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Modi in Kedarnath Highlights: Have resolved to fulfil the dream of developed India by 2022, says PM

A day after celebrating Diwali with the jawans in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached the revered Kedarnath shrine in Uttarakhand on Friday morning.

india Updated: Oct 20, 2017 12:14 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Kedarnath temple(TV Screengrab)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday visited the Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath ahead of its closure for the next six months. This is his second visit to the shrine this year.

Modi was accompanied by Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and other state and central government officials.

The priests at the Lord Shiva shrine and the locals welcomed the Prime Minister. The temple was decked up with yellow flowers.

After offering prayers, Modi began addressing people gathered at the temple.

Below are the highlights :

11:50 am: PM says reconstruction of Kedarpuri, with improved facilities for devotees, will be expensive but there will be no dearth of funds.

11:40 am: PM invites tourists to explore the Himalayas, says the hills have so much to offer- for spiritual pursuits, for the nature lover, for those interested in adventure, water sports.

It is the responsibility of us all to protect the environment. If we protect the environment, it will protect us in return: PM

11:36 am: Have to develop strategy that inculcates discipline among tourists. Uttarakhand should become the most favoured tourist destination: PM Modi

Modi says discipline is in the blood of people here in Uttarakhand where at least one person from each family is a soldier.

11:35 am: Govt is taking initiative that ensures that the youth of the area doesn’t leave the area. Centre taking steps to ensure that resources of the mountains are pooled in for development of only the mountains: Modi: PM

11:34 am: We’re building modern infrastructure in Kedarnath but the traditional soul will be preserved and will ensure environment laws are not flouted: PM

11:25 am: I urge corporate world to take up CSR activities to help in the restoration work of Kedarnath: Modi

11:20am: Through the development we are doing in Kedarnath, we want to show how an ideal ‘Tirth Kshetra’ should be.

11:15am: When floods of 2013 occurred I was not PM, I was Gujarat CM. I offered to help in rebuilding but Centre became nervous, says Modi.

11:10am: I have resolved to devote myself to fulfilling dream of a developed India by 2022, says the Prime Minister.

11:05am: Modi wishes Gujarat a happy new year.

11am: PM Modi begins addressing people outside temple

First Published: Oct 20, 2017 11:21 IST