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Uttarakhand devastation: Kedarnath temple committee unhappy with ASI restoration work

kedarnath ASI was handed the responsibility of restoring the temple which was badly affected by the devastating floods and landslides last year. (Source: AP)
Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Posted: June 16, 2014 3:21 pm

done that as that was the easiest thing to do and did not require any expertise.

“ASI has claimed to have spent around Rs 3 lakh on travel by helicopter but till now their team of four of five people has visited the site only thrice.”

He also questioned the scientific procedure mentioned by ASI in its reply.

“ASI has repeatedly mentioned ‘scientific procedure’ adopted by them in the work. They have also said that they have purchased equipment for the work but where have they kept them?” he asked.

In his response, Bhargava said that “as far as expenditure is concerned, we have purchased some equipment which is with us. IIT Chennai’s expert team has visited the site to assessthe condition of the foundation and the structure. Their second team will visit again on June 19.

“This is not modern construction work, hence it takes time. An ASI team of seven-eight people is there at the site on rotation basis. I have visited the site with our conservation director. Work is on but we can’t fix any time frame for it.”

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