Dehradun . Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reviewed the ongoing reconstruction works in Shri Badrinath and Shri Kedarnath through virtual drone. Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and high officials participated virtual in this meeting from the Secretariat.
During this, Prime Minister Modi took complete information about the progress of reconstruction works of Shri Badrinath and Shri Kedarnath. He said that in the coming time, the number of devotees in Shri Kedarnath and Shri Badrinath Dham will increase rapidly. The places near Shri Kedarnath will also have to be developed from the point of view of spiritual tourism. He said that for this, efforts will have to be made in the direction of development of the surrounding areas. Attention should also be paid to the accommodation and basic facilities available to the devotees between Rambara and Kedarnath. He said that a complete plan should be prepared of what can be done spiritually for the devotees of Vasuki Tal, Garuda Chatti, Lincholi and their surroundings.
The Prime Minister said that along with Shri Badrinath, a plan should also be made to develop the surrounding areas as a model. Attention should also be paid to develop Mana village and its surrounding areas for rural tourism. In these, a good model of economy can be made by promoting local culture and local products. He said that in view of the convenience of the devotees in Shri Kedarnath and Shri Badrinath, maximum cooperation should be taken from the servants and doctors also. Public cooperation is also necessary with government systems.
Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said that under the guidance of the Prime Minister, the reconstruction work is going on at a fast pace in Shri Badrinath and Shri Kedarnath. In view of the convenience of the devotees, night and day work is in progress. The target has been set to complete all the works by December 2023. So far this year, more than 35 lakh registered devotees have come for the Char Dham Yatra.
Chief Secretary Dr. SS Sandhu gave a presentation on the reconstruction works of Shri Kedarnath and Shri Badrinath. He informed that the reconstruction work of the first phase in Shri Kedarnath has been completed. In the second phase, 21 works worth Rs 188 crore are being done. Out of these 03 works have been completed. 06 The works will be completed by December 2022. The remaining 12 works are targeted to be completed by July 2023.
The Chief Secretary informed that the gate has been constructed in Gaurikund. The work of Sangam Ghat will be completed by June 2023. The work of Ishaneshwar Temple will also be completed in a month. According to the master plan, all the works will be completed by December 2023. He said that according to the master plan in Badrinath also works are being done at a fast pace. The work of Sheesh Netra Lake and Badrish Lake will be completed in three months. The work of river development project will be completed by June 2023.
Secretary Culture, Government of India Govind Mohan told through the presentation that there are four types of work to be done under the Ministry of Culture for Shri Kedarnath, which will be started soon. Establishment of Orientation Center at Sonprayag, Chintan Sthal (meditation place) at Rambara, Choti Lincholi, Badi Lincholi and Channi Camp, Shiv Udyan at Shri Kedarnath and Shri Kedar Gatha Museum will be constructed at Shri Kedarnath. All these works have been fully planned and prepared.
Apart from the Chief Secretary, Officer on Special Duty, Tourism Department Bhaskar Khulbe, Secretary Tourism Sachin Kurve, Secretary Culture Government of India Govind Mohan, Joint Secretary Government of India Rohit Yadav, Deputy Secretary Government of India Mangesh Ghildiyal were also present on this occasion.