Last Updated On: 14/12/2016 | Print Version


Since inception of Project Shivalik in the year 2009, following has been achieved despite two years working period being diverted to the damages caused by disaster of 2012 and 2013:-

Item of work




Km Class-9



Km Class-9


Permanent Wks

Rs. Crore


Major Bridge




Km Class-9


In addition to the noteworthy achievements during the natural calamities, the project has following exceptional tasks to its credit:- 

(a) Construction of Road Rattakona-Mana Pass :- Mana Pass (Alt 18.399 Feet) is a mountain pass between India and Tibet which is higher than Khardungla Pass in Kashmir.This Pass has been an ancient trade route between Uttarakhand and Tibet, until its closure in 1951 by the Chinese. Despite  limited working period and adverse weather conditions, 75 RCC/21 BRTF Constructed this road in 71 Days which is the highest motorable road in the world.

(b) Extension of Rimkhim Helipad :- To accelerate the progress of construction of the strategically important road of Girthidobla - Sumna- Rimkhim ,the size of the Rimkhim helipad at an altitude of 12500 feet was increased from 25 x 15 m to 75 x 35 m. Resources including dozer and mini excavators were heli-lifted to Rimkhim as there was no vehicular road connectivity of Rimkhim. This helipad facilitated the landing of MI-26 helicopters thereby providing logistics support to the troops deployed in forward area.

(c) Road Girthidobla-Sumna :- Connectivity of road Girthidobla - Sumna for a langth of 6.55km is a part of strategically important ICBR. This has facilitated the logistic supports for troops in forwarded area by road which was previously through heli dropping and mule carriage. 

In 2015 highlights of the Project are as  under :-  

(a) Connectivity of  Sumna - Rimkhim (ICBR) on 07 Aug 2015 thereby providing vehicular connectivity to Rimkhim Post which was erstwhile air maintained. 

(b) In new technology initiatives, Cold mix technology has been used on (ICBR) in the protected areas where installation of Hot mix plant is not permitted.

(c) Five major bridges named Bhagirathi-1, Khunigad, Badasu, Gobindgad and Pathigad completed during the year.

(d)  Despite heavy snowfall compared to previous years the lines of communication were kept open all through the season with no blockage for more than 24 hrs except Hathipahad land slide and Kanchanganga avalanche. This has been appreciated by the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Uttarakhand and other officers of Civil Administration.     

  In 2016 highlights of the Project are as  under :-  

a) Completion of Bhagirathi-II Bridge on Uttarkashi Byepass.

b) Large scale slides occurred between Nandprayag and Chamoli on 01 July 2016 due to incessant rain and cloud burst causing damage to life and property. The National Highway connecting Rudraprayag-Joshimath-Mana, the main axis for the yatra, was covered with numerous landslides and boulders which rolled down on NH-07, disrupting complete movement of traffic, stranding pilgrims and locals on both sides. Team Shivalik took up the challenge and mobilized all mechanical resources and manpower for opening the yatra axis with operational urgency. The dedicated effort of the Project Shivalik, which worked tirelessly with clockwork precision, opened the Badrinath Dham Yatra axis in Uttarakhand within four days.

The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Shri Harish Rawat expressed his satisfaction for the challenging task done by the Project in keeping the entire yatra axis open despite challenging weather conditions. A total of 122 slides occurred during this monsoon season. True to its motto 'Sharmena Sarvam Sadhyam', team Shivalik once again proved its mettle in the state of Uttarakhand by displaying its preparedness, professional acumen and responsiveness during all calamities. 

c) Lt Gen Suresh Sharma, AVSM, DGBR visited the project area three times and laid special emphasis on ICBRs.

d) President of India visited 66 RCC on 22 June 2016 and expressed his happiness on the work being done by BRO for ensuring  smooth char  dham yatra to piligrims.

e) In consultation with National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) Nagpur, a new technology being adopted for slope stabilization in 36 BRTF Sector.

f) Lt Gen BS Negi,UYSM,YSM,SM,VSM**,PhD, GOC-in-C Central Command visited HQ CE Project Shivalik from 09 to 11 Nov 2016. During the visit of the Army Cdr, he was briefed on various activities undertaken by the Project in Uttarakhand State.

The Army Cdr while emphasizing on the need for timely completion of  strategically important GS roads, lauded the untiring efforts put in by Project Shivalik and its subordinate units in keeping the road network in its AOR traffic worthy throughout the year under highly challenging terrain and weather conditions. 

g)   ICBR Girthidobla-Sumna.  Girthidobla-Sumna is the only axis leading to Rimkhim, farthest border post on Joshimath-Rimkhim axis on Indo China border in Uttrakhand. The altitude various from 10000 to 12000 ft. Though the connectivity between Joshimath-Girthidobla and Girthidobla-Sumna had been achieved earlier, connectivity between Girthidobla and Sumna was yet to be achieved due to rugged trn in high altitude with challenging weather conditions. Due to the ltd working window every year only 400-80 m could be cut. However in 2016, it was taken up as a challenge to complete the balance 1.9 Km in one working season. 123 RCC of 21 BRTF with grit and determination, working day and night and taking on the work at multiple attack points achieved connectivity on 06 Nov 2016.

h)       Use of Cold Mix Technology.  Work on following important roads was carried out to overcome the impediments of sanction of hot mix in protected areas:-

(i)         Naga-Jadhang. The road from Naga to Jadhang ITBP Post has been black topped by using cold mix surfacing. Cold mix plant under NCNC basis was installed at Naga and the surface was laid by using paver to achieved good riding surface.

(ii)        Nelong-Naa. 5.19 KM surfacing has been completed using cold mix.

(iii)       Mana-Musapani. 5.8 KM Non Frost Susceptible Stone Base and Crust stone base and 400 mtrs of black topping has been completed in this working season.

j) Ghastoli-Rattakona Road. 7 Km equivalent CL-9 NHDL work has been completed based on Go-ahead sanction given within my powers without the Adm approval.

k)       Use of Zydex Technology. Resurfacing work for 7 Km equivalent CL-9 has been done on Rd Dharasu-Gangotri and work with the technology has been proposed on Rd Nelong-Naga. Zydex Nano technology provided better riding surface with longer life.

l)       Use of Ecological Bio Engineering for Slide Protection. The department and National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur has jointly applied this technology at Km 70 Rd Dharasu-Gangotri plant and wherein root of plant and stem after mixing with bacteria result in growth of plants five to six times faster. The plants used are Eriyoforma Komosam grass, Vetiwar grass, Ringaal grass, Aigave Kantula etc.

m)        Completion of Bhagirathi-II Bridge. This bridge is the last bridge of three proposed bridges on Uttarkashi bye Pass. Two bridges namely Indrawati (50 mtr span) and Bhagirathi-I (70mtr Span) were already completed and Bagirathi-II bridge having a span of 122.7 mtr was completed in May 2016. The completion of this bridge has helped in de-congestion of traffic in Uttarkashi town. 

n)       Shifting of BB for Sumna-Rimkhim. Provisioning of five Bailey bridge stores in the remote, difficult, rugged terrain was herculean task. This has been completed by shifting the stores of three sets in departmental vehicles from Malari to Rimkhim. However the balance two sets have been placed at Malari to launch these bridges in next working season.

o)       Improvement of NHs.

(i)         Rudraprayag-Joshimath-Mana. The stretch from Km 514 to 521 has been in dilapidated condition due to glaciated/severe landslide prone area.This year the challenge was taken to improve the surface and till now 5.5 Km of layer of DBM has been completed and the top layer shall be completed before next year Yatra season. In addition the stretch Km 38.3 top 388 has been black topped in the current financial year.

(ii)        Rishikesh-Dharasu-Gangotri. 90 Km black top resurfacing work has been completed in the current financial year.