In the last week of August 2021, the remote town of Dharchula in Pithoragarh District witnessed unprecedented rainfall, which was accompanied by flash floods and heavy rainfall.
Major damage occurred on August 30, 2021, when flash floods and cloud burst washed away approximately 500 meters of road in the general area Dobat on Pithoragarh-Tawaghat National Highway, between kilometers 98 to 102, disrupting the road communication on this critical stretch of the National Highway.
Responding to the emergent and critical situation, BRO has deployed a special Team of personnel from Project Hirak to undertake immediate rehabilitation works and clear the blockages at the earliest. Presently, a Task Force of 80 BRO personnel along with a number of excavators and JCBs are working 24×7 to restore connectivity at the earliest.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Shri Pushkar Singh Dhami visited Dharchula, District Pithoragarh on September 01, 2021 to review rehabilitation works after the recent floods and cloud burst on August 30, 2021. Task Force Commander of BRO at Dharchula briefed the Chief Minister about the breaches on Pithoragarh-Tawaghat Road and rehabilitation work that is being undertaken by BRO.
In the meantime, BRO has already constructed foot tracks in the damaged stretches facilitating the movement of pedestrians. Humanitarian assistance was provided to the locals by provisioning food packets by BRO. Despite challenging conditions, hard work is being put in by all ranks of BRO on ground to ensure opening of the road axis at the earliest.