The preparation for Chardham Yatra is at its final phase. According to Dinesh Dhanai, State Tourism Minister, Uttarakhand, all the preparations for the yatra are nearing its completion and are most likely to finish prior to April 20, 2015.
It is to be noted that restoration of destinations is in process after the flash flood that took place in June 2013. According to Dhanai, due to unseasonal rain and snowfall, the restoration work has been hampered. However, the minister is hopeful of the work completion before April 20 (if the weather remains stable). Dhanai also informed that the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and Public Works Department (PWD) personnel have been stationed to clear off the routes with the help of bull dozers and dumpers.
Rakesh Sharma, Additional Chief Secretary also showed concern about the unprecedented weather condition. However, he reassures that the restoration work will end soon as the arrangements for Kedarnath yatra are better than the arrangements prior to 2013 disaster. He also intimated that around 300 workers are placed in Kedarnath and about 25 bio-digesters are believed to be installed. Out of the six buildings that are said to obstruct the pilgrims’ view of the shrine, five have been demolished with the owners’ consent. Sharma also informed that there is still six feet deep snow in Kedarnath.