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Army to help boost connectivity in border areas of Uttarakhand: General Bipin Rawat

Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat said the Army will extend support to provide basic facilities such as roads and telecommunication services those villages in Uttarakhand which are close to t the Indo-China border. Referring to his negotiation with the state government.

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Updated: Nov 05, 2019, 06.25 PM IST
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Gen Rawat praised the state government for steps being taken to utilise natural resources at its disposal for the state's development.
TEHRI (UTTARAKHAND): Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat said the Army will extend support to provide basic facilities such as roads and telecommunication services those villages in Uttarakhand which are close to t the Indo-China border. Referring to his negotiation with the state government, Rawat said there is also fast progress making “advance landing grounds” (or Airfield) in this hill state.

He was addressing “Raibar-2”, a state government-sponsored programme to deliberate on measures for development of the state with focus on remote hilly areas.

The function on the bank of Tehri lake was attended by Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat and his UP couterpart Yogi Adityanth.

Describing Uttarakhand as “heaven on the earth”, Rawat said the Army is also helping villagers to start agricultural activities related to walnut and chilgoza near China border.

He also said the Army is in touch with the CMO for the development of his state. He assured the state government for extending cooperation for increasing rail, road and air connectivity in the state.

Highlighting “Kashi Vishwanath Mandir Vistarikaran-Saundaryikaran Yojana” (Kashi Vishwanath Temple extension and beautification plan), UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath said temples can be source of employment in a state like Uttarakhand. He said the flowers, which are offered in Kashi Vishwanath temple, are now used for making incensed sticks, perfumes and compost. Several Self Help Group (SHG) are playing their roles in areas like Chandauli near Varanasi in this business.

UP CM Yogi specially highlighted good coordination between UP and Uttarkhand and it has resulted into the end of the many disputes between two states. Due to the lack of mutual cooperation between two states, several issues remained pending. Two states have now solved their most of the problems, he further added.

Yogi visibly turned nostalgic when he remembered that he has come to Tehri after a long gap. “Last time I visited Tehri in 1986. While coming from Helipad, I saw the New Tehri. There is now much development,” he told the gathering.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat described the “raibar” function as a source of inspiration for the natives of Uttarkhand who works in different parts of the state. He credited Delhi-based journalist Manjit Negi, a native of Uttarkhand, for the idea behind this function. A book “Hill warriors”, authored by Manjit Negi, was also released on this occasion.

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