PM Modi reviews Kedarnath works with CM & senior officials
State requires Rs 200 crore for various construction works in Kedarnath: CM
The state Government should envision and design development projects for holy sites like Kedarnath and Badrinath in a way and manner that stands the test of time and is yet eco-friendly and in harmony with nature and its surroundings.Prime minister Narendra Modi said this while conducting a review of the Kedarnath Dham reconstruction and development project with the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and senior state officials via video conferencing on Wednesday. During the meeting, the PM also viewed ongoing works at Kedarnath through a drone-mounted camera.
Modi said that considering the present situation and comparatively lean pressure in terms of tourists and pilgrims to the holy sites, the present construction season could be utilised for completing pending works by proper distribution of labour pools, keeping in mind the norms of social distancing. This will help to create facilities and infrastructure to better sustain tourism flow in the years to come.
As part of specific suggestions, the PM also gave directions for further development of other heritage and religious spots in the stretch extending from Ramban to Kedarnath. This work will be in addition to the redevelopment of the main shrine in Kedarnath.
The meeting also saw detailed discussions on topics related to status of development of Brahma Kamal Vatika (garden) and museum to greet pilgrims en-route to Vasuki Tal, redevelopment of old town quarters and properties of historical significance keeping intact their original architectural façade as well as other facilities like eco-friendly parking spaces at a proper distance from the shrine and at regular intervals.
CM Trivendra Singh Rawat requested the PM that the State would require about Rs 200 crore for various construction works at Kedarnath. He informed that locals were being granted permission in limited numbers to visit Kedarnath and Badrinath shrines. Wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and other precautions will have to be observed by all. Chief secretary Utpal Kumar Singh informed the PM about the status of various construction works underway in Kedarnath.
Only local residents to be allowed to visit Badrinath
The Chamoli district administration has issued guidelines for allowing devotees to visit Badrinath temple. Only the local residents of Bamni village, Mana and Badrinath Nagar Panchayat will be allowed to visit the shrine. People from other areas of Chamoli district, from elsewhere in the state, nation or abroad will not be allowed to visit the shrine till June 30. Further, the devotees will be able to have darshan of lord Badrinath from the machan of the main door via Sinhdwar. The 19 ascetics registered in Badrinath Nagar Panchayat, who have been in the district for more than a month will be granted permission by the Joshimath sub divisional magistrate to go to their lodgings in Badrinath. Owners of shops and hotels in Badrinath will be granted conditional permission to visit for a day from 7 AM to 7 PM to inspect their establishments. If they require labourers to repair their establishments, due process will have to be followed to secure permission to bring them. However, owners of shops and hotels who are staying in other districts or states will not be permitted to either repair or open their establishments.
Thursday, 11 June 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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