Uttarakhand chief secretary pushes for early rebuilding of Kedarnath after Modi’s visit
Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stones for reconstruction of Kedanrath, chief secretary Utpal Singh has started pushing for its early completion, giving credence to reports that the BJP could launch its campaign for the 2019 general elections from the shrine towndehradun Updated: Oct 29, 2017 19:53 IST
Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stones for reconstruction of Kedanrath, chief secretary Utpal Singh has started pushing for its early completion, giving credence to reports that the BJP could launch its campaign for the 2019 general elections from the shrine town.
Singh, who took charge recently, visited Kedarnath on Saturday and “closely monitored” reconstruction works being carried out in the shrine town that was left ravaged by the cataclysmic floods in 2013.
According to reports, he surveyed the entire area walking on foot and directed officials to speed up reconstruction work. They were also directed to ensure that pilgrims who would be visiting the shrine town next year were able to avail of more facilities.
Singh directed the district magistrate of Rudraprayag Mangesh Ghildiyal to ensure that CCTV cameras were fitted on all resting points along the entire route from Gaurikund to Kedarnath to facilitate a “close and real-time monitoring” of reconstruction works.
The official was also directed to arrange for drone cameras for the purpose. Singh reminded the DM that the prime minister during his visit to Kedarnath on October 20 had suggested that all possible efforts were made to expand the campus of Kedarnath shrine so that its splendour became more visible to eyes.
Singh also inspected the reconstruction of bathing ghats along the river Saraswati besides flood protection works and reconstruction works relating to New Kedarpuri. It’s a proposed residential premises meant for the Teerth purohits (priests) of Kedarnath.
Officials were also directed that levelling of the areas behind the shrine was carried out so as to facilitate its landscaping. “Besides, a park should also be developed in the area so that pilgrims visiting the town have a clear view of the (Kedarnath) shrine,” an official note quoted the chief secretary as directing the officials.
While inspecting the main entrance to the town, Singh directed that beautification of the entire route “is undertaken as per the PM’s vision so that pilgrims have” a full view of the Kedarnth shrine.
Officials were also directed to finish the flood protection works being carried out along the rivers Mandakini and Sarswati within a given time so that the land washed away by the floods could be reclaimed.
Besides, Singh directed the district magistrate to ensure that all electric wires were placed below the land surface at the earliest.
First Published: Oct 29, 2017 19:53 IST