Ensure completion of Kedarnath reconstruction within deadline: CS
The chief secretary Om Prakash has directed the various departments and agencies concerned to expedite Kedarnath reconstruction works in order to meet the deadline. The chief secretary said this while inspecting the works at Kedarnath along with the Tourism secretary Dilip Jawalkar and other officials concerned on Saturday.
While inspecting the works, the chief secretary directed the executing agencies to also ensure the desired quality of works while expediting the same. The reconstruction works must be completed without fail within the given deadline, he stressed. Inspecting the work underway at Shankaracharya Samadhi, the chief secretary was informed that a 12 metre boundary wall and three metre Mandal wall is to be constructed. Three sides of the boundary wall have been built upto 1.5 metres while iron rods and concrete work is underway on the fourth portion of the boundary wall. Concrete work is underway on the 48×3.6 metre passage being built from the Divyashila behind the Kedarnath shrine to the Samadhi. Regarding this, the chief secretary directed the Jindal Steel Works (JSW) manager Vikas Rana to ensure that the work on Shankaracharya Samadhi and passage are completed without fail by December 31.
The construction of 504×5 metre Astha Path along the Saraswati river has been completed and steps have also been constructed on the ghat. Lighting for beautification of the steps leading to the ghat has to be done. Five view-points are to be made near the ghat and out of these work has been completed on three view-points. Regarding this, the chief secretary directed the JSW to complete construction of the remaining two view-points by the end of September and to complete the ghat beautification work by October.
Inspecting the three damaged cottages of Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam near the MI 26 helipad, Prakash directed the PWD superintending engineer Mukesh Parmar to ensure that the damaged cottages are cleared within 10 days. It will be recalled that in its meeting held on Friday, the cabinet has approved the proposal to expand this helipad to enable landing of the heavy lift Chinook helicopter. Regarding the bridge to Garudchatti being constructed by the DDMA, the chief secretary directed its executive engineer, Praveen Karnwal to ensure that the construction of the bridge is completed by December 31. The Jindal group is also to construct five units for Teerth Purohits with two of the units having been constructed and handed over to the district administration. Prakash directed the officials concerned to complete construction of the remaining three units by September 15, September 30 and October 15 and hand over the same to the district administration. The Rudraprayag district magistrate Vandana Singh was also among those present during the chief secretary’s inspection.
Sunday, 06 September 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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