The Centre has invested Rs 12,070 crore in developing teerth yatra sites including Vaishno Devi, Golden Temple, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Char Dham, Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said.
In a press conference in Maharashtra, Gadkari said, “With our ‘Bharatmala Pariyojana’, Vaishno Devi, Golden Temple, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Char Dham, all ‘teerth yatra’ sites have been developed by investing Rs 12,070 crore on 673km; rest 827 km will be worked on after Supreme Court’s permission”.
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Gadkari statement has come after Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for two road projects to improve connectivity to the temple town of Pandharpur in Maharashtra via video conferencing on Monday. PM Modi laid the foundation stone for four-laning five sections of Shri Sant Dnyaneshawar Maharaj Palkhi Marg (NH-965) and three sections of Shri Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi Marg (NH-965G). Dedicated walkways for ‘Palkhi’ (palanquin) will be constructed on either side of these national highways, providing hassle-free and safe passage to devotees. The projects are designed to facilitate pilgrims’ journey to Pandharpur, a town associated with Sant Tukaram and Sant Dnyaneshawa