Kedarnath: Preparations are in full swing in Kedarnath ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kedarnath and Badrinath to lay the foundation stone of a few roads and the Hemkund Sahib ropeway on Friday.
PM Modi will visit Kedarnath tomorrow to review and initiate various development projects.
Ganga Dhar Linga, Pradhan Pujari of Badrinath-Kedarnath Mandir Samiti said, “The preparation is in full swing here at Kedarnath ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit. PM Modi will offer prayers at Kedarnath tomorrow morning. The Prime minister will lay the foundation stone of various development projects here.”
He further said that tourism has increased after the 2013 landslides and flash floods disaster.
According to the PMO office, in Kedarnath, at around 8:30 am, he will perform darshan and pooja at the Kedarnath Temple.
At around 9 am, Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of the Kedarnath Ropeway Project. After that, he will visit the Adi Guru Shankaracharya Samadhi Sthal and at around 9:25 am, Prime Minister will review the progress of development works along Mandakini Asthapath and Saraswati Asthapath.
Thereafter, Prime Minister will reach Badrinath where, at around 11:30 am, Prime Minister will perform darshan and pooja at Shri Badrinath Temple. At 12 noon, he will review the progress of the development work of the riverfront, followed by laying the foundation stone of the road and ropeway projects at Mana village at 12:30 pm. Thereafter, at around 2 pm, he will review the progress of the development work of the arrival plaza and lakes.
The ropeway in Kedarnath will be around 9.7 km long and will connect Gaurikund to Kedarnath, reducing the travel time between the two places from 6-7 hours at present, to only about 30 mins.
The Hemkund ropeway will connect Govindghat to Hemkund Sahib.
It will be around 12.4 km long and will reduce the travel time from more than a day to only about 45 minutes. This ropeway will also connect Ghangaria, which is the gateway to Valley of Flowers National Park.
The ropeways, which will be developed at a cumulative cost of around Rs 2,430 crore, are an environmental friendly mode of transport that will provide a safe, secure and stable mode of transport. This major infrastructure development will give a boost to religious tourism, which will give a fillip to the economic development in the region and lead to the creation of multiple employment opportunities as well.
(With ANI Inputs)