Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi wrapped up his day on Saturday after meeting Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguna to discuss relief works in the areas that had been devastated after last week’s heavy downpour.
Modi who arrived Dehradun on Friday afternoon conducted an aerial survey of the affected areas on Saturday. Later he went to Shantikunj at Haridwar and said that help provided by the locals to pilgrims was a commendable job.
Shantikunj, which has large followers from Gujarat is conducting relief works in the affected areas. Modi’s meeting with Bahuguna considered as crucial. Sources told both the leaders discussed relief operations in Uttarakhand and the measures to augment operations. A large number of pilgrims from Gujarat visit Uttarakhand every year.
Meanwhile CM Bahuguna claimed that within a week time all the stranded pilgrims would be ‘evacuated’ to safer places. He told that Kedarnath has been entirely evacuated and now focus was on to clear Badrinath where some 10,000 pilgrims are stranded.
CM said he was consulting priest and soon puja would also be performed in the Kedarnath temple. Mass cremations would also be held of those killed in the flash floods.
“Dead pilgrims would be cremated with all the respect and rituals” CM told reporters at his camp office.
He also underlined ASI’s help will be sought to restore the damaged temple structure.