The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has laid the foundation stone for the Char Dham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojna that aims to develop a 900 km road network in Uttarakhand, connecting the four shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The project is estimated to entail an investment of Rs 120 billion. Under the programme, the entire length of the highways will be two-laned with paved shoulders, with a minimum width of 10 metres. The roads will have two tunnels, 15 flyovers, 13 alignments in the landslide zone, 25 large bridges, 18 passenger service centres and 13 bypasses. Meanwhile, the construction work for 17 projects worth Rs 30 billion have already been sanctioned and tendered.