New Delhi: The Prime Minister’s visit to Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, was marked by a significant array of development projects, both inaugurated and with foundation stones laid. These initiatives are poised to bring about a transformative impact in various sectors of the state.
In terms of projects that were inaugurated, a total of 76 rural roads and 25 bridges in rural areas, constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), took center stage. These infrastructural improvements are set to enhance accessibility in remote regions, fostering growth and connectivity. Additionally, 15 new buildings for Block Development Offices (BDO) across nine districts signify a boost in administrative facilities.
The upgradation of roads was a key focus, with three roads funded under the Central Road Fund receiving enhancements, namely the Kausani Bageshwar road, Dhari-Dauba-Giricheena road, and Nagala-Kiccha road. Moreover, two National Highways, the Almora Petshal – Panuwanaula – Danya (NH 309B) and Tanakpur – Chalthi (NH 125), witnessed improvements, contributing to smoother and more efficient transportation.
In the realm of water supply, three distinct categories of projects were undertaken. First, 38 pumping drinking water schemes, followed by 419 gravity-based water supply schemes, and lastly, three tube wells-based water supply schemes were set in motion, all aimed at improving the accessibility of clean water in various regions.
The development initiatives extended to the creation of Tharkot artificial lake in Pithoragarh, a promising addition to the state’s recreational and environmental landscape. On the energy front, the 132 KV Pithoragarh-Lohaghat (Champawat) Power Transmission Line ensures improved power distribution.
Furthermore, 39 bridges were constructed across Uttarakhand, enhancing connectivity and accessibility within the state. The Uttarakhand State Disaster Management Authority (USDMA) building in Dehradun, supported by the World Bank funded Uttarakhand Disaster Recovery Project, was another milestone in bolstering the state’s resilience and preparedness for disasters.
The foundation stone-laying ceremony included a scheme for the construction of 21,398 poly-houses, a vital step in increasing the production of flowers and vegetables while enhancing their quality. The cultivation of high-density intensive apple orchards was another horticultural endeavor aimed at bolstering the state’s agriculture sector.
A series of road upgradation projects were initiated for National Highways, emphasizing the significance of a well-maintained transportation network. Disaster preparedness and resilience in Uttarakhand were prioritized through the construction of bridges, upgrades to the State Emergency Operation Center in Dehradun, and measures for landslide prevention in Balianala, Nainital, along with improvements in other infrastructure linked to fire services, healthcare, and forest management.
The education sector also received attention, with the development of hostels and computer labs in 20 model degree colleges across the state. In healthcare, a 100-bedded sub-district hospital was proposed for Someshwar, Almora, along with a 50-bedded hospital block in Champawat. Meanwhile, sports and recreation facilities were improved with the introduction of an Astroturf Hockey Ground at Haldwani Stadium, Nainital, and a Velodrome Stadium in Rudrapur.
Lastly, the ‘Manaskhand Mandir Mala Mission Scheme’ aimed at the infrastructure development of temples, including Jageshwar Dham in Almora, Haat Kalika in Pithoragarh, and Naina Devi in Nainital, emphasizing the cultural and religious heritage of the state.
In sum, these projects and initiatives encompassed a wide spectrum of sectors, from infrastructure and transportation to agriculture, healthcare, and culture, underscoring the commitment to overall development in Uttarakhand.