Kedarnath prepares to welcome PM Narendra Modi on November 5
New Delhi : The preparations in Kedarnath are on full swing ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit scheduled on November 5. The Prime Minister will offer prayers at the Kedarnath Temple and thereafter inaugurate Shri Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi and also unveil the statue of Shri Adi Shankaracharya there.
A devotee, who came to visit the Kedarnath temple, told news agency ANI, "After 2013, PM Modi has done a lot of developments in this place. I want some hotels to come up in Kedarnath."Another devotee said, "I am coming here every year from 2011. After 2013, a number of development works have been done. People are also getting employment."
According to a statement by PMO, PM Modi will also lay foundation stone for many projects worth Rs 180 crores, including the Redevelopment of Sangam Ghat, First Aid and Tourist Facilitation Centre, Admin Office and Hospital, two Guest Houses, Police Station, Command and Control Centre, Mandakini Aasthapath Queue Management and Rainshelter and Saraswati Civic Amenity Building.
Meanwhile, Uttarakhand CM visited Kedarnath two days before the visit on PM Modi and pacified protesting priests while taking stock of the situation.
State ministers Harak Singh Rawat and Subodh Uniyal accompanied Dhami.
Priests of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamnotri dham are opposing the Devasthanam Board Act, enacted during Trivendra Rawat’s tenure as CM. Under the law, 51 temples associated with the four shrines are governed by the Devasthanam Board, formed through a legislation two years ago.