construction, connecting Silkyara and Dandalgaon on the Brahmakhal-Yamunotri segment of the National Highway.
  • Project Purpose: This tunnel forms a crucial part of the Char Dham all-weather road initiative, linking four sacred Hindu sites.
  • Government Initiative: The Chardham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojana is an initiative by the Central government aimed at enhancing road connectivity to the four sacred sites in Uttarakhand: Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath.
  • Objective: To upgrade and widen 1100 km of highways, transforming them into all-weather roads.

Other Incidents of Tunnel Collapse in Himalayas

  • Kiratpur- Nerchowk Tunnel collapse in Himachal Pradesh, 2015
  • Tehri Hydropoject Tunnel Collapse 2004.