But on June 16, hours before the flash floods hit the upper reaches of Uttarakhand, the temple of Dhari Devi was shifted further uphill to prevent it from being submerged by the waters of the 300 MW hydel power project being built by the Alaknanda Hydel Project Company a subsidiary of GVK power. The idol, which rested on a small hill, was cut from its base.
For years, the locals had been protesting the relocation of the temple but the state government was adamant about the shift. Reason: Without that relocation the project work could not start.
GVK officials, however, claim the relocation was decided much earlier and was not done in haste.