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‘Please honor Col. Kothiyal’ requests Kedarnath priest to President of India

Newly elected president of India Ram Nath Kovind was in Uttarakhand where he visited the revered pilgrimage shrines of Kedarnath and Badrinath on Sunday. The Indian president was accompanied by his family as well as Uttarakhand Governor K K Paul and CM Trivendra Rawat. After offering prayers at the Kedarnath temple, when president moved forward to offer donation to the priest Bhagwat Prasad Bagwadi, he politely refused. Instead, he told that he himself was fortunate to assist the first citizen of India. However, he did made one request to the president of India. A request every Uttarakhand native would be proud of.

President Ram Nath Kovind at Kedarnath on Sunday. (Image Source)

He requested Indian president to honor the colonel Ajay Kothiyal – who was instrumental in restoring the Kedarnath pilgrimage after the devastating 2013 floods.  Col. Kothiyal, who is currently the principal of Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (Uttarkashi), and his NIM volunteers single-handedly restored the pilgrimage route to Kedarnath that was destroyed in the wake of floods that swept thousands of lives with it.  When no construction agency came forward for reconstruction of the route at those heights, Mr. Kothiyal and his team chalked out a new road map from Rambara to Kedarnath and worked tirelessly to restore the route.

Colonel Ajay Kothiyal. (Image Source)

The president assured Bagwadi that he will definitely try to make things possible according to the wish made by him. The first citizen and his family began their two-day visit to the state on Saturday by visiting the Ganga at Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar. It was the president’s first visit to Uttarakhand after assuming office.

Inputs from Financial Express