Uttarakhand Rebuilding Roads
The Union Highways Ministry has demanded Rs. 300cr for the immediate restoration of the road network in the flood and cloud bust ravaged Uttarakhand state, however, the total cost of the permanent restoration work has been pegged at about Rs. 2000cr. The two worst affected stretches - Rishikesh to Mana and Rudraprayag to Gauri Kund - need Rs 30cr each for immediate repair, as per estimates submitted by the Border Roads Organization (BRO) to the ministry. The other four National Highways (NHs) maintained by the organization will require at least another Rs. 40cr to make the stretches mortorable.

In addition, the Uttarakhand PWD has also sought Rs 30cr from the highways ministry for carrying out repairing and restoration of stretches maintained by the agency. Official sources said that the transport ministry is also pushing the case of simultaneously taking task of permanent rebuilding of roads along with the immediate restoration work. This is because Uttarakhand, particularly the Garhwal region, which is limping back to normalcy, will greatly depend on the road transport network as it has no rail network. Meanwhile, the new highways minister Oscar Fernandes visited Uttarakhand and held a review meeting on the progress of road restoration work with top brass of BRO. The minister has assured the BRO that there would be no dearth of fund to carry out the repairing and restoration task.