Uttarakhand News

Kedarpuri Redevelopment Plan: Workers brave sub zero temperature to rebuild Kedarnath

Around 200 workers are braving the blistering cold and working relentlessly to rebuild the Kedarnath after the 2013 flash floods that devastated the entire valley.  This comes after PM Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of five projects worth nearly Rs. 700 crore during his visit to Kedarnath shrine in October. Nestled in the Kedar valley at an elevation of 12,000 feet,  Kedarnath – the abode of Lord Shiva – is a revered pilgrimage destination and one of the Char Dham in Uttarakhand.

The high-altitude shrine has become the centre of a flurry of construction activities. Around 200 laborers with heavy-building equipment are working till late in the night to meet deadlines set for different projects in the first phase of the redevelopment plan.

– Mangesh Ghildiyal, DM Rudraprayag

Rudraprayag District Magistrate Mangesh Ghildiyal ensured that state government will leave no stones unturned to make sure the first phase of township rebuilding project around the revered Kedarnath shrine is completed on time.  Prime Minister himself is monitoring the progress of the Kedarpuri reconstruction. The workers who are working till late night to complete the construction on time have been provided with jackets, gloves, shoes and warm socks to fight the cold.

Around Rs 200 crore worth of construction project are to be completed in the first phase of the project. This iwll include 50 meter wide road from the Sangam to the Kedarnath temple, safety walls and banks along the Saraswati and the Mandakini rivers, and reconstructing Adi Guru Shankaracharya’s tomb, which, too, was ruined in 2013.

Inputs from Tribune India