Kedarnath and the surrounding areas will be reconstructed in two years i.e.much before the timeline set by the government, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has said
Recently, an MI-26 chopper of IAF landed which the CM described as an historic event and said it has infused the energy into the reconstruction works in Kedar Valley, which suffered heavy damage in 2013 due to floods. He further stated “The central government had fixed the timeline of three years for construction, but it will be done within two years.”
Landing for the first time at the height of over 11,000 ft, an MI-26 chopper successfully unloaded heavy stone cutting equipment and JCBs. “This will increase the pace of our reconstruction efforts.” Rawat said on Wednesday after inaugurating the Magh fair on the occasion of Makar Sankranti at Uttarkashi.
With the help of a chopper, equipment including five hydraulic load carrier dumpers, two JCB-3DX, three Poclain machines, two snow-blowers and one Hydra Lift crane will also be transferred to the site. Such equipment can easily accomplish tasks like demolishing decaying buildings and removing large boulders, among others.
Kedar valley has always been a stopover for pilgrims due to the presence of Kedarnath Temple. Now that the chief minister has given the assurance of completing the reconstruction work within two years, pilgrims will again be able to embark and finish Kedarnath Yatra without any difficulties. The Chardham Yatra of Uttarakhand is not deemed complete without paying reverence at Kedarnath. Thus, the consoling words from chief minister has become a reason for rejoice for pilgrims.
For Char Dham Yatra 2015, government has made many arrangements for the convenience of pilgrims, which include construction of ropeways, development of helipads, introduction of shelters and deployment of medical teams.