Uttarakhand cabinet clears way for corporates to help rebuild Kedarpuri
The state government has decided to sign an agreement with top business houses, including Sajjan Jindal-owned JSW group, under the guidelines that have been ratified by the state cabinetdehradun Updated: Oct 26, 2017 19:28 IST
Reconstruction works of the Kedarpuri—the suburb surrounding the Kedarnath Shrine—will be taken up by the JSW group and other corporate houses under the corporate social responsibilities (CSR) initiatives, the government said.
The state government has decided to sign an agreement with top business houses, including Sajjan Jindal-owned JSW group--a steel, power and infrastructure conglomerate--under the guidelines that were ratified by the state cabinet late on Wednesday, said state urban development minister and government spokesperson Madan Kaushik.
The cabinet has ratified the 16-point guidelines of the state government for reconstruction of Kedarpuri as one of the 13 decisions taken in at meeting, he said.
The reconstruction of Kedarpuri will be monitored by a high-level committee headed by the state chief secretary and it will be empowered to look after the developmental projects at Kedarpuri, Kaushik said.
“Design and architecture of the new constructions will be monitored by the committee,” he said.
“Houses for priests, a bank branch, appointment of nodal officer for reconstruction and host of other decisions, including setting up of two separate offices and setting of two separate divisions of the PWD and irrigation departments at Kedarpuri and Guptkashi have also been finalised by the cabinet.”
Kaushik further said that a memorandum of understanding will be signed soon between the Uttarakhand government and the JSW group for the reconstruction projects.
Kedarpuri was completely devastated in the 2013 flash flood that killed thousands of pilgrims and residents and rendered hundreds homeless.
Other important decisions taken by the cabinet included reconstitution of a bridge, ropeway, tunnel and setting up of an infrastructure development corporation, e-tendering and e-auctioning of leases for riverbed material and mining by amending the Uttarakhand Flood Plain Zoning Act, 2012 and up grading of the municipal boards of Rishikesh and Kotdwar into municipal corporations.
The cabinet also ratified the plan to issue final notification for the Ganga flood plain zoning areas.