Guv reviews progress of Rs 77 crore THDCIL Project

Governor NN Vohra, Chairman, Mata Vaishno Devi ne Board, reviewed the Rs 77 crore THDCIL project, which is being executed in phases, to protect, treat and stabilise 33 sites on the Trikuta mountains which have been identified as potentially the most vulnerable from the point of view of landslides and stones falling on the tracks. This phased project is being executed as a long term measure to ensure against falling stones and landslides on the tracks, which have been causing injuries and deaths of pilgrims, and to enhance the safety and security of the pilgrims. A K Sahu, CEO of the ne Board informed the Chairman that, as earlier directed by the latter, extensive work is also underway to construct rain shelter sheds on the tracks. CEO reported that so far about 15 km track length has been covered with shelter sheds while work to cover the remaining vulnerable stretches of the tracks is in progress. High quality heavy gauge CGI sheets are being used to cover the sheds which absorb the thrust of the smaller falling stones. For greater safety, at the Board’s request, M/s THDCIL has prepared an improved version of shelter sheds which can take upto 30 to 40 kgs load. Chairman has directed CEO to erect these new sheds, on trial basis, at several identified vulnerable locations.
CEO reported to the Chairman that, as per his earlier direction, an 8 feet high welded mesh fence has been erected all along the track to ensure against any pilgrim accidentally falling down the hill slopes. As of now this fencing has been erected along 18 km of the tracks, at an approximate cost of Rs 7 crore.
Chairman observed that, along with the five Jammu based Board Members, he would be undertaking an early visit to the ne area to inspect the slope stabilisation work which has been so far done under the guidance of HL Maini, Technical Adviser and Member of the Board.

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