Bahuguna visits Kedarnath temple

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna Monday visited the Kedarnath temple and supervised the cleanliness drive undertaken by the state government on the temple premises

Written by Express News Service | Dehradun | Published: July 23, 2013 1:59 am

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna Monday visited the Kedarnath temple and supervised the cleanliness drive undertaken by the state government on the temple premises following the June 16-17 disaster caused by floods and landslide.

Bahuguna’s visit to the temple comes in the backdrop of demands by various religious organisations to begin worship at the temple at the earliest possible. “It was the first Monday of the ‘Sawan’ and there used to be special prayers on this occasion at the Kedarnath temple,” a release issued by the state government regarding Bahuguna’s visit said.

It said that the Chief Minister went to the temple and made his contribution in the cleanliness drive on the temple premises.

Engineering Projects (India) Limited (EPIL),which is a public sector enterprise under the Union Ministry of Heavy Industry,has been already assigned the job of removing debris accumulated around the temple under the supervision of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Meanwhile,the state government has also made available a helicopter to carry labourers and food material for them at the Kedarnath temple.

“Even today,the conditions at the Kedarnath temple are very challenging and people are working in these difficult circumstances. There is a hope that worship too would start soon in the temple,” the state government’s release said.

It said a memorial would also be built on Kedarnath temple premises in the memory of those who lost their lives in the disaster.

“It would be ensured that it does not violate the aesthetics of the temple,” the release said and added that an alternative route to the temple is also being explored.

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