The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has allocated ₹318 crore for the construction of a 150-km-long all-weather road connecting Tanakpur and Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand, according to Executive Engineer of NHAI, Sunil Kumar. The project will be executed in four phases, with the agency initially repairing 49 landslide-prone spots along the strategically important NH-9 road to ensure that it remains open even during the monsoon season. Expert agency THDL has been appointed as the supervisor for the project by the ministry, and the proposal has been finalised based on their report.
The Tanakpur-Pithoragarh stretch is part of a larger road project that traverses the Char Dham pilgrim spots, which was approved by the central government in 2016 at a cost of ₹12,000 crore. The construction of this all-weather road is expected to significantly improve connectivity and facilitate easier transportation between the two cities. The allocation of funds by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways demonstrates the government's commitment to improving infrastructure and promoting development in Uttarakhand.