Construction of safety room at Kedarnath temple gets go-ahead

  • Prithviraj Singh, Hindustan Times, Dehradun
  • Updated: May 05, 2016 14:20 IST
The room where deities’ jewelleries and temple antique items were kept was washed away in the 2013 floods.

The Uttarakhand administration has given the go-ahead to the construction of a safety room, funded by Congress leader Kamal Nath, on Kedarnath temple premises to house jewelleries of deities.

The construction was about to begin when Rudraprayag district magistrate Raghav Langar said the project was violating the Kedarnath Master Plan, which was prepared by the state government after the 2013 deluge.

The room where jewelleries, temple antique items and daily cash flows were kept was washed away in the 2013 floods.

Sources said when the temple committee was pleading for construction of a new safety room, Nath came forward to support the cause in alliance with the Badri-Kedarnath Temple Committee (BKTC) but the district administration halted the work.

However, things were sorted out on Tuesday after state chief secretary Shatrughna Singh directed the district magistrate to provide alternate site for the BKTC building as per availability of land in accordance with master plan.

“After site examination it was found that the building was not coming up in the master plan area,” said Singh.

“Our prime concern was safety of the jewelleries and daily cash flow of lakhs of rupees. Also, there were several precious antique items and other veneration items that needed safe lockup rooms,” said BKTC chief executive officer BD Singh.

He said the building work would start soon.

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