Reconstructing Kedarpuri: Big B’s show on foreign shores to shore up funds

Amitabh Bachchan might host the proposed musical show either in some European country or in the United States of America. “This would fetch more proceeds which would be utilised in developing New Kedarpuri Township in place of Old Kedarpuri Town,” Rudraprayag DM Mangesh Ghildiyal said.

dehradun Updated: Sep 16, 2017 21:10 IST
Deep Joshi
Deep Joshi
Hindustan Times
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Amitabh Bachchan may host the proposed musical show either in some European country or in the US.(Photo by Viral Bhayani)

DEHRDUN: Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan will soon host a mega show abroad, to raise funds to reconstruct the shrine town of Kedarnath, which was ravaged by the cataclysmic floods that hit Uttarakhand’s fabled Chardham in 2013, said chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on the sidelines of a Janata Darbar in Rudraprayag on Friday.

“It is being built on the site of Old Kedarpuri town, which was washed away in the massive 2013 floods some four years ago,” said District Magistrate of Rudraprayag Mangesh Ghildiyal.

Bachchan might host the proposed musical show either in some European country or in the United States of America. “This would fetch more proceeds which would be utilised in developing New Kedarpuri Township in place of Old Kedarpuri Town,” said Ghildiyal.

Ghildiyal said around 40 houses in the flood hit Old Kedarpuri township had been reconstructed and would be handed over to their owners by December. “The rest of the 73 houses are currently being rebuilt,” he said adding that their reconstruction is being undertaken by Jindal Group under the Corporate Social Responsibility. He said that the construction of a three-tier flood protection wall from the side of Chaurabari Lake that burst during the downpour in mid-June 2013 washing away Old Kedarpuri, had been completed.

“The flood protection walls coming up on the banks of two rivers flowing through the two extremities of Kedanath are also being built jointly by Jindal Group and Tehri Hydro Development Corporation (THDC),” said Ghildiyal. The terrain where the agencies concerned were engaged in the reconstruction of Old Kedarpuri was tough. “Besides, there is a constraint of limited working season in a high altitude area like Kedarnath owing to factors like heavy snowfall and rainfall occurring for a long period…yet they (agencies) are trying their best,” said Ghildiyal.

First Published: Sep 16, 2017 21:10 IST